what do you get when you put a fat, luscious latina queer on a motorcycle, send her cross-country, imprison her and then set her loose in San Francisco after the arrival of the "latte people"? A down and dirty trilogy by American cartoonist/graphic novelist Erika Lopez.
Hoochie Mama: The Other White Meat is the last installation in her trilogy about the life of Tomato Rodriguez.
After sleeping her way across America in Flaming Iguanas and finding herself in prison for kidnapping and trying to tattoo "Tomato' onto her passed-out ex's ass in They Call Me Mad Dog, Tomato is back on her home turf. Sadly, it looks nothing like the home she knew.
Hoochie Mama highlights the horrors of gentrification in all its forms. Tomato finds the city of San Francisco absent of most artists and queers -- except for a few lesbians left in town who run a cafe and refuse to talk to her since her release from the clink.
With the dot-commers buying air and selling dreams and no friends to speak of, she hits the road once again. In the desert, she finds her salvation, Pork on a Fork, and within it all the answers. Brown muumuus and guerrilla activism lead the revolution right out to the suburbs, leaving the "latte people" to froth their own foam.
Lopez's look at life after the invasion isn't complicated. But the beauty of her art and the extremes of her imagination leave you wondering whether or not you, too, should pack the woodie and follow the cool kids to Thornhill.