feature: meet the fat goth heroine of cartoonist calyn pickens-rich’s dining with dana

April 29, 2016

Dining with Dana is the super cute comic series by illustrator Calyn Pickens-Rich that follows fat goth babe Dana and her friends on the cultural fringe. Calyn uses situation humor to unpack the micro-aggressions fat women face, the ways in which society tells us that we don’t belong and that we need to change. Pickens-Rich also sells merch and accepts commissions, through Etsy, to pay for supplies to make the series. Meet Dana and the crew, below!

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Pictured: Youtubers Sakhia and Ameryst

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