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Arts + CultureDrawing the Crisis: Kseniia Zhuravskaia and Chee Min Lo...

Drawing the Crisis: Kseniia Zhuravskaia and Chee Min Lo on the eviction epidemic

CCA Comics students draw stories from the housing crisis. A 48 Hills exclusive series.


ART LOOKS The Engage: Comics class at the California College of the Arts is comprised of a diverse collection of students from various majors passionate about making comics that engage the world around them.

This year, they teamed with 48Hills.org and housing activists from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and the Housing Rights Committee to create comics from first person accounts of San Francisco’s housing crisis.

The students met with and interviewed people who are struggling or have struggled to remain in their homes, and then turned these stories into compelling visual narratives. Justin Hall was the professor of the Engage: Comics class, and Peter Glanting was the Teaching Assistant. 

The following comic is by CCA students Kseniia Zhuravskaia and Chee Min Lo. Click on each image to enlarge! (You might have to click twice). This is our final installment. See the whole series here.48 Hills: Drawing the Crisis





Kseniia Zhuravskaia was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and is currently getting her diploma in animation. Although her focus is on character animation, she enjoys using different media to create engaging stories. Her inspiration comes from artists in various media: the illustrator A. Beardsley, painter M. Vroubel, animator Sylvain Chomet, and writer S. Dovlatov. She hopes that one day her own work will become an inspiration for someone else as well.

Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.
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  1. Thanks for the link. More dirty deeds by the city. Treasure Island will never get developed, but YBI will. The question is, what do SF Taxpayers get out of this?

  2. I guess he feels his Prog friends might have the where-with-all to maybe get that done.

    Cuz, obviously, if they could only control all the units built SINCE ’79, then everything would be grand.

    I guess they don’t care if developers decide never to build another unit in SF. (Their secret wish anyway – Kill MR units fo’evah!)

  3. “his desire to amend Costa Hawkins to allow controls on post-79 bldgs”

    How would an SF supervior amend a state law?

  4. Why are there not links to background on this story. This is the first I’ve heard of it.

    If this series is in support of greater measures the City could or should take (ironic that the City is the instigator in this Eviction), its not doing a good job. Why should we care about these people, who seem to have had a good deal?

    Ferinstance, take a recent story about Avalon in Hayes Valley raising rents dramatically
    I’m sure some will feel “evicted” by these actions. (of course, not much sympathy accrues to those folks who could afford $6300 for a 2Br to begin with). And a story like Avalon is right up Peskins alley –seeing, as is purported, his desire to amend Costa Hawkins to allow controls on post-79 bldgs. Ah well, patience.

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