New SLG graphic novel explores San Francisco's Tenderloin

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Ever wonder what lies beneath the murkiest, seediest underbellies of the biggest cities? Comic Book creator S. Eddy Bell wondered the same thing about San Francisco's notorious Tenderloin district. He delved into the world of those that live in the outskirts and found a surprisingly relatable story. "Every night and every morning I pass by sex workers and drug dealers on my way to work, coming home from the bar, going to the gym, whenever," says Bell, "it's hard to pass by these people everyday and not pick up on stuff and wonder what their lives are like, to feel sympathy for them and at the same time want to keep one's distance."

Bell's new graphic novel tells the funny and heartwarming tale of Lulu and Mitzy: two best friends who happen to be living in the Tenderloin as sex workers. The book's unusual set up may seem like a hard sell, but Bell's highly relatable story puts faces to the often-times anonymous underbelly of the sex industry. "It really is kind of a love story about two very different people who need each other," says Bell," it's about two young immigrant women who are trying to get by in a rough existence any way they can and come to realize that they complete each other."

Lulu & Mitzy creator S. Eddy Bell will be doing a book signing at the grand opening of the SLG Publishing Comic Art Gallery and Boutiki on Friday December 5th. Copies of his new book will be available for purchase and part of the gallery will be devoted to a display of some of his non-comic art. The gallery is located in downtown San Jose, CA.

Lulu and Mitzy: Best Laid Plans (ISBN 9781593621377) is currently available from better comics and book retailers as well as online at Amazon.com.

The SLG Art Boutiki & Gallery is located at 577 S. Market Street in San Jose, CA.

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