“Blame This on the Boogie is a freeform immersion via the Great American Songbook into memory, motherhood, Filipino culture, Pittsburgh, and Dancing With the Stars fan-fiction, told with delirious hand-made energy and big-hearted charm.”—Daniel Clowes, creator of Patience, Eightball
Inspired by the visual richness and cinematic structure of the Hollywood Musical, Blame this on the Boogie chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life’s hardships and mundanity through through the genre’s feel good song and dance numbers. “Boogie” explores how the glowing charm of the silver screen can transform one’s reality, shaping their approach to childhood, relationships, sports, reality TV, and eventually politics, parenthood, and mortality.
Fall 2018, 200 pp, Full color, $22.95 USD
ISBN: 9781770463189, eBook ISBN : 9781770464223
“Rendered entirely with colored pencils, Ayuyang’s art is full of vibrant vitality.”—The AV Club
Praise for Blame This on the Boogie
“Blame This on the Boogie draws us in with effortless grace and weaves a sweetly compelling story of assimilation, ambition, and a 1980s childhood shaped by ‘Solid Gold,’ Duran Duran videos, and Fred Astaire. Rina’s gift for expressing her love of dance and her love for her family brings something new and refreshing to graphic memoirs that I want more of!”—Mimi Pond, creator of Over Easy
“Ayuyang’s memoir bursts with energetic charm in celebrating the importance of family.”—Library Journal
“With bright, vivacious colors that echo the very films she loves, Ayuyang draws in readers as she struggles to deal with conflicts and worries both personal and universal.”—Paste Magazine
“[Ayuyang’s] art is absolutely gorgeous.”—Bookriot
Interviews & Profiles
- Anatomy of a Panel: Rina Ayuyang BLAME(s) IT ON THE BOOGIE, Comicosity, Frederick Luis Aldama, August 26, 2020.
- Rina Ayuyang’s ‘Blame This on the Boogie’ Reflects Her Love of Song and Dance, East Bay Express, Brandon Yu, December 4, 2018.
- Ayuyang Talks Disco, Growing Up Filipino In the 1970’s, Publishers Weekly, Meg Lemke, November 6, 2018.