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New Book: Rumi Volume 2 + Photos from Comic Con Bangalore

The latest book Sufi Comics – Rumi (Volume 2) is all ready!

Even though we haven’t spoken much about it, for the last 1 year our team has been working hard. By God’s grace we were able to complete the work and print a few copies just in time for Bangalore Comic Con which took place on the 12th and 13th of November.

More about Sufi Comics Rumi Volume 2

This book is the 2nd volume of Sufi Comics Rumi. 12 of Rumi’s poems have been presented in the graphic medium

 

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Each comic is carefully illustrated and followed by the verses of the Qur’an on the theme of the poem

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Launch Photos at Comic Con Bangalore

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The Quint Interviews Arif & Ali

https://www.thequint.com/life/2016/11/14/islam-sufi-comics-islamic-comic-con-bengaluru-religion

 

When will Sufi Comics Rumi 2 be available to buy?

Jan 2017 the book will be available to buy, as a hard copy and in Kindle.

We’ll have some special offers at the time of launching this book, including giving away Free signed copies of Sufi Comics Rumi – Volume 2.

Watch this space in the coming weeks!

9 Inspiring Rumi Quotes in Images that will make you think

Rumi crafted spiritual wisdom, in the most beautiful of ways, and even in today’s modern age, anyone reading Rumi will find something they can relate to.

We’ve taken some of Rumi’s quotes and used created images using the illustrations from the book.  Have a look at them here.

 

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Get Free Chapters from the book: 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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Photos from the Launch of Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore

Last weekend we had an amazing time launching Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore.

My legs are still sore standing for 3 days at the event.

But it’s a good kind of pain 🙂

This year’s Comic Con Bangalore was in a different venue compared to 2 years, and there was an entry fee, so we were not sure how many would attend.

But the turn out was overwhelming at times! It’s one of the biggest exhibition events that takes place in the city every year.

Not only did we get to meet friends who bought the first two books & came for getting the 3rd book. We also got to introduce Sufi Comics to a whole new audience.

This year international guests were invited to speak at the event, including Sana Amanat, the writer of Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan.

At times working on a book can be a very lonely process, but events like Comic Con make up for it!

A special thanks to all our friends who made it to the event. Kazim, Shrabonti, Noreen, Som, Nakheer, Zawahir, Jaffer, Waseem, Dr Mateen, Syed Akbar, Priti & Srikant.

Check out the photographs below:

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In the Media:

Thanks to the journalists who wrote about us:

Times of India

Deccan Herald

The National

Blogs:

… and the wonderful bloggers:

Fahad Kadri

Muhammad Baqir Sadiq

Sayed Khadri

Mohammed Khan

Hussein Rashid

Shahirah Elaiza

Zeenat Merchant-Syal

Where to get the books?

Click on the links below:

40 Sufi Comics

The Wise Fool of Baghdad

Rumi

What’s the next book?

Top Secret! But you’ll be the first to know 🙂

We’ll announce our next project in the coming weeks. Till then we’ll be continuing the short Sufi Comics web comic series on our blog.

Meet us at the Launch of Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore

 

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We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.

We’re launching Sufi Comics Rumi at Comic Con Bangalore!

The only way we were able to complete this book was because we had committed to launching the book at Comic Con Bangalore. 🙂

We’re just in time. In fact the books are getting printed as I write this post.

Every event organized by Comic Con India is very exciting for us. We get to interact with our readers directly, and also meet to new ones!

By coming to the event, you’ll be the first group to get your hands on our latest book “Sufi Comics Rumi”, and have them signed by the authors and artists.

I’ll be there along with Arif, Rahil, Tanzil & Abdul Gafur.  Do drop by to say “hello!”

Comic Con Bangalore is taking place over 3 days. The 12, 13 & 14 of September. We’ll be there all 3 days.

Our Presentation on Rumi will be on 14th of September at 12 pm.

You can book your tickets online.

Here are some photographs from previous Comic Cons:

 

Watch Muqtar Ahmed inscribe Calligraphy for the Rumi Book (Photos + Video)

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Rumi’s greatest work, the Masnavi has more than two thousand references to the Qur’an.  It is a volume of work that is deeply attached to it & is often referred to as the poetic Commentary of the Qur’an.

