Claudia Dominguez: The Making of a Graphic Novel—More Than Money

ART EXHIBITION at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights

July 13–August 29, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 6-8 PM


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce The Making of a Graphic NovelMore Than Money, an exhibition featuring watercolor paintings by Claudia Dominguez.


Claudia Dominguez uses the graphic novels genre to explore complex societal issues through personal stories. She complements these stories with beautifully rendered watercolor paintings. Her debut novel, More Than Money, a memoir of her father’s kidnapping and eventual ransom in Mexico City, deals with the topic of violence as a personal and political event. This novel also addresses the complex relationship between Mexico and the United States. Dominguez is currently working on her second graphic novel, a feminist narrative that takes place in Mexico City. It explores how to empower young women and give them the confidence not to succumb to the societal norms and pressures that continue to oppress women. Once the heroine questions her own role in society, the novel deliberates on how to create change en masse.


Claudia Dominguez was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States at the age of 19. More than Money (2018) was the first publication of Amatl Comics, an imprint of SDSU press. The author regularly gives talks about the themes in her novel at colleges and other events.  Dominguez is also an accomplished classically trained painter. All of her work can be found at


The Making of a Graphic NovelMore Than Money will be on view from July 13 through August 29, 2019, at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


The Athenaeum Art Center, located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights, in the Bread & Salt complex, is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and for scheduled programs and classes.