Launching this month from writer/illustrator Iolanda Zanfardino (Alice In Leatherland, A Thing Called Truth), HECATE'S WILL introduces us to a graffiti artist heroine named Hecate who uses her art to impact the world in this street-smart adventure that celebrates outsider-art, diverse found family, LGBTQIA+ rock musicals, and never giving up on your dreams.
“HECATE’S WILL is about the fight against the little voice in your head that reminds you ‘if you can’t take it anymore, you can always give up,'" said Zanfardino, "but you have to keep fighting it because the only way you can live your life is to be true to yourself.”
In HECATE’S WILL, we meet legendary NYC graffiti artist Hecate, who is facing burnout & despair and has decided to retire, abandoning her dream of changing the world through art--but, before she quits, she’s going to create one final street-art experience: a graffiti scavenger hunt through the streets of Manhattan that will lead her fans to a final message and artistic testament.
As her street-art experiment catches fire with young NYC artists and activists, Hecate's best friend ropes her into working on a revival of the musical ‘RENT’ by a joyous ensemble of LGBTQIA+ artists who remind her how art brings people together, challenging all of Hecate’s expectations and assumptions. But will it be enough to inspire Hecate to renew her convictions and remain true to her artistic self?
As Iolanda describes the book: “HECATE’S WILL is a story for anyone who knows that making Art means proudly showing your scars to the world.”
With HECATE’S WILL, Iolanda Zanfardino has created a character struggling against creative burnout, isolation, and heartache. Hecate’s true nemesis is despair itself--she just might be the very hero we need right now.