Meme of Brian David Gilbert saying 'I'm not your friend and you have no say on what I do with my body'

Of One’s Own

I'm thinking about how it's time I finally do some #Representation work in my storytelling.

I've a lot of complicated, jumbly feelings about writing stories which borrow too much from my life experience. Since forever ago, I've subconsciously and intentionally avoided writing what they call "ownvoices" fiction. I've so many strange stories featuring a varied cast of characters in my roster, but never one set in Malaysia, and never a character who completely shares major parts of my actual identity: Malaysian Chinese, ace, sort of? non-binary, definitely queer, first-gen immigration of Australia, and other biographical fun facts.

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‘Comics are a valid art form too!’

On the rare occasions I step out of my bubble (or, I don't even need to: sometimes the call is coming from inside the house), I time-travel to the era before the rise of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, etc, and encounter publishing or academic or institutional or creative people who think comics are not a valid art form or even a medium. Despite the fact comics are flourishing in the US, already a core part of literature in Europe and Japan, accessible to a varied audience, and proving itself a strong representational medium for a variety of issues/topics/experiences. But I don't have to reiterate the statistics and official articles and journals to confirm this. It should be as mundanely acceptable a phenomenon as prose books and films in the global cultural consciousness, because it already is a part of said consciousness.

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Letter to the New Year 2021

Since 2016 I've written and illustrated these letters to the new year, as a way to summarise my thoughts and feelings regarding the old year (and express my hopes and aspirations for the new). But for obvious reasons, I decided to skip it this year.

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Reimena Yee talks about political action

Politically Around

For the past few months I have been thinking about my political role as an artist. It is very strange to be at the point (both maturity and career-wise) when I must assert my intention as a person who tells stories and produces images/words for the world at large. I believe words and images have meaning, therefore they have impact. But what does impact mean on my own terms? (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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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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Going through an art reference book from the 15th century to select an alphabet initial to sample in my graphic novel/modern illuminated manuscript is giving me emotions :’) I’m using the book the way it was meant to 600 years later, how WILD is that!!

Malaysians should enrich our conversations about Israel & Palestine from purely theological to colonial occupation, human rights & dignity. So, we can apply the same justice & empathy in our own context in regard to orang asli, refugees, religious minorities & LGBT community.

Do you like stories about friendship, ghosts, and growing up? Then check out this juvenile graphic novel: SΓ©ance Tea Party. It follows Lora as she discovers just how bittersweet getting older really is. #OCLSReads

Link to borrow: https://iii.ocls.info/record=b2295943~S1

Mah Meri residents should not be further displaced, much less for tourism in Sepang. Stop treating indigenous people as obstacles.

Malaysians are in the middle of protesting the violence and settler colonialism by Israel against Palestine. Please bring that energy back home too. https://twitter.com/msianinsight/status/1392978368279113732

TheMalaysianInsight@msianinsight

Orang Asli Mah Meri diminta kosongkan tanah untuk projek pelancongan https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/bahasa/s/315232?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=msianinsight

I just think it’s rad that comics as a medium inherently present time *as* spaceβ€”time and space not as different dimensions but as different facets of the same thing. Every page is a unit of chronology-as-geography. How can anyone not get immensely excited thinking about this?

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