graphic novelists

PASHMINA creator Nidhi Chanani on Graphic Novels

The following is a guest post from graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani, creator of Pashmina.

As a young reader, I wasn’t exposed to comics beyond the funnies, which is because my immigrant parents only knew Garfield and newspaper comics. I blame my parents for my limited comics knowledge when I was young! But in high school, my boyfriend lent me Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World. He always impressed me with his untraditional influences. I tried to impress him in return and began borrowing graphic novels from the library. I stumbled upon Goodbye Chunky Rice around the time he dumped me. Then, I had Craig Thompson’s beautiful pages to fill the void. I read that book over and over, in between bouts of bad poetry and blasting Tori Amos.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, I studied literature and stayed away from boys and comics. I took a course on Holocaust literature, and although it wasn’t on the reading list (zero comics were included in my course readings), it led me to Maus by Art Spiegelman. I studied the pages and absorbed the overwhelming hardships of survivors more acutely than when I read prose books.

At UCSC and after, I kept writing and drawing. After graduation, I tried working at non-profits and none fit. I was introduced to a few professional artists. I thought Whoa! Art can be a job! So I took a deep breath and signed up for additional student loans for art school. I found American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. More than any other graphic novel prior, American Born Chinese made me believe I could make my own comic book. Good comics do that—make you believe in yourself. Gene did not shy away from discussing difficult topics of internalized racism, being a child of immigrants, and the universal awkwardness of being a teen. I saw again how a difficult topic could be tempered through comics to allow for honest discussion.

In art school I began thumbnailing my first book. Two hundred pages of terrible comics! But I showed promise and commitment! I pitched my terrible book to a few agents who ignored its terribleness and saw the promise of hard work (I think). I ended up signing with Judy Hansen, who is also Gene’s agent, which bolstered my confidence. I didn’t know then that it would take another five years to finish Pashmina. Maybe if I had known I would’ve quit sooner. I learned while writing and re-writing Pashmina for years that comics are a labor of love by people who are bananas. So thanks, comics, for allowing me to join this band of bananas!

Here’s a sneak peek at the first pages of Pashmina:

Now, I voraciously read graphic novels. They contain all my favorite things! Stories! Art! Cute author bios!

Recent comics I loved:

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Each expression and page is a visual treat. Sandy, the main character, is an artist who has to deal with her insecurities, ego, and pressure head on. Creepy, cute, and a must-have.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

A completely relatable new-girl-at-school story. The art is subtle and sweet. I also really appreciate the diversity of the characters that doesn’t deviate from the central story, but is just a part of the world. As it should be!

Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (out this Fall)

An honest and visually stunning graphic novel about epilepsy and the struggle to accept help when you need it. This is comics at its best—doing what only comics can, conveying the visuals of an otherwise difficult-to-describe experience.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.


Someone hurt their eye in this trailer for Castlevania’s Netflix animated series ⊟ 

You can see what I mean at the 1:05 mark. Looks painful. The rest of the trailer seems promising, though! Written by venerated graphic novelist Warren Ellis and animated by Frederator Studios (Adventure Time), the show will premiere on Netflix on July 7. The staples of the Castlevania series all seem to be there – Dracula, skeletons impaled on spikes, whip guy, etc. – and we even have some pandering to video game fans in the intro too. 👌🏾 👌🏾 

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plotqueen  asked:

33 hartwin?

33. celebrity/fan au from ye olde ship + number + AU askbox game!

“You’re saying that you skived off of work because you want to see some man who writes your favorite comic book series?” 

“Mr. Unwin is a graphic novelist,” Harry says firmly, shifting in order to get a better picture of the length of the line. “The snobbery towards visual works of art is—”

“Yes, yes, we all know about your infatuation for one of Britain’s youngest authors,” Merlin sighs into the phone. “Unfortunately, we can’t officially give you a weekend off to jaunt over to a con and have him sign one of your dilapidated copies of West Borough Wall-Banger.”

“That is the name of the first volume, not the whole series,” Harry retorts, stepping forward a few centimeters. “And I’ve already planned ahead. I called in this morning. It’s terrible to have the flu this time of year.”


“Is Chester terribly disappointed?” 

“He is.”

