Martinez to present graphic novel in Madison

February 25, 2014
Paola Martinez

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Paola Martinez, a junior from Darlington, Wis., will be presenting her original graphic novel at the 2014 Posters in the Rotunda event on March 12 in Madison, Wis. Last year, she exhibited the same novel at the 2013 Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium at UW-Platteville.

Martinez’s first inspiration for writing novels started in sixth grade when she found her love for reading. “My favorite books always dealt with the lives of individuals and the way they always struggled to get through,” said Martinez. After reading Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” she was inspired to make writing a permanent part of her life.

Writing in Spanish is a more natural way for her to express her ideas. “I have always loved writing graphic novels in Spanish,” said Martinez, who grew up in Dublin, Texas, before moving to Shullsburg, Wis. in 2001.

This graphic novel, titled “El Lobo de Los Coyotes,” or “The Wolf of the Coyotes,” is about the struggles that individuals face trying to cross the Mexican border into the United States.

The novel follows the main character, German Vasquez, and his journey as a coyote. “A coyote is a person who charges individuals that are willing to pay for his services to cross illegally through any border,” explained Martinez. 

The novel is split into three parts and each section deals with the strong emotions and events that many people face when trying to cross the Mexican border into the United States.

“The first section is about German’s unfortunate experience while trying to help a group of immigrants cross the border,” described Martinez. The second is a story of twin brothers who journey across the border, and the narrator describes the many struggles and emotions that both brothers feel throughout the journey.” “The last part of the story explains German’s experiences every time he crosses the Mexican border and the people he meets along the way.”

Martinez has also written other graphic novels. “The Beauty Within” is about a teenage boy who can’t quite figure out who he is. He feels like a female but his physical appearance tells him otherwise.

“Born Here but I Belong There” is about a girl who doesn’t know where she belongs and finally finds a magical land where she can feel at home. “This novel is somewhat based off my struggle to figure out my identity,” said Martinez.

“Locked Without a Right” is about a 30 year-old woman who gets locked away in jail for something she didn’t do. In addition to her love of writing graphic novels, Martinez also enjoys writing poetry.

Contact: Paola Martinez, student,

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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