Note from Kay
Growing up brown and female, I rarely found many comic book characters who looked like me. Back then, comics were largely dominated by the superhero genre--at least where I was from.
However, at the turn of the century, with the enormous success of Art Spiegelman's Maus and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, the comics medium opened up to autobiographical narratives spanning a wide range of topics including queerness, disability, refugeeism, etc.
However, a large number of these comics still come from within the Western world. We have so many amazing works coming out of Asia, the Middle East, Africa et al, but it's still a tiny fraction compared to the Western market. Either that or the comics coming out of these countries do not get enough attention in the global comic scene. Consequently, I came up with Comics from the Margins to try to amplify lesser-known voices, regardless of geographical space.
Overall, I believe in the remarkable potential of the comic medium to articulate stories that defy purely textual modes of representation, stories that need a visual embodiment to come alive. If you do too, and/or would like to hear about our upcoming projects, do sign up for our (spam free!) mailing list here.
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