“And you’ve covered for me?” 

Merlin sighs again. “You owe me, Harry. Big time. Starting with—”

“Oh, it seems that I’m reaching the beginning of the line,” Harry says, then hangs up. 

If he peeks behind an eager young woman with sunglasses and a hood, he can see some sort of jacket crowded with gold plaques, with a white cap pulled over his face. Trying not to fidget, Harry watches him sign the inside front cover—The Spy Who Shagged Me, a bonus novella that Harry’s kept carefully in his bookcase and wrapped in the plastic covering—and speaking to her, voice unheard over the constant chatter of the convention around them. The young woman’s grinning, hand just shy of resting on his arm, and Harry can hear Unwin saying, “It was honor to meet you, m’lady.” 

“My knight,” she says, laughing, with an accent that Harry cannot quite place. “Would you name a character after me?”

“Perhaps there will be a dashing rescue of a princess,” he replies, and when she leans over, blonde hair falling over her face, Harry can hear her murmur, then Unwin’s startled, choked laugh. 

“All right, ma’am, that’s enough,” one of the men standing near the end of the table says, and the young woman goes cheerfully enough, swaying her hips. “Next!” 

And Harry finds out that he cannot move. 

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Since coming out as a lesbian in 1980 at the age of 19, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel has made it a point to be open about her sexuality. It was a decision she made consciously as a reaction to her father, who was gay and closeted, and who died four months after Bechdel came out.

“In many ways my life, my professional career has been a reaction to my father’s life, his life of secrecy,” Bechdel tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I threw myself into the gay community, into this life as a lesbian cartoonist, deciding I was going to be a professional lesbian. In a way, that was all my way of healing myself.”

In 2006, Bechdel’s “healing” took the form of a graphic novel called Fun Home, in which she details her own coming out and grapples with her father’s death, which she suspects may have been a suicide. Fun Home has since been turned into a Broadway play, which recently won five Tony Awards, including the award for best musical. Lyricist Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori join Bechdel in a conversation about the play.

Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad’s Secrecy By Being Out And Open

On “the Bechdel test” of female characters in movies and on TV

Alison Bechdel: I feel a little bit sheepish about the whole thing because it’s not like I invented this test or said, “This is the Bechdel Test.” It somehow has gotten attributed to me over the years. Many, many years ago — back in 1985 — I wrote an episode of my comic strip where two women are talking to each other. They want to go see a movie and one woman says, “I’ll only go to a movie if it satisfies three criteria.”

I have to confess, I stole this whole thing from a friend of mine at the time because I didn’t have an idea for my strip. My friend Liz Wallace … said, “I’ll only see a movie if it has at least two women in it who talk to each other about something besides a man.” That left very, very few movies in 1985. The only movie my friend could go see was Alien, because the two women talk to each other about the monster. But somehow young feminist film students found this old cartoon and resurrected it in the Internet era and now it’s this weird thing. People actually use it to analyze films to see whether or not they pass that test. Still … surprisingly few films actually pass it.

Photo: Alison Bechdel by Elena Seibert/Courtesy of O+M Co.

anonymous asked:

what exactly is Pandora Hearts? :o

OH MAN! It’s the manga that made me want to become a graphic novelist (I’m now going to art school)! 

The story follows Oz, a 15-year-old boy who gets condemned to a hellscape called “the Abyss” (nightmare!Wonderland) for the sin of “his very existence.” In the Abyss, Oz teams up with Alice, a monster (called a “chain” in this universe; other chains include The Mad Hatter, The Dormouse, The March Hare…) who helps him escape back to the real world. The rest of the narrative focuses on Oz and his friends’ attempts to understand Oz’s supposed “sin” (and unravel the mysteries of the Abyss) before Oz is sucked back into the Abyss forever. 

The artwork starts out pretty…eh? 


Themes include: loss, death, love, “DON’T TRY TO CHANGE THE PAST FOR GOD’S SAKE HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING,” obsession, change, hope, and destiny. Also, there’s a lot of religious symbolism. 

If you’re anything like me, then you’ll laugh and you’ll cry. 

You’ll cry a lot. 

[Check it out if you like. The story ended like two years ago; there are 104 chapters.]

