The Emerging Artist Showcase at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will be featuring Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do from August 30th through January 19th.  The Best We Could Do is a finalist for a National Book Critics Award and Eisner nominee.

Official PR follows:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase features Thi Bui’s groundbreaking graphic novel The Best We Could Do, published by Abrams ComicArts. A selection of Bui’s original artwork will be on display from August 30, 2018 through January 14, 2019.

About the Artist

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the “boat people” wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017), has been selected as UCLA’s Common Book for 2017, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, an Eisner Award finalist in Reality Based Comics, and made several Best of 2017 book lists, including Bill Gates’s top five picks. Bui is also the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of A Different Pond, a picture book by the poet Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017). Her short comics can be found online at the Nib, PEN America, and BOOM California. She is currently researching and drawing a work of graphic nonfiction about how Asian American Pacific Islanders are impacted by detention and deportation, to be published by One World, Random House. Bui taught high school in New York City and was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. Since 2015, she has been a faculty member of the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. Thi Bui lives in the Bay Area.

Thi Bui, photo by Gabe Clark.

About The Emerging Artist Showcase

The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This ongoing series of exhibitions is curated by the Cartoon Art Museum and supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.


  1. It’s good when scenes or characters can stay with you or come to mind readily. That happens with this book and the intergenerational stuff in it. The illustration helps with that distinctiveness from similar stories, for sure.

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