Saving Sunshine Cover Reveal

& Thoughts and Musings

This is a little late but Saving Sunshine Cover reveal!

And obligatory link to Pre-Order the Book!

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The beauty of a newsletter that exists publicly is I can both type out a lot of painfully sincere thoughts on a public platform, while resting assured those reading are statistically the ones who will read them in equal sincerity.

(I hope!)

Myself, Saadia and our dear editor Samia have been working on this book for the last 3 years. Artwork finished up last year, and for Saadia I believe script edits must have finished earlier but it’s wild to think there is still a lot of work now being made to publish , market and distribute the book!

I’ve made comics and graphic novels for a long while now, and managed to churn out a volume of BUUZA!! each year while working on this book, but it is very humbling to see first hand how much care and time it takes to work in professional publishing. I think it’s not something I should have been as surprised at but this was truly my first real foray into seeing what it’s like to be on the other side of a much larger scale production, and I cannot stress enough how much love and consideration has been put into the book to create and polish the narrative!! And this isn’t just at the hands of Saadia or myself, but also the work Samia has put in to carefully curate the story, the work the designers have put in to arrange the book, the several copy editors who read it over and over to weed out any tiny error and the countless other people who’ll have a hand in it, even though I’ve not interacted with them.

While the concept of a debut feels fraught since I am not alone in being a person in comics who’s ‘debut’ happens a decade or so into making and printing work, I am glad that Sunshine in particular is the book that gets to be my debut. Though I didn’t have a hand in developing the story, it still feels really personal to me, especially in the last few years and I’m glad a story about a pair of muslim kids will be the first one I have the honour of bringing to life. Myself and the team were still, even after what may have been our 5th editing pass, over 2 years into the production of this book, were still getting watery eyed over the ending! I really hope when it comes out, a lot of young people can relate to the comic.

And with that, I will go!