Sonic Artist Masterpost

a.k.a  ARTISTS YOU SHOULD FOLLOW!!! (if you like Sonic)

To all my fav Sonic artists (or have at least drawn Sonic in a positive light before) on tumblr… Had to look deep down my art tag to find you guys.  

NOTE: I can no long update this post and you can look to Part 2 for more artists.

@e-vay , @officialsegaofamerica / @posilutelysoa, @chauvel, @sonicwind-01, @sonic-the-tumblog, @whitejung1e, @yotomore,  @sonicsaturday, @sonamy-sonic-artist , @technofaerie1991 , @elikapika , @stingybee365 , @perla-roxy , @nonii-ta , @drawloverlala , @fini-mun , @freedomfightersonicart , @art-n-things , @jennythehedgie , @blue-chica , @auroblaze / @asktheancientssonicboom, @myra-avalon, @chibiirose , @layeyes, @day-dream-fever, @patar-fuifui, @nanabriere, @xsherryblossomx ,@progressoftomorrow , @celepom , @mmairo, @osncc, @dappercockroach, @needsmoarhedgehog, @stardustspeedwayzone, @echidnabooty, @kelskora, @missholoska, @skull001, @candiedcoffee, @nonananana, @esbelle, @sonikkufan94, @ayabumu, @shadzart, @yuki-chan95, @mangaanonymous, @kimmyko / @prosthetic-au, @proboom-art, @ask-alex-hedgehog, @shinkumancer, @thejegsu, @spiritsonic, @aamypink, @breezywindmillzone, @katiemonz, @lightningstar1389, @lissfreeangel, @metal-harbor, @my-life-as-a-teenage-robotnik, @notnights, @rgxzero, @squorkal, @thechaosspirit, , @xibalbapiixan, @yellowhellion, @turquoistars @aimfsonic/@aimf0324, @sagegege, @pidgeonspen, @awkwardlysocialbiscuit


@naphide, @taails-proower, @prison-Island, @yuki-chan98, @kurikurimix, @bvbartprophet, @rocketth, @sparkleee-sprinkle, @evaroze, @magimacaque, @tailsy-art, @1847aa, @troozart, @ze90, @paransack, @taki20c, @dariattic, @bluekomadori, @shroomcave, @emerlean, @saphi24667, @misstangshan95shannonbrown, @hillvalleycatgallery, @fangirlingpoop, @alittlebitfast, @veggiemadness, @chacolachao


@nakkart, @weiss-chan, @shira-hedgie, @sy-noon, @r-seiyo, @icycm24, @bombermens, @dreddstarr, @peachijuiceart, @miiukka, @minnetan, @knockabiller, @retrosuper, @linesonwhite, @patar-fuifui 

EDIT 3: 

@saucynadles-arts, @desyscribbles, @rosuroid, @lmaruchartista, @hypostatics, @fug-bug, @teapoweredart, @mitsame, @bamboohipstersquid, @cigar-blues, @c-o-s-m-i-c-kid, @bulgariansumo, @isakytm, @salsalnyan, @habarofu, @kzyune, @thaidraws, @tnilnil, @superpietepiet, @linesonwhite, @kaibannie, @shade-shark, @scoutkln, @zjedzgoffra/ @zjedz-goffra, @aurykku, @greedyboi, @mangostaa, @homuran-star, @blackholeinacup, @bunonii, @benignmilitancy, @roguebat, @wadhoi, @zainabquartz, @ikiruse, @katiemonz, @toxiccaves, @misterrgbpixels, @boxnpc, @speedofsoundsketches, @spin-dash, @joeywaggoner


@wheyloffle, @alex-marie-carroll, @astralsonic, @wackyworkbenchzone, @affectivedisorder, @lujji, @cubiccyan, @onomothopoeia, @final-rush-zone, @midnightsbloom, @day-dream-fever, @mel-sama-here, @gummysquids, @tranadraws-art, @burube, @wrappedinflame, @da-nomad


