Welcome to South Bend: How to Change Your Name in Indiana

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This is a comic adaptation of excerpts taken from the author’s essay “My Viking Name,” originally published in Colorado Review.


Kelcey Parker Ervick moved to South Bend, Indiana in 2006 and didn’t expect to stay. She also didn’t expect to be making comics, but now it’s pretty much all she wants to do. She is the author of three award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction: The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art about a Czech fairy tale writer; Liliane's Balcony, set at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater; and the story collection For Sale by Owner. Her comics and graphic essays have appeared or will soon in The Believer, Quarterly West, Passages North, Ilanot Review, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor, with Tom Hart, of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Follow her daily-ish art habit on Instagram. More from this author →