Her name is Asia Alfasi, she is 22 years old, and lives in Birmingham England. Her true passion is Manga the Japanese cartoon characters and comic books in general. She created her own Arabic manga characters, one of them is called Monir an Arabian Muslim child (and a prince although he doesn’t know it) who has learned to fight to stay alive and look after his twin sister Monira.
She won graphic drawing awards, and now signed a deal with the prestigious Bloomsbury publishing house (The Harry Potter publishers) to publish a two part Auto-Biographical graphic novel entitled (Native Narratives) that will be out early next year 2007. Asia’s Drawings appeared in many comic magazines and recently some of her designs will be part of an Art project in London called Platform for Art, where London underground celebrates a 100 year since the Piccadilly line first opened its gates. Her giant cartoon strips will appear at Piccadilly Circus and in the new ticket hall at King’s Cross stations.
Asia Alfasi was born in Libya and moved to Scotland with her family at the age of 8. The first volume of her graphic novel will be about her life in Libya, the second volume is set in Scotland. Her work draws on themes of family, faith and culture and the central character is a young girl who wears the headscarf.
Last week she was interviewed by Jenni from Women’s hour a BBC Radio 4 show you can listen to the interview by visiting the program’s website or by clicking here.
We are all proud of this young talent and we look forward to read her graphic novel soon.