April2019: The Carpet Merchant Questions and Answers

All of the Tumblr asks I got this month was TCM-based.

“Hi there! I’m sure you probably get this question a lot, but I just wanted to say I really loved the Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya and the World in Deeper Inspection all around, and I was wondering if you had any plans on when you were going to return to that comic? Thanks so much for sharing it”

Hello!! Thank you for reading and appreciating my webcomic(s)!!

I wrote an announcement on the front page of that website more than a week ago, but I’ll copy it here for everyone’s convenience:

Hi all!
It’s been over 6 months since TCM ended. Just dropping in here to say that this webcomic as a whole is not yet over. It’s currently on break, due to two things: I’m working on a separate graphic novel, and I’m prepping for the next chaplette.

I don’t intend to abandon The World in Deeper Inspection, since it’s my landmark passion project. I treasure TWIDI for being that unsellable work which allows me the infinite opportunity to experiment and explore storytelling and comics, on my own terms. Because of this I also don’t intend to keep a “proper schedule” or burden it with any of the usual expectations of webcomics. I mean…I’m not looking for clout or money or views, at least, not anymore, from this project. Which is good. It exists as its own thing.

Anyway, I’ll definitely announce on Twitter or Tumblr when the next chaplette is up!

The next chaplette is the first of Season 2, and it’s about the Grimsley family. So you’ll have me focusing on Alfred’s life and how he got to be familiar with the Spoopy Things, as well as his daughter Edie attempting to piece together her father’s (and her family’s) legacy. Zeynel will also be in it, and we will see how his relationship with the Grimsleys develops. It’s a LOT of elements to juggle. And I only have enough brain space for one project at a time.

“Hey I’m not religious at all but I loved the carpet merchant, it was beautifully done, refreshing, and didn’t feel aggressive at all which is a vibe i get a lot in stories where religion is mentioned. keep up the good work!”

Aw thank you!! I am happy to hear that it doesn’t give off aggressive vibes; the point of the book isn’t to proselytise, nor to denigrate, after all. (I’m not religious myself either, I just enjoy studying religion and love it when it is explored with the nuance it deserves in fiction)

“If Ayse were to ever meet Mora, how would she react and feel about him?”

Asked by luneandbarbecue

Now THIS is a question.

I feel like Ayse is definitely way less “cinnamon roll” than Zeynel is. She wouldn’t be as kind and lenient towards Mora, especially after knowing what he has done to her husband. Ayse would beat Mora into submission.

(Zeynel would be very concerned at the physical dominance but deep inside he is LIVING)

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#she is ready to throw hands

“So Zahra is a lawyer right? What did Azra and Aziz become in the future? Any chance you’ve got more info about them :D?”

Asked by luneandbarbecue

(For context, these three are Zeynel’s siblings, with Zeynel being the eldest)

Oh man I don’t remember where I mentioned in the webcomic and misc public material that Zahra ended up being a lawyer. Since I’m taking forever writing the spin-off (which at this point has become more for myself), I may as well reveal the backstory info.

– Zahra went into law, just as their dad expected. She was naturally suited for it anyway, with her sharp tongue and even sharper mind. While she originally scared people and was too rational to understand her own emotions (both because of the sharpness), with Zeynel’s help she learned to be less emotionally-shut off. Which was great because it allowed her to marry this young noobie lawyer she had a crush on. Later they would start a joint practice. She handled women’s affairs mostly.

– Azra went into writing, making poetry. I’m still not very clear on her profession (possibly following their mother in being a physician), but I do know she still maintained a wild creative energy. She never married.

– Aziz took the spot Zeynel left and became an imam, managing a mid-size congregation. With Aziz and Azra, their dad has learned his lesson, leaving these two to figure out their careers themselves. This hands-off approach made them more relaxed than Zeynel and Zahra, so they were never part of their older siblings’ “gossip” about their dad.

They all were very involved in Zeynel and Ayse’s workshop, having grown up in there and having had working experience. If anything happens they can easily pick up the slack. (insert emotion here)

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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Perth Comics Arts Festival, July 27-28

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