Mar112017: TCM Praise

“It’s past my bedtime but I just finished the Carpet Merchant chapter and now I’m ugly crying…I haven’t been this struck by the depth of a fictional character relationship in the longest time, thank you for making something so beautiful.”

Asked by thornsandwillows

I kept your comment in the inbox for so long and I hope you don’t mind I make this public (kinda want a way to preserve it, since answering privately means the destruction of this lovely thing). But thank you so much! Like, lol, of course I am sorry I ended your night like that but seriously though, thank you so much for reading! And for giving me validation in the sense that I’ve done something right irt writing these characters – Zeynel and Ayse – who aren’t your typical protagonists. They aren’t white, or Western, or hyper competent (see: action movies…) or hyper special, or extraordinarily physically attractive. They are just really ordinary folk. And the story isn’t catering to conventional western (mainly American) tastes either. So to see that people have responded to this story in the way you have; feeling an emotional attachment, caring about these ‘different’ people, and understanding the universality of the relationship despite the cultural differences…aaaaa

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I think what I am trying to say is that it’s really nice to know and have this proof that it’s possible for non-western (usually I mean North American) voices and stories to be engaging and appreciated. The media is dominated by US-centric stories (movies, comics, and all) and while they are valuable voices, particularly from the lgbt+ and the American minority, it makes it really hard for us creators outside of the country to see that our stories could be successful or relatable. But now I think it is entirely possible, and that we can co-exist together on an equal playing field someday. It’s probably even more important now that we pursue this.

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Thanks so much again!!! < 333 For reading and supporting and engaging. It’s appreciated!

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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.

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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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