@sleepychu, @gabbyzvolt25, @banoakira, @tailsky, @yooc96, @markofthekindred, @s0niqart, @blackskullz, @nagi-dawn, @xavierscribbles, @feniiku-arts, @marcotte-art, @aoki6311, @the-gitz, @graphic-novelist, @koroppu, @tiny-tott, @adambrycethomas, @wildsaber, @metonic-ship, @shinigamiwyvern/ @42wv, @call-me-cinder, @mochazuki, @yellowdraws, @joii-o, @ma-ii-ka, @santospollos, @harmonia99, @the8mice, @joyouscatus, @kiddykitty, @lernani543, @rafaknight-rk, @friendshipcupcake, @gabs-sam, @humming-the-bassline, @amii-stuff, @studiopoliss, @thechaosspirit, @yulitzin, @psychicpumpkinpi, @krakenfinsoup, @jetito, @tom2dforever, @chocokay, @awdplace, @neganeon, @kafeitoytle, @sa2oap-archive/@sa2oap , @sgthoggin, @rosypumpkinstudios, @fullhero18, @rontufox, @spj-artredesign, @segamastergirl, @mitsuki830, @averycooperart, @punksonic, @ithiliam, @theweh, @cystematics, @cat-pun, @uminos/ @nuulan, cholaskole, @lmaruchartista , @bluepixelbits


@dotsonic, @trinity–limit, @cteezz, @phoenixsalover, @ghenwyhar, @mariposaazul96, @dottyboxx, @nino5571, @junnboi, @maximum124, @bayaruska, @sarahsketch, @rikdraws, @shvzz, @z-t00n, @777mari777, @neonspindash, @grand-metropolis, @peclan-dractices, @meltymoleart, @creaturology, @codell , @fancy-rhys , @alwayssadpine , @artzypaw , @kitties-and-heavy-metal , @papillonnant , @adgedoodles , @torpedoesarts, @rwby2, @kibou-dere, @ask-gamer-sally, @teaenem, @hanybe, @nintendwoah, @frobdraws, @marcusthevisual, @nickiartist, @dreamingbuttons, @spyhedg, @lunarnytemare, @crystalribbon01, @king-of-teeth, @randomcitizen12, @tamatanz, @lightgaiaa, @sh4dzi, @hungry-g, @jinxtpla, @faster-by-choice, @unichrome-uni, @nila0513, @arturoware, @skaleigha, @elixirblade, @that5pookyone/ @that1nkyone, @pinknuss, @katzesart, @wallaceilustraplus (NSFW), @skeletenren


@ashman792, @shadalethepurplehedgehog, @hetreasky, @pastuffy, @joel-padilla-12s-art-blog, @moosi-boosi, @the-feathered-quill, @fumikov, @gbmicro, @we-laugh-till-we-cry, @mizuki-mi, @trilliontrillion, @rollingsound, @8r00t4l, @sirgloria, @urgeforscourge, @paranormal-thingum, @artbygrim, @rustybirdcage, @ace4eyes, @edgeargento (NSFW), @flutterbuttbex, @kurohaai, @masterhands-paper, @shamansonic, @k-eke, @maddzee, @riccoharbour, @swankyporcupine, @laminated-pencil, @sanitrance, @sega-carnival, @skybluehedgie, @cutesonikku, @pyon-suki, @soniclove98, @kizzybits, @rinkunokoisuru, @dragondoddle, @smells-like-trash, @pxlhns, @konkycorn, @ayacinth, @real-faker, @frickiebrownie, @helloemptyset, @kappaengineer, @rcasedrawstuffs, @idylean, @steveyurko, @sandersarts, @addichann, @spiralcris, @datsonicdrawingtho, @schweety, @banoakira, @theriaque, @teatimetutu, @polkaperks, @kalematsuba, @jataloo, @retrorobosan, @khabee, @daelynz, @general-radix, @tysonhesse, @adamisart, @if-i-say-goodbye, @hyoumaru (NSFW), @star-wonders-official, @pistolstarworks, @retroliciousss, @holyjanolli, @bunonii, @kaemui, @kipper-pines, @pandamangomadness, @wheatley-draws, @saltcore (NSFW), @bayaruska, @petithedgehog, @walcraft, @cloudblu, @sketchy-sonic, @mxdeer, @wankadoodles, @amyrosepng, @saucynadles-arts, @termi-with-an-i, @serenityknights, @skylights1, @greenendorf, @nikku-u, @chaos-blast, @sanitrance, @hecticarts, @iiimirai, @dreamcastsonic 


