Asia Alfasi

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Asia Alfasi (right) and a friend at the Bristol International Comic Expo.

Asia Alfasi (born April 20, 1984) is a Libyan-British manga-influenced comic writer and artist. She was born in Libya and moved to Scotland at the age of 7. Since then, she has relocated to Birmingham, England, and lives there to this day[when?]. Her works focus around a synthesis of her exposure to Islamic, Libyan, British and Japanese influences. She first gained notoriety when she was the first female to participate in and win the Hi8us Midlands Stripsearch competition with a portfolio based around her character Monir.[1]

Publications[edit]

Since she first started creating comics professionally in 2003, Asia has released two major publications. Her first major work, "JinNarration", was published in the Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, an anthology of works by up-and-coming young British comic artists. Her short semi-autobiographical story, "The non-savvy non-commuter", was displayed on the walls of Piccadilly Circus tube station as part of Thin Cities, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the station's opening.[2] It was on display from 15 December 2006 to 31 April 2007. Her first individually published graphic novel will detail the adventures of a young Muslim girl and the events of her life in both Libya and Scotland.[3] It is due to be released by Bloomsbury this year. Asia is currently also working on converting a play into a graphic novel which is due to be published in August. The play, for which Asia had earlier designed the poster, is called Looking for Yoghurt, and is performed by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, Joyful Theatre and Kijimuna Festa in association with Hanyong Theatre. A third book that she is working on is called The Adventures of Joseph and Jasmine and will also be out by the end of the year.

Events[edit]

Following a period of absence from the public scene, Asia has attended several events since the start of 2009. She has appeared at the Highlands International Comics Expo, the Hi-Ex, on February 14 and 15 in Inverness, Scotland.[4] On the 10th and 11 May she attended the Bristol International Comic Expo, and later that month she also attended the London MCM[5] During this year, Asia attended the CAPTION comics festival in Oxford on August 15 and 16. She also will be at BICS, the British International Comics Show on October 3 and 4, and the second London MCM Expo on October 24 and 25.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - Birmingham - Features - Manga champ
  2. ^ Platform for art - Thin Cities - Asia Alfasi - Transport for London
  3. ^ BBC - Radio 4 Woman's Hour -Asia Alfasi
  4. ^ http://www.hi-ex.co.uk/guests.htm Hi-Ex - List of Guests
  5. ^ LondonExpo - List of Creators and Exhibitors

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