So, I’ve been working on this project for over two years now. Aaliyah Bilal is a writer from Washington DC who has lived and worked in China for over 15 years. She is a creative writer working in fiction and non fiction. The story we’ve been working on is loosely based on her experiences there. Y’all, graphic novels are hard af. I started this project making so many rookie mistakes even though I’ve read and studied many graphic novels for years. And I’ve been drawing forever. Still, the language of comics and graphic novels is much more challenging than I could ever imagine and I have so much more respect for folks who make them.
That said, this project is a labor of love. Me and Aaliyah have been corresponding, meeting, and sharing artwork and writing back and forth for awhile. If you’d like to read an excerpt from the book please go to the website LINK and check it out. Browse the work and check out Aaliyah and my websites. Stay tuned for more.
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