I’ve said it across the other places I posted this too, but if there’s an event you’d like to see me at, leave me a comment below? I’m pretty limited on my budget but I want to attend more events too, especially smaller zine fairs and festivals.
The perk of having a newsletter is ofcourse, I can just write you all little letters.
I’m excited to be doing conventions this year, and excited for the Saving Sunshine launch towards the end of the year. I’m on a little break from BUUZA!! while I try and get my bands up though, and I’ve decided it’s likely I won’t publish a volume this calendar year. It’s a little saddening but I realised I had too much on my plate and being able to feed myself takes the biggest priority at the end of the day. I also realised it would be a little silly launching TWO books in October/November so I’m hoping to get Volume 5 done for May 2024…
Otherwise I’ve been writing up some resources for Illustrators and having a think about how I could create more resources on this website. I’ve got one written up now, but I want to get a few done before posting.
That’s all from my end, or at least all I can speak of currently. See you later!!
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.
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.
Technically, this would fall on New Year’s Eve, but who’s checking their inbox then 🙂 Thank you for supporting this comic for so many years! There’s still a lot of comic left, but we’re now dead in the centre of it.
Now it’ll just be a mad dash til the end…!
And Lastly, this was announced yesterday, but BUUZA!! is officially on Tapas Early Access! I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with Tapas to both get some bag but still keep the comic free to read and accessible. I’m excited for the future of this comic, so thank you for enjoying BUUZA!!.
I hope you all have a good new year, and hopefully I’ll have some exciting announcements in the new year to share!