January 31, 2012

In literary criticism, a bildungsroman or coming-of-age story is a literary genre, which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood; thus character development becomes extremely important. This image is from Marjane Satrapi’s graphic narrative work Persepolis.

What triggered your growth from youth to adulthood? I’ve been wondering about this question for many years – my Masters thesis was partly about individuation. At this point in my life the things that have changed and affected me the most have been romantic relationships. That’s where I have gone to fall and ultimately resurrect. For others I am sure tragic catalysts come in all forms: death, loss of innocence, abandonment, fear, loneliness etc. Ultimately those dark places are what propel you to crawl forward into the proverbial light.

Graphic Women

January 6, 2012

I read Graphic Women by Hillary Chute recently, it’s a really interesting book about women and graphic narratives. I am currently involved in a graphic narrative project that is called IZZAT, surrounding issues of domestic and family violence in the South Asian Toronto community. Part of the mandate of IZZAT is to realize the therapeutic results that manifest when a personal trauma can be re-viewed through drawing and writing. Graphic Women really helped me to clarify the role that drawing can play in healing, ownership and resiliency.