Inspiration and Calling

"Where do you get your ideas from?" "How do you choose which book to do?" The short answer is, I don't know?? Or rather, I can't explain it. Or RATHER, I don't think the real answer will be helpful, or even make sense, to anyone else except me. (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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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

Upcoming Appearances

CAFKL Online
PANEL: Longform Webcomics in Southeast Asia
9 August 2020

PORTFOLIO REVIEW
15 August 2020, 2pm

PANEL: The Value of Research in Storytelling
16 August 2020

A Weekend of Comics and Illustration
POSTPONED

romance/other genre/fanfic writers will literally spend days researching a throwaway line detail that no one else will ever notice but Important Literary Men google 'red dye recipe' and then use one from Zelda because it’s the first result, but sure it’s genre folks writing trash https://twitter.com/ithayla/status/1290349041805438984

Calvin Wong Tze Loon 黃子倫 🇲🇾@ithayla

romance novelists, btw, will read hundreds of pages of primary documents to find the price of a pound of sugar in 1873, a detail which is mentioned once and never used again.

ISAURA is an animated kids series set in Mozambique with strong conservation messaging wrapped up in an EPIC tale of good vs evil. Isaura is the work of Lucan Studio

Cc: a.a.f.f.ia
#cacgh #aaffia #isaura #animation

The onset of fascism is marked by the degree of brutality inflicted on the most marginalized of society and the indifference, or support, of the majority in whose name it is committed.

Let there be no mistaking what kind of regime we n the free press are dissenting against now. https://twitter.com/zurairi/status/1290609943415066626

Zurairi A.R.@zurairi

. @KDNPUTRAJAYA confirms also investigating Rayhan Kabir’s employer over @AJ101East doco https://buff.ly/2Dl1jap

"We can send back anyone who is unwanted. He is unwanted." - @dhzhamzah said when @teresakok asked what crime did the Bangladeshi actually commit. #MigranJugaManusia

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15 mins to read the guide
1 hour to read up on the reviewers' focus areas and make your 3 choices
1.5 hours to collect pieces that you'd like feedback on
15 mins to fill out the form

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Comic Art Festival KL@caf_kl

Come speak to industry professionals @charisloke, @robcham, @reimenayee, @sarahjoanmokhtar, Sophia Susanto & @soejon0stephani at the CAFKL Online Portfolio Reviews!

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