So when working on the Sufi Comics – Rumi book, we included references to the verses of the Qur’an on the same theme as the poem.  This would allow the reader to discover a more authentic meaning to the poem.

These days the lettering in a book is almost always done using computer fonts. But we didn’t want to use Arabic fonts to present the verses.

So we asked Muqtar Ahmed, to inscribe the verses of the Qur’an & sayings from the Islamic traditions for the book.  He’s the only calligrapher in India to have received a third level Diploma (equal to a masters degree) from Istanbul based Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture.

It’s a treat just to watch him write. As his reed stick touches the paper, the divine words appear in it’s most beautiful forms.

Have a look at the photographs & video clips I took of him inscribing calligraphy for the book.

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A Sneak Peek of the Rumi Origins Story

On September 30 1207 a boy was born to Bahā ud-Dīn Walad and Mu’mina Khātūn, in the City of Balkh in Afghanistan.

Little did they know what extraordinary and influential personality, the boy would grow up to be.

There is no question that Rumi has inspired and influenced millions of people across the world with his spiritual legacy. His writings about the spiritual journey have resonated with people from all walks of life, transcending national, cultural and ethnic borders.

But how did Rumi become Rumi? What were the events in his life that caused an out pour of such spiritual wisdom?

We didn’t just want to include Rumi’s poems in the book, but also introduce his renowned character behind the universal pearls of wisdom.

Below you can find out the answers by reading his story in thumbnails.

The final artwork will be in the book. Do let us know what you think!

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What Rumi Can Teach Us About Inner Peace (Even If Your World Is Crashing Down)

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You look at it with pride.

Your first car.

A shiny, new Renault Duster.

You love everything about it. The shimmering silver colour. The smell of newness. Even the lights inside seem special.

You take your car out on your first drive. You cruise down the neighbourhood. A big smile on your face. Life is sooo good. But, all of a sudden you hear the sound of friction against the side of your new car.

OMG! Your new car just got horribly scratched.

Before you can stop the driver of the other car, it zooms away.

You feel wrecked inside. Almost violated.

How could this have happened?

You’re depressed the whole day. Instead of celebrating your new car, you feel rage. How could that person scratch your new car?

You think to yourself, “Why me? Why is the world against me?”

Have you ever felt like this? Read more

5 Thought-Provoking Reasons Why Rumi is the Best Selling Poet in America

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Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
~Rumi

You may have come across Rumi’s quotes like the one above.

Perhaps in books. Or quite likely on your Facebook feed, Twitter account or on Buzz feed.

If you enjoy poetry you might have even read some of his poems.

Rumi was a 13th Century poet who lived in different parts of the Persian Empire which included present day Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey. He was a mystic, a philosopher and top Islamic Scholar of his time.

But he’s most popularly known for his timeless Poetry that sprang from his yearning for the Divine.

What is astonishing is that he’s the best selling poet in America. Even outselling giants of English literature like Shakespeare.

How is it that the works of a 13th Century Persian Poet becomes one of the most widely read in the Western world?

What is it about Rumi, that makes him so popular?

While working on our upcoming book Sufi Comics Rumi, we researched more about this great mystic.

This led us to these 5 reasons why Rumi is so popular.

Here they are:

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Announcing: Get a Free copy of our next book on Rumi!

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Yes, you’ve heard it right! How will I get a free copy of  Sufi Comics: Rumi book, I hear you ask?

You’ve been enjoying updates on Sufi Comics – Rumi, you’ll know that the journey and process of creating the book has been an exciting and an a fruitful one to say the least!

So far in our updates we’ve revealed to you:

  • Behind the Scene Sketches
  • Process Thumbnails to illustrations
  • Excerpt of a story
  • Interview with the Artists & Authors
  • Designing the cover page illustration

We’ve  completed around 70% of the book, which will go to print this August with the official launch in September.

There is an exciting opportunity for interested readers like yourself to join an “early-bird” Pre Launch list.

Before the book is released to the public, a digital version of the book will be made available to read online exclusively to those on the list.

That’s not all. Get 1 Copy Free!

By joining the Pre-Launch list, not only would you be the first to read the book, as a special gift you could receive 1 signed physical copy of the book anywhere in the World!

This offer is now closed

Thank you to all you who’ve participated! You still view 3 chapters from the book for free.

Click here to view 3 Chapters from the book