Sept032019: Decolonialising Alexander

“It’ll be interesting to see such a take on a historical figure who was a staple of colonialism et al, especially since I don’t know much about Alexander; it sounds like you’ve got things planned out quite nicely, i can’t wait to see how it turns out”

Asked by hungry-joe

Yep!! That’s one of the things I am excited about, being able to approach it with the intent of deconstruction. Especially in regards to decolonialising a figure that has been co-opted for Western colonial / supremacist / nationalist projects. Just reading the family tree of the Alexander Romance alone is enough to completely destroy the idea that the ancient and medieval past were in a bubble and that each civilisation’s history was straightforward. Alexander is not the inheritance (or the product) of some God-given Western Civilisation; he’s literally a universal inheritance. I want this comic to hammer that home, and that means dealing with the baggage that has been added in, with a take that’s as modern and cutting as possible. This is (I say this ambitiously, as a WOC who can’t afford to doubt myself) afterall the first modern Romance in two-three hundred years.

But outside of all that, I just wanna make a good historical comic that makes people cry. We’ll see how it goes.

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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