Synopses & Reviews
Foreward by Luis Alberto Urrea A new nightmare plagues the Mexico-Arizona border. A famine caused by Blackwell Industries drives Diego Busqueda, a noble coyote, to lead a band of Mexican border crossers across the unforgiving Devil's Highway, a desert cursed with blistering days and deadly nights. Back home, Diego's daughter, Flaca, discovers that something hungrier prowls the factory fields. Stalked and persecuted, can the Busqueda family maintain their dreams of immigration or will the unspeakable horrors of the desert tear them apart? On the Feeding Ground, there is no freedom without sacrifice...
"One small, powerless but stubborn Mexican family is pitted against the agro-industrial juggernaut Blackwell and all of its enablers in Mexico in this passionate, political graphic novel. While Diego Busqueda seeks relief in America from the deprivations inflicted on his Mexican hometown by the rapacious Blackwell, his family struggles to withstand poverty and harassment from local authority figures. When oppression erupts into violent conflict, Diego's family is forced to flee. Unfortunately for the Busquedas, young daughter Flaca already carries within her the seeds of a terrible transformation, the legacy of Blackwell's true purpose. Often gory and eschewing an easy happy ending, Lang and Lapinski have created an allegory for the sometimes predatory relationship American companies have with Mexico. While Diego and the rest of his family are portrayed sympathetically, even when committing terrible acts in their desperation, the corporate antagonists are motivated by simple greed and unbound lust for power; no plea of necessity excuses their actions. Lapinski's art does a fine job capturing the emotions of the story without getting melodramatic. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Swifty Lang was born in Liege, Belgium and raised in South Florida. After graduating from Brandeis University, he received his MA in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He is a reformed film critic whose writing and interviews have been featured in Sh’Ma and the Miami New Times. He began his horror career stealing glances into his father’s medical oddity textbooks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York now.