Soooo I got tired of doing journal comics about my life a long time ago, but I still like making journal comics. I wanted to do the same thing, only about other people's lives, preferably far far away. The solution? Mideastyouth.com!
I found this great site one day while surfing for mideast type news, and its a great website. I hesitate to call it a blog; its more like a collection of students, journalists, and activists from the middle east, Iran, asia, the US, all writing, podcasting and videocasting (if thats a word) about issues that affect their lives and societies. The attitude at MEY is very positive and open minded, and the political disagreements that happen in the comments section are more like discussions and less like the usual screeching and shouting that happens on the web.
I liked them so much I asked if I could work with them to bring to life my other-peoples-journal-comics project. I'm a big mushy idealist, and the hope is that by sharing the little personal stories of people from countries that are often really abstract to us in the US (as well as to other countries or eachother) we can become more engaged with the "other" and see how much we have in common. Well I can only speak for myself I guess, but I didnt know much about Syria outside of their connection to Hezbollah before, and the same goes for way too many countries that I read about all the time.
So here's MEY comic number two, written by Tala who is from Syria. Check out the website too! Its great, I promise.