Time, Process, Workaholicism & Webcomics

Thoughts on the above. The sequel to Apropros of Nothing.

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Apropros of Nothing

On death and workaholicism and how being an artist of intention requires time not creating.

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What I Would Do if I Could Time Travel

Just a fun post to answer this parlour room question.

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Meme of Brian David Gilbert saying 'I'm not your friend and you have no say on what I do with my body'

Of One’s Own

I'm thinking about how it's time I finally do some #Representation work in my storytelling.

I've a lot of complicated, jumbly feelings about writing stories which borrow too much from my life experience. Since forever ago, I've subconsciously and intentionally avoided writing what they call "ownvoices" fiction. I've so many strange stories featuring a varied cast of characters in my roster, but never one set in Malaysia, and never a character who completely shares major parts of my actual identity: Malaysian Chinese, ace, sort of? non-binary, definitely queer, first-gen immigration of Australia, and other biographical fun facts.

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A Year In, Future Forward

It's more or a less year since

  • My last outdoor public event (The Joe Hisaishi Ghibli concert at the Sidney Myer Bowl in Melbourne). There, I sat on a picnic blanket, surrounded by hundreds of people, maskless, eating cherry tomatoes and Woolies chicken drummets, when coughing at a concert wasn't taboo. Also coincidentally shared the same oxygen space as Neil Gaiman. We both enjoyed the concert. How could we not?
  • The first emergency/lockdown escalation in Melbourne, followed by the military-enforced lockdown in Malaysia.The hilarious, incredibly absurd melodrama as Grand Prix week approached, which I witnessed on a front row seat far away from all the actors. I watched as the racecourse was built, as the pre-show concert commenced, as fans from all over the world (especially Italy!) flooded the trams and made their appearances on my streets... only for the whole thing to be cancelled.
  • My return home to Malaysia. The timing could not be better.
    Though I still miss Melbourne and sometimes wish I was experiencing lockdown there instead... on the other hand, the loneliness would drive me bonkers. I'm glad to be with my family and be in my city where most of my friends are.
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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She creates the webcomics The World in Deeper Inspection, and The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya; the latter of which is the first Malaysian graphic novel to be Eisner-nominated.

Currently writing and drawing a whole bunch of stuff. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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Got a new tablet, sorted out the cables as best I can, and now my workstation’s pretty rad πŸ’ƒ

It's not an author's job to make a reader like a character, nor root for them, nor to even make them "relatable". An author need only make a character /believable/, and this becomes especially important to remember when reading the work of a marginalized creator.

Want to celebrate Pride with us? Want to hear about awesome comics?

Then join our amazing creators @joepi @reimenayee and @jessizabarsky and Sr Editor @WhitLeopard for this Monday’s event!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-comics-with-random-house-graphic-tickets-157853765863

I feel like being Malaysian is basically telling the world, "Yes, our country does in fact seem to be actively trying to kill us en masse... but hey, our food still SLAPS!!!!"

Then we cry into our burger Ramly and nasi lemak.

Just posted my first process post on Ko-fi for this illustration. ;)
https://ko-fi.com/reimena

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