Asia Alfasi

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Asia Alfasi 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. Her works synthesise 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 on her character Monir.

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. 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. 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 calledThe Adventures of Joseph and Jasmine and will also be out by the end of the year.

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To learn more about Asia’s work, please visit her website.

Bio from Wikipedia.