Breena Nuñez is a cartoonist and part-time adjunct professor living in San Francisco, CA. She creates diary comics that often explore themes surrounding the awkwardness of racism, being a queer Afrodescendiente from the Bay Area, and understanding what it means to be Central American from the US. Their hope as a cartoonist & educator is to help BIPOC folks give themselves permission to express their personal stories through the language of comics. Breena holds an MFA in Comics and has been teaching Race & Comics at the California College of the Arts since 2019; but before teaching in the academy Breena motivated herself to learn how to make her own mini-comics by creating templates and cartooning activities for children in after school programs. Nowadays Breena has been writing and expressing the surreal experience of mothering through short comic strips they share on social media.
Breena’s body of work is primarily self-published as zines through the family run small press she co-founded with her husband, Laneha House. You will also find some of their comics in other publications such as The New Yorker: Daily Shouts and The Nib, as well as in anthologies like Tales From La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology, Drawing Power (Eisner Award Winner 2020), and Be Gay, Do Comics! (Ignatz Award Winner 2020). Breena has also collaborated with organizations based in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland to create artwork that celebrated trans youth and families, immigration rights, and children’s literature.