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Muriel Steinke

Graphic Memoir, 2022

Growing up, I avoided euchre with a ferocity and conviction so exhausting that I rarely deployed it in any other area of my existence. In my Midwestern family of loud talkers and proud goofballs, it was the social currency at every gathering, each tournament an inevitable feature of the evening. Loser is a graphic memoir that playfully explores my memories and experiences through the context of the card games I’ve learned, played, and resisted throughout my life. Through essays, illustrations, and photographs I navigate the variety of ways I’ve used games as a tool for socializing (or not socializing) and how that has caused my perspective on my relationships to evolve.