Critically acclaimed cartoonist Marguerite Dabaie announced yesterday a kickstarter for her third graphic novel, A Voyage To Panjikant. Her new book is a work of historical fiction set in the 7th century and follows the story of sixteen-year-old Upach, a headstrong and spunky teenage girl whose greatest desire is to follow in her father Shafnoshak’s footsteps and travel the Silk Road in order to become a successful merchant. The problem, however, is that women were rarely afforded the freedom to leave their hometowns. A rare caravan run gives her a taste of the freedom and knowledge she craves. When her caravan is attacked by bandits, leaving Upach as one of the only escapees of the siege, her life changes drastically. What happens when you get everything you thought you wanted at a horrible price? Be part of the kickstarter today at https://www.kickstarter.com/
Marguerite is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the comic The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, an autobiography about Palestinian Americans. Her previous work is available here http://hookah-girl.margoyle.
What others are saying about her work:
It’s always amazing to me when I hear about how a creator has spent years of research on a project, but I don’t think I’ve ever had one of those turn out to be anything other than amazing when I sat down to read it. Passion for a subjects tends to lead to quality, and this first issue of writer-artist Marguerite Dabaie is no exception.
–Rob McMonigal, Panel Patter
If Brooklyn-based artist Marguerite Dabaie ever wanted to have a career making arcane world customs palatable to teens, she could.
–The Epoch Times
What is more amazing is that she is probably one of the most knowledgeable people I know of when it comes to Medieval Central Asia and this quality permeates the entire work in subtle ways, giving it a credible technical depth and a culturally cogent identity while still being accessible to a modern (and uninformed) audience. For enthusiasts and historians, these subtle historical indications are deeply satisfying and gives the impression that the author is “aware”.
-Amir Yahyavi, founder of Iran History Forum