Cartoonist/ Creator Sofia Szamosi for Graphic Universe’s ‘Unretouchable’

Gerard Ortiz

In an age of social media and the want for people today to decide by visual appearance, it is effortless to get missing in that will need for acceptance. But what is it that sets the standard of what is or is not beautiful, or trending? It is this topic and far more that creator Sofia Szamosi explores in her new graphic novel Unretouchable.

Coming out on September 6th by Graphic Universe (an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group), Unretouchable tells the tale of Olive. A talented youthful woman who gets an opportunity just before heading to artwork university to discover about trend images and all that goes into it. Which includes the notion that every thing that you see online and in journals are not often what they seem.


In UNRETOUCHABLE, Olive is investing the summer time prior to artwork school at a coveted internship, supporting one particular of the style industry’s elite electronic-imaging experts. Just after a glamorous New York photoshoot, she learns that getting photos is only the to start with step. She discovers the “violent verbs” (lower, crop, slice, lasso) of image retouching computer software and the tricks guiding “virtual products.” Quickly Olive is fixating on her personal appearance and pondering the ethics of her work powering the scenes. As higher education receives nearer, she’ll try out to get out of her own head, try to give up the World wide web, and at last embrace picture-producing on her possess conditions. UNRETOUCHABLE is a window into the tiny-recognised, massively influential world of photograph retouching and a tribute to self-acceptance.

A short while ago, we experienced an prospect to talk to Sofia about her beginnings, her love of producing as a result of painting, movie and images, her perform with her cousin Sadie Radinsky and of program, her new reserve Unretouchable. So, let’s welcome Sofia Szamosi to GVN Talking Comics.


GVN: Thank you so much for sharing some of your time Sofia. Given that this is our 1st probability to get to know you, let’s start with your beginnings. When did you just take an interest in Art/Photography/Cartooning and whose get the job done influenced you to think it could be a thing to aspire to?

SS: I have usually beloved creating art. I used several hours drawing each day when I was a child. As a kid, I really favored dark matters that I considered have been for major little ones, like R. Crumb and H.R. Giger. My bold, black and white illustration type in my debut graphic novel, Unretouchable, was absolutely inspired by these kinds of greats as Marjane Satrapi and Alison Bechdel. Unretouchable tackles social media, human body graphic, and the manipulation of the photographs we see, through the lens of 18-calendar year-aged Olive as she embarks on an internship with a image retoucher at a vogue magazine.


GVN: In my analysis for this interview (primarily on your web site), I observed that you are fairly brave and bold in your art and not scared to “make a mess” in pursuit of your various creative imagination. Specifically when it arrived to photography and video clip. What motivates you in that creation and do you start off out with a specific theme or message you’re striving to convey or is it much more random to begin with?

SS: It is correct that a good deal of the art I created in my twenties concerned mess-creating I “tarred and feathered” myself, protected myself in meals, and did a great deal of painting — which can be extremely goopy. I like to make art with my hands / get my fingers filthy. I imagine I take pleasure in the method in a way that’s equivalent to Giorgio, Olive’s mentor in Unretouchable — who tells her he finds respite from his career hunting at screens all day by creating one particular-of-a-kind paper collages with his arms, which he calls his “unretouchable” art.

Sadie Radinsky

GVN: Among the your modern performs was executing illustrations for Sadie Radinsky on her book “Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Like Your Total Self, and Make Mates with Foods.” How did this collaboration occur about?

SS: The great and industrious Sadie Radinsky is my cousin. She has been creating a teenager empowerment and healthy cooking/baking site since she was Thirteen. I was so fired up when she questioned me to make illustrations for her very first e-book, Full Woman, which is all about embracing and nourishing our whole selves and exhibiting that “whole girls” come in a great deal of distinct bodies.


GVN: Now let’s talk about YOUR forthcoming book Unretouchable. This is a delightful book that I located rather relatable. Even to a 60-calendar year-aged guy. But we’ll circle back again to that. But very first, what motivated this ebook and its genuine and at moments humorous glimpse at the difficulties of self-impression and making an attempt to conform to other people’s thought of what is interesting?

SS: Thank you! This reserve was motivated by an precise internship I did in 2016 with a image retoucher close friend in NYC. Whilst carrying out the internship and submerging myself in the world of digital picture manipulation, I became ever more alienated / fascinated by the worlds of manner, advertising and social media, and how these massive industries ended up influencing my have individual body impression. It was an eye opening (often daunting) peek into a foreign environment — and it wound up fully changing the way I looked at digital pictures: commercials, social media, and even my own selfies.


GVN: I said this was relatable to me and it is. Mostly, as the father of twin girls, I watched as they went by their “Selfie” phases. Not to mention some self-esteem concerns and their issue about what “other” men and women could possibly say about their overall look. Luckily, they had the reward of potent advocates, specially their mom who taught them to be happy of who they are. Really substantially like Olive’s mom. Unretouchable “touches” on numerous different facets. From social media’s impact on what and what is not acceptable, to the in excess of reliance on our products, to physique graphic issues. On the other hand, if you experienced to select just just one lesson that could be discovered by means of Unretouchable, what would you want that concept to be?

SS: You’re right, Unretouchable does handle a number of difficulties that I imagine are interwoven: the poisonous aspects of advertising and marketing and social media, magnificence norms and how they can have an impact on physique impression, and in the end how to reside authentically… What living authentically signifies in 2022 will be various for every person. I wanted the book’s main character, Olive, to grapple with these troubles in a way that was relatable — not as a part product, but as a fellow youthful man or woman finding her way in the globe. To some extent, she’s caught inside of these techniques, but she’s carrying out her finest — noticing her possess experiences, listening to other people about theirs, figuring out how to be a mindful client and creator of illustrations or photos, and choosing what genuine means for her.

Adhering to Sofia

GVN: Thank you so a lot for sharing a bit of your time, Sofia. Right before I permit you go, I want to give you an opportunity to talk about any other jobs and in which people can go to you on the net?

SS: Thank you so a lot as very well! I’m pretty fired up about my 2nd graphic novel, which I am tricky at function on as we speak… but it has to stay a magic formula for now! Check out me out right here: www.sofiaszamosi.internet IG: @sofiaszamosi and on Twitter: @sofia_szamosi Thanks 🙂

Graphic Universe’s Unretouchable by Sofia Szamosi releases on September 6th and can be uncovered in which good guides are offered.

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