Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in it's Own Words


Wendy MacNaughton

An irresistibly bighearted new book
John McMurtrie, SF Chronicle

With her home city of San Francisco as her subject, a sketchbook in hand, and a natural sense of curiosity, Wendy spent months getting to know people in their own neighborhoods, drawing them, and recording their words. The result is a collection of in-depth drawn documentaries on the subcultures of San Francisco, all told in the words of the people themselves. 

The subjects of Wendy’s street-smart graphic journalism is as diverse as San Francisco itself, ranging from the vendors at the farmers' market to people combing the shelves at the public library, from MUNI drivers to the bison of Golden Gate Park, and much more. Meanwhile in San Francisco offers both lifelong residents and those just blowing through with the fog an opportunity to see the city with new eyes.

"If Studs Terkel, the great oral historian, had taken up drawing, his work might have looked something like what Wendy MacNaughton has created in her irresistibly bighearted new book, 'Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words'.  Like Terkel, MacNaughton gives voice to ordinary people from all walks of life, dignifying them in the process. Her pleasing, unfussy ink-and-watercolor portraits of San Franciscans - 'illustrated documentaries,' as she calls them - capture library patrons, farmers' market vendors, Giants fans, Mission hipsters and old friends hanging out in Chinatown.” - John McMurtrie, SF Chronicle

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