Bahasa: Malaysian Code Switching in Comics Form

I recently published a mini-comic for Malaysia's Independence Day (or Merdeka, as we natives call it), which can be read here. Besides the standard raw emotionality that has become a trademark of mine, it was my first attempt at code-switching and bilingualism in comics – a bilingualism that is key to the understanding of the story and emotionality of Bahasa, rather than a mere translation of one language into another. (more…)
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Happy Mid Autumn Festival & Friday the 13th

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History for Granted, or When a Marginal Voice Tackles The Main Text

Some of you may know I write historical fiction. Some of you may also know I've been chipping away on an Alexander the Great graphic novel. (Which this concept art is for) My role as a historical graphic novelist has been stewing in the back of my mind for a while now. Actually, the stewing began when I first thought of The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, but I already know my insights from that project. Be actively thoughtful. Be self aware of how your own biases and societal context influence your storytelling. Recognise the people before and around you. Use your power to bring up voices. Understand that the work of being a responsible author lasts beyond the final page of your story. (more…)
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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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Nebula Con 2021
June 4, 9.30 – 10.30 AM PST
Panel: Actually Writing the Comic You Promised

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June 11

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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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