Advice for First Time Editors of Graphic Novels

Advice for First-Time Editors of Graphic Novels

Graphic novels, especially ones for children, are a thing now. This is great news – it means more books, more diverse voices, and more public appreciation for the medium. Some of the people most excited for GNs are editors; many of whom are fans of comics and will be taking on comics projects for the first time. This post is for them...

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Applying to Rimbun Dahan as a Comics Artist/Writer

I'm excited to announce my month-long stint at Rimbun Dahan Southeast Asian Arts Residency in late 2020! I'll be their first resident comics creator (artist and writer), and I'll mostly be working on my comics during that time – I'll either be wrapping up my middle-grade graphic novel, or preparing for my Alexander the Great comic. I would love for more Southeast Asian comics creators to apply to Rimbun Dahan, so this post is going to show you my application. Please feel free to use it as a template! (more…)
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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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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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Onion Method for Outlining Graphic Novels

How I Outline a Graphic Novel: The Onion Method

Writing a graphic novel is hard. There are a lot of things to juggle; afterall, you're making the equivalent of both a film AND a novel! Fortunately, now there are a lot of resources, suited for different genres and needs. Back then, in the olde Wild West days, when I was a newbie, I didn't have any tips that explained how to make the kind of graphic novels I wanted to make. So I made my own, deliciously called the Onion Method. (more…)
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How I Do Research For a Graphic Novel (tips and advice)

How does a comics creator do their research for a graphic novel? Well, nobody quite knows tbh – unlike thumbnails or scriptwriting, the research process (collecting and turning information into a story) is rarely talked about in comics. Unless you hang around academic circles, or work in a genre like science or historical, you wouldn't think about research as a concern. While not necessary, learning how to do research well is a powerful and important skill to have. I believe that when creators obtain better research skills, their storytelling benefits. It's not just about knowing where to find sources... it's about critical thinking, increased awareness of self and society (and how both impact the stories we value), transparency, and thoughtfulness of intent. (more…)
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Growing Up With Your Own Stories AKA I’m being sentimental

In the last 7 years since launching my side-hobby-then-career into storytelling, I've changed a lot. As I approach my mid-twenties, now is a good time for me to step back from the fast-paced rat race attention economy, to consider what I've learned, and how I want to move on towards a more thoughtful, more amazing thirties. (more…)
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The Makers Club preview

Upcoming book THE MAKERS CLUB: GAME ON! for 2020

I'm excited to announce that I will be writer and colourist for an upcoming kids graphic novel series, THE MAKERS CLUB, with artist Tintin Pantoja. You can read the announcement about my book plus other upcoming titles by my publisher Difference Engine. (more…)
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How to Break Into Comics AND Succeed At It (Malaysian edition)

For a long time, I've been wanting to make a simple guide about the process of becoming a Malaysian comics creator, and succeeding at it. (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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If you’re not already familiar with @reimenayee’s work then her debut graphic novel, SΓ©ance Tea Party, is a perfect place to start. It’s a heartwarming love letter to childhood told through the eyes of a girl who’s afraid to grow up & the ghost of a girl who never will.

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