Wash Day Diaries

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$19.95  $18.55
Chronicle Books
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5.8 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author
Jamila Rowser is a Black, Puerto Rican, and Dominican award-winning writer who enjoys creating comics for Black women. She also publishes comics by and for women of color and non-binary people of color through Black Josei Press. Jamila was featured, along with Robyn Smith, in Adweek's 2021 Creative 100 as a creator to follow. Jamila lives in Miami but reps the Bronx. You can find her detangling her hair, reading manga, and doting on her two cats Sage and Sapphire.

Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for illustrating DC Comics' Nubia: Real One (written by L.L. McKinney) and her mini-comic The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town. She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked on comics for College Humor and The Nib. She loves cake and cats and holds onto dreams of returning home to the ocean.
"Wash Day Diaries is both whimsical and incredibly real. It is as refreshing and restorative a narrative for the soul as a wash day is to your hair. One of my favorite reads of the last year - I think this team is unstoppable, and the new voice of slice of life comics."

-Vita Ayala (New Mutants, The Wilds)

"I love when a graphic novel uses colours as a statement, and this one certainly does. Great artwork alongside a great storyline."


"Wash Day Diaries uses interwoven short stories on each character's hair routines as analogies to their daily life, showing how the process of caring for their hair sparks joy."

-The Week

"Smith's charming and inviting art invites comic book readers old and new to lose themself in this joyful and touching celebration of Black joy and sisterhood that cements the duo of Rowser and Smith as one of comics most powerful creative teams."


"A loving tribute to Black women and their community with a humorous day in the life graphic novel."

- Cultured Vultures

Starred Review "The motif of wash day- as the women wash their own hair and others', go to the salon, and get braids-invites the reader into the rhythm of their lives, with welcome inclusivity of queer romance, as well as non romantic story lines. This subtle but heartwarming homage to friendship, feminism, and reconciliation sings."

-Publishers Weekly

"At its core, this graphic novel is a story about four beautiful, strong black women and their friendship. Within the framework of hair wash day, we see each character dealing with her own issues, from work and relationships to mental health struggles."

-Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune

"With a gorgeous illustration style, memorable characters, and a seamless blend of humor and heart, it feels like a warm hug in graphic novel form."


"Wash Day Diaries is the kind of thoughtful and engaging slice of life comic we rarely get in US publishing, and it feels even more vital and unique for that reason. Rowser and Smith are an unbelievable creative force and this book proves that they're one to be reckoned with."

- Nerdist

"Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith's beautiful graphic novel is a heartwarming celebration and tribute to life, friendships, and Black hair."

- Apartment Therapy

"A graphic novel love letter to Black women's friendships and hair...each story features a unique color palette to reflect the protagonist and mood."