Spotlight: “Reflections on My Quiet Nature”

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Living in an extrovert-oriented society, I’ve always struggled to accept my own introverted nature. This comic tells the story of how being introverted caused me to have self-doubts about my identity while growing up. I eventually overcame this shame, but I still feel the need to prove myself to others who might perceive me negatively due to my shyness. Oftentimes, people overlook introverts—I hope this comic can empower other introverts who may relate to the struggles I detail, as well as inform extroverts of some of the challenges introverts face.

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Sam Nakahira is a fourth-year history student at Grinnell College, interested in sharing stories from history, current events, and her daily life through comics. Since she was a kid, she would read comics, manga, and graphic novels all day long. Just as her favorite cartoonists and artists have done for her, she wants to draw stories that transform readers' worlds, perspectives, and thoughts. She is currently working on creating a nonfiction, historical graphic novel about a Japanese American food retailer. Visit her website: www.samnakahira.com. More from this author →