@falloutnewmobius, @fallonhughes, @gr00vygang, @robbonp-art (NSFW), @mitsuki830, @katzesart, @teaenem, @theriaque, @combo-meal, @antidj-rc, @kkobun, @pastelsonic, @dinosaurcowboy, @fiolina, @mooseman-draws, @octopuddi, @donutfloats, @grumpybuneary, @cryleigh, @crispy-6usiness, @deroko-ss, @wontstarve, @yangsmoothie, @ask-sss-trio, @askstudentsonic, @ask-theblueblur, @ask-human-sonic, @ask-human-team-sonic, @askmadamrouge, @beansbigtop, @jnwiedle, @goodvibes24hrs, @ask–amy-rose, @k4ve-art, @ask-boomsonic, @ask-the-recolors, @askallstars, @asksabfriendshiplove, @asksilverthehedgehog, @classyhedgie, @letters-from-blue, @notsocoolbluehog, @roiiak, @raralls, @ammirozu, @amyroseatyourservice, @askthesonicboom, @silvermun, @sonic-the-tumblog, @yoi-yoi-senpai, @mephikal, @thehappyhedgie, @tamatanz


@azulila, @xoverdoodles, @russona, @drunk-shadow, @stardrunkart, @twincookies, @aurykku, @shuffahlong, @salsacoyote, @pixlsugr, @portaviista, @pistolstarworks/ @scantylicious (NSFW), @lernani543, @pattiipatt

EDIT 10:

@amyrosepng, @khabee, @wiirdo, @arche-egaki, @lennonhead, @imaginationblur, @gengarita, @jmdurden, @unicursal-tyrant, @superretrobro, @meronabar, @milkkin120, @humble-germophobe, @tovarisch-grazhdanin, @carlycmarathecat, @rinkunokoisuru, @blazetbw-art, @ask-knuckles-and-sonic, @dissartii, @shoobaofhooba, @cloveochai, @fiolina, @papy-thegreat, @nanoz, @cloudy-dormir, @motivationalsonic, @xxsilent-angelxx, @miz-match, @s3tok41b4, @narcharart, @josukespimphand, @scarfity, @agentkelly13, @twinspire-art, @ma-ii-ka, @miaoutastique, @sylvaniaschoolofmagic, @blurredblu


Book Review: Saints and Misfits

Title: Saints and Misfits
Author: S. K. Ali
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Review Copy: Purchased
Availability: In bookstores now

Summary: Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tight knit Muslim community think of her then?

Review: There is so much I can say about Saints and Misfits that I almost don’t know where to begin. I guess at the beginning, which is when we meet the monster in Janna’s life. The moment we met the monster was so unexpected and a hit to the gut. I don’t think I can recall any books where the author puts a traumatic event for the character in the second chapter, but I loved it because it made me realize that Saints and Misfits was a much deeper novel than I anticipated and that it was going to take me on one hell of a journey. The novel moves at a wonderful pace from there as Janna tries to make sense of what happened, while dealing with a member of her community that everyone loves and respects, but Janna is traumatized by. At the same time, she is trying to figure out her feelings towards Jeremy, who actually might like her back. This internal conflict is at the heart of the novel and felt real. Janna is surrounded by family and friends, but holds these two secrets (well one friend knows about Jeremy), thinking she can handle them both, when in reality she can’t, because Jeremy and the monster are friends. Janna often goes from having the good butterflies in her stomach when seeing Jeremy to becoming nauseous when seeing the monster a minute later, but is unable to speak on her feelings to friends and family. Janna is surrounded by love, but at the same time, feels like she cannot express her true self, her true feelings, and feels trapped like so many young women do. I truly felt for her in those moments.

