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 MFA candidate at the Center for Cartoon Studies and a 2019 graduate of Grinnell College. She creates comics based on her interests: food, history, pop culture, and her observations from her daily life and her travels. Her comics have been published by the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Spiralbound, Entropy, and Popula. She self-published a historical graphic novel about a Japanese American food retailer in May 2019 and is currently putting together a comics anthology for Asian American artists. You can follow her at @samnakahira on Twitter. More from this author →