◆ Lunes Birmanes (Delcourt/IDW, 1 volume)
In 2009 the french publisher Editions Delcourt, reached me to show me a project on development by the journalits/traveler/rights defender Sophie Ansel. Meeting her and her experiences in Burma was a life changer. Burmese moons is a harboiled testimony of all the odisseys suffered by those minorities as are the Zomi ethnic group. Ten years after that journey the book landed in USA by the hand of IDW publishing.
This hit me hard like Maus. I’m frustrated that this was never brought up in school as I was coming of age.
Well-documented comic book on the genocide of the Rohinghas, a Muslim ethnic group in Burma.
History sticks to the most contemporary news and current geopolitical issues;
a straightforward description of the sad condition of some Burmese, forced immigration, confiscation of papers, slavery in the XXIIth century, human trafficking, an overwhelming testimony.
Garcia has provided us with an artistic tour de force of immense intensity and inventiveness that I believe goes unmatched by any other work I’ve seen this year.
The story describes a situation that has been overlooked by the international community, that of Burmese minorities living in oppression both on their ancestral lands and in exile. It is a painful, but vibrant work … like his drawings..
“Experiencing Burma has been a long 6 years journey full of life stories, landscape, energies, emotions and an overwhelming reality. When I was first introduced to Sam’s sketches on Burma sceneries, characters and portraits, I was voiceless. It made immediatly sense that we had to work together and report the testimony, the emotions, the journeys, the challenges and the cause of the burmese people, through the creation of a graphic novel. I would never imagine having a better work partner who dedicated his fire, passion, attention fully alive for almost 3 years. Not only is he a hard worker and a perfectionist, but he is an open mind, reliable, humble, respectful of other’s idea, a great listener and a great creative mind full of ideas and innovative vision. What he does with his pen is more than drawing, he is actually one of those rare magicians who give life and emotions to the caracters so that they reach your heart. Our graphic novel ” Burmese moons” has made him more than a colleague, it made him a great friend and some one I’ll always rely on. Some one rare that I’m looking forward to working with again.”
❉ Sophie Ansel (French writer and film director) @SophieAnsel
Nominated in 2012 for best travel album
Published in France (2012) and USA (2019)
My name is Sam (Sam Garcia, Sam G. C., SamCube) and I'm a professional author & illustrator living on the beautiful island of Menorca with three kids and an awesome wife. // More info...