I’ve mentioned that Janna is surrounded by numerous people who love her and that is also an element I loved in the book. I often find in many YA novels that the protagonist is somewhat excluded from their community and/or doesn’t have a good support network. This was not the case in Saints & Misfits. While Janna’s parents are divorced, it’s clear her parents love her in their own way, her brother is working hard to reconnect with her after being away at school, she has a beautiful relationship with her elderly neighbor Mr. Ram, her uncle who is the imam of her mosque, and her two best friends Tats and Fizz. She eventually develops friendships with two female characters, Sarah and Sausun, who are polar opposites, but combined provide Janna the support she needs and ultimately help her find her voice. The fact that Janna is surrounded by such a loving community, while holding her secrets, creates a deeply moving conflict in the novel. It highlights how our community can be a source of strife for people, but at the same time be a place that helps us only if we let it - if we trust others and let them in. It is a beautiful lesson that Janna learns because she believes she is a misfit who doesn’t fit into her community, not realizing that her community does accept her for the way she is. This belief is a common one that many teens have has they search for their identity and Janna’s story is one that will connect with a lot of readers. It’s a beautifully written story that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel like they are part of Janna’s community. In fact, when the novel was over I wasn’t actually ready to leave Janna’s world. I wanted to see where Janna’s growth will take her.

Lastly, I gotta speak about all the kick-ass female characters in this novel. All of them represent the broad spectrum of beliefs/views that women have. They don’t all agree but are respective of each other to accept each other as who they are. With the exception of Janna and Fizz’s argument that ultimately seems to end their friendship, many of the important women in Janna’s life work to lift each other up. Tats is a true friend to Janna, and even though Janna is slow to warm up to Sarah and Sausun, she eventually comes to rely on the older girls for support and advice. Like many teenagers, Janna’s relationship with her mother is a bit strained, but again Janna comes to realize that a lot of her mother’s actions come from a place of love and she learns to be a full recipient of that love. All of these relationships are complex but very real and I loved reading a book that had so many wonderful female relationships.

Saints and Misfits is a wonderful debut novel by S.K. Ali and I can’t wait to read whatever she has coming next.

Watch on

Sci-fi author and graphic novelist Warren Ellis in conversation with Kevin Slavin, head of the Media Lab’s Playful Systems group.

gaga-she-slays  asked:

How do you get the word out about your book? And owner do you get it published? I'd also like to get this book so can you tell me where it's sold? As a inspiring graphic novelists I'd like to know!

so i self-published my book & there are actually a lot of self-publishing platforms out now which is really cool! theres lulu & createspace and im sure theres more too

i market the book on here. thats it. once i get more of my following back (i used to be @ trappedangel and had 10k people but deleted amidst a mental breakdown LOL) it will probably (hopefully?) sell more or like get more attention? idk but anyway i just use this blog!! ive also told some people about it but not many

but yeah tricky thing is formatting and marketing cuz if you dont really have a following or some sort of name recognition, even small, it will be hard to sell like its hard for a published author to sell their book even thru a famous company yanno anyway im just rambling im sorry

heres the link:

thank u so much for being interested in it im so flattered

“I learned a lot actually being in Iran because there were so many things that were forbidden we had a thirst to know, we had this thirst to try.”

Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born French graphic novelist and author of Persepolis, sat down to speak with Françoise Mouly and MoMA’s Sally Berger about her strategies for storytelling in film at a PEN event in 2012. Celebrate Satrapi’s birthday a week early with today’s #PENpodcast and hear how she started making comics and films, and how she feels about it all.

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Great things about Europe: graphic novels

At Cape we love graphic novels in translation for countless reasons: they open our eyes to a different worldview, teach us histories we never learned at school and give us something in common with people we’ve never met. 

If, like us, you’re still feeling a bit battered and bruised from Friday, here are some brilliant European graphic novels to help you feel less depressed about everything.

The Making Of has some of the most beautiful artwork we’ve ever seen.

Bastien Vivès’ follow up to A Taste of Chlorine is about the conflict between art and freedom.

The Art of Flying is Antonio Altarriba’s attempt to understand how the effects of the Spanish Civil War caused his father to commit suicide at the age of 90.

We published Hubert a couple of months ago. We could go on about how great it is, but our pal Will did a much better job than we could do over on the Vintage vlog:

Aaaaaand finally… this one isn’t out until next week, but it’s one of the darkest, most beautiful things we’ve ever done. 

Who are your favourite European graphic novelists? Let’s celebrate em all, because we’d be infinitely poorer with them.