I interviewed artist Dan Goldman for Live FAST Magazine about one of his latest projects, Priya's Shakti, a comic book that uses Hindu mythology to spark a national debate in India about rape culture and gender-based violence, like acid attacks. He talked about storytelling and graphic novels as a way to speak truth to power and demand social justice.
LF: How does a white Jewish guy from south Florida have the right to tell this story?
DG: I think that’s small thinking. I’m a citizen of the world. I’ve been all over the place. I’m a person. Rape is a big deal in India, but it’s not an Indian problem. It’s a problem here, too. My hope and intention was for us to not just create a conversation but a movement that would come from India and spread out to other parts of the world. If I can do that with my silly comic books, then I’ve done something amazing.
LF: What does Priya stand for?
DG: She’s a heroine against the patriarchy in India as much as she is a symbol against rape. There’s such a deep, incredibly unfair, patriarchal view in so much of Indian culture. Indian women are pissed and frustrated. I can create a character to slice that open. I don’t see anyone doing that in the States, in any art form, except maybe novels.
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