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[Giveaway] Win the entire Sufi Comics Collection!

Sufi Comics Giveaway
Enter the Giveaway to Win the Entire Sufi Comics Collection!

Enter the Sufi Comics giveaway to win signed copies of the entire collection!

The Books will be signed by the Authors & Artists, and shipped to you in any part of the world.

The prizes are three books, 40 Sufi Comics, The Wise Fool of Baghdad and Sufi Comics – Rumi.

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Announcing: Our next Sufi Comic Book

Rumi Inner Peace

Sufi Comics – Rumi, the first of its kind to illustrate the poems of Rumi in graphic form.

Our wonderful readers have written fantastic reviews on Amazon, blogs, and newspapers, and we’ve received great feedback giving us some new food for thought.

Here are some of those reviews:

Rumi on Colours of My Life

Review and Interview on Positive Provocations

Rumi the Persian poet’s life and verses get the comic-book treatment on The National

Sufi Comics Rumi by Dr. Kristian Petersen.

To everyone who has enjoyed reading Sufi Comics – Rumi

We’re pleased to announce that we’re working on the second volume!

And guess what? We’re now  nearly halfway in its completion. The stories have been shortlisted, the storyboards completed, and we are well underway with completing the penciling, inking and coloring of the comics.

We’ll be launching Rumi volume 2 at Comic Con Delhi 2015.

New techniques and art styles

These are the titles of some of the stories we’re covering.

  • Moses & the shepherd
  • Keep your heart awake
  • All through the night God is calling us
  • Fasting

Our artist Rahil is really pouring his heart out to make this book even better and more exquisite than before.

His designs are so much more intricate and his art even more detailed in this volume.  I really look forward to share Rahil’s art work & process in future posts.

Watch this space for sneak peeks and updates!

Photos from Comic Con Bangalore 2015

We were at Comic Con Bangalore 2015, where we got a chance to share the books with a whole lot of new people! Take a look at the photos below:

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Sufi Comics Rumi nominated for Best Graphic Novel Award

Every year Comic Con India gives out awards to the best comics in various categories. We got very excited when we heard that this year Sufi Comics Rumi got nominated for:

Best Graphic Novel

Best Graphic Novel

Best Cover Page

Best Cover

Alhamdulliah! :)

Meet us at Comic Con Bangalore

Comic Con Bangalore is taking place on 3rd, 4th & 5th of April. It’ll be at the White Orchid Convention Center.

Creating a book can be a very isolating experience. That’s why we always look forward to Comic Cons. We get to meet so many people who love comics, and they bring in so much energy! It gives everyone on the team a boost to continue working on the comics.

So do drop by to say “Hello”. Meet the team (Myself along with Arif, Rahil & Gafur) and pick up signed copies of the Sufi Comics books.

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[Interview] Katie Miranda on how her passion and experiences led her to make unique jewelry and draw powerful cartoons

[Katie Miranda Studios] Expressing faith through handmade Arabic calligraphy and gemstone jewelry
Katie Miranda makes handmade Arabic calligraphy and gemstone jewelry
Katie Miranda is making statements, from designing authentic Arabic calligraphy jewelry, to drawing political cartoons that challenge power and dominant narratives.

In 2005, Katie left California for Palestine where she lived in the West Bank for three years dividing her time between being a human rights worker, political cartoonist, and an art teacher for kids. During this time she also studied Arabic calligraphy in Ramallah, with master calligrapher Ehab Thabet. Later in 2010 she started her own Arabic calligraphy jewelry business, and founded Katie Miranda Studios.

An individual with authentic experiences and talents, her work has been featured in the International Museum of Women’s art, Al Jazeera, Mondoweiss, amongst numerous outlets nation-wide.

Read on as Katie reveals how she became a jewelry designer and political cartoonist, the issues she is passionate about, and her top tip to artists.

Please share a bit about your background, work and passions.

I came from a secular family with one parent of a Christian background and one parent of a Jewish background. I always self-identified as Jewish although I wasn’t religious. In 2010 I converted to Islam.

I’m a painter, cartoonist and a jewelry designer. I have a BFA and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I studied illustration and graphic novels. I also studied with master calligrapher Ehab Thabet in Palestine in 2007 and 2008.

I love great design, comics, color theory, sacred geometry and of course jewelry !

How did you become a jewelry designer and a political cartoonist? What qualities and skills do you need to pursue these respectively?

I became a jewelry designer by accident. I took a metal smithing class at the Academy of Art and I loved it. I decided to combine those skills with calligraphy to produce my Arabic calligraphy jewelry line.

I got into cartoons because I was trained as an illustrator and I had strong opinions so political cartoons was a natural outlet for those two interests.

 “Those who stand in the fire, who don’t quit, who ignore rejection are the ones who actually do become artists.”

If someone is interested in pursuing any artistic discipline seriously and successfully you have to have passion for it and drive. Anyone can learn to be an artist through practice, dedication, and repetition. Those who actually do, who stand in the fire, who don’t quit, who ignore rejection are the ones who actually do become artists.

People often tell me “I have no natural talent, I could never be an artist.” This way of thinking is misguided. The people who actually become artists aren’t necessarily those with natural talent. They’re the ones who don’t quit even if they have to draw stick figures for a year before being able to draw anything that looks remotely like a human figure.

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The Connection: How we are instruments of God’s will

The divine connection

I came across this beautifully profound yet simple story by Zinsight author George Ziniewicz. It resonated so deeply with me that I just had to make a Sufi Comic of it.

The concept of a terminal works well as we are merely the instruments of God’s will. Only if we would wake up and recognise it. If only we surrender our vanity and give ourselves up to God, we will receive the instructions, bandwidth and resources needed to create our best life ever; in the gentlest, easiest way possible.

[Interview] Daniel Dyer on his new project ’99 Names of Allah’ that aims to awaken children’s innate empathy & creativity

 

Chickpea Press aims to publish engaging, contemporary and imaginative books.
Chickpea Press aims to publish engaging, contemporary and imaginative books.
Daniel Dyer is co-founder of Chickpea Press.
Daniel Dyer is co-founder of Chickpea Press.

Passionate to share the love and wisdom that is at the heart of Islam and other spiritual traditions, Saimma and Daniel Dyer of Chickpea Press are working hard on a new book.

The 99 Names of Allah’ creatively introduces younger readers to names that describe God, complemented with sacred traditions, activities, and reflections.

I ask Daniel Dyer, the illustrator behind this colourful guide about what makes this book unique, how they have explored Islamic spirituality, and how we can help bring this book to life.

What inspired this book?

The beauty and power of the Names drew me. Something also told me that children need to explore them – not just adults. It began as a simple poem to orientate children to the Names, and then evolved into something much broader and, insha’Allah (God willing), much deeper.

What is unique about ‘The 99 Names of Allah’ book?

I don’t know of any children’s book in English that explores the 99 Names of Allah in way that I would wish for my children. For me, an exploration of the Names needs to be centred on the heart, on awakening children’s innate empathy, creativity and insight. It needs to help children to understand Allah’s attributes and to appreciate the places where these attributes are best reflected: in themselves and the natural world.

As well as helping to foster a spiritual and ecological awareness, it needs to help them appreciate the diversity of modern societies.  It should help them identify with all humanity, not just Muslims, and perhaps help them to appreciate that there is more than one path to God. It also needs to be imaginative, colourful and richly illustrated in order to really engage.

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