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The Hookah Girl
02 June 2009 @ 08:27 am
At MoCCAfest: I'll be at table 220. Here's the map.

I'll be there with chibiqueen and another fellow I unfortunately don't know, but who I am sure is swell.

Remember:June 6-7 at the 69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan!
The Hookah Girl
31 May 2009 @ 11:06 am
Are you in NYC? I'll be at MoCCAfest, June 6-7 at the 69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, and the NYC Zine Fest, June 27-28 at the Lyceum, Brooklyn.

I'll be wheelin' and dealin'! Drop by and say hi!
The Hookah Girl
08 May 2009 @ 08:38 pm
*glug glug blugg glrrrgg gluerrggg NEW COMIC gleareghh*

*glugeg gueeellg bluerg BELIEVE IT! blug*

*blegg blurrgg arrghhh glarrrg IT IS SIX DOLLARS blerrhg arrgh*

*GO HERE FOR PAGE PREVIEWS OR TO PURCHASE! bleggh bleggh bleggh?!*
Current Mood: artisticartistic
The Hookah Girl
09 September 2008 @ 12:16 pm
I didn't know the Arab American National Museum had such a sense of humor!


Shirts for sale on their website. My favorites are "Palestinian Princess" and "I heart teta."
If anyone's in the market to buy me a gift, you know what to do!
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
The Hookah Girl
31 August 2008 @ 06:04 pm
I completed page 1 of "I Never Bought It" out of order with page 2, so what I'm going to do is just post all three pages that I have done in order. Sorry for the repeats!

I Never Bought It, page 1, completed. Note the Redwall reference. Tee hee hee.

I Never Bought It, page 2, completed.

I Never Bought It, page 3, incomplete. As you can see, a mad cross-hatching party has to happen.

These pages are time-consuming as all get-out... but I think they're worth it.
Current Mood: goodgood
The Hookah Girl
15 July 2008 @ 07:03 pm
I'm sorry for posting a double in less than an hour!
Here is a small sample of a big, big thing I'm in collaboration with.
The strip is tentatively titled either "Ali's House" or "Mizmar Girl." (We're still working on that.)

Tom Hart and I have been co-creating this little world. It's been taking up my time for a while but I finally feel like I can talk about it because it looks like it's going to happen.
As is probably obvious just from this one strip, The Hookah Girl plays a big role in the material for the strip. It's very interesting when this one seemingly isolated comic takes another, more innocuous form. I'm looking forward to creating the strip alongside The Hookah Girl and seeing how my work evolves.
The Hookah Girl
15 July 2008 @ 06:45 pm
A fresh, new look at childhood haunts!

"I Never Bought It," Page 1. Actually, this page is unfinished. If you check out the following page, you'll see that I plan on springing into some mad cross-hatching action.

"I Never Bought It," Page 2. Completed for the most part. I really do love my monster.


My cookbook is on sale.
This is a hand-lettered cookbook of my grandmother's recipes. Kind of a big deal, as this is the first time the recipes have ever been written down (she could neither read nor write). I made this book as an homage to her cooking, which, indeed, was her art.
It is $3. If you're interested in purchasing, please go here.

Thank you.
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
The Hookah Girl
26 May 2008 @ 07:25 pm
A couple of announcements:

Most importantly, I have some pages finished!

Music, page 4. INKED AND DONE.

I'm either going to do "The Telling Dream" or "I Never Bought It" next. Depends on my mood.

The reason why my HG-love has been so sporadic lately is because my time has been divided by a project I don't want to talk too much about yet because it isn't a guarantee. I'll know in the next month or two if it's a waste of time or not. It really is driving me nuts because it's taking up so much of my mental capacities, but I don't want to jinx it! All I'll say that it does indeedy-do have to do with comics.

I'll also be at MoCCAfest again this year, donning a table. While I won't have Volume 2 ready in time (ob-vee), I'll be debuting a cookbook I've been putting together of some of my teta's recipes. If you'll be in NYC on the weekend of June 7th, go to the Puck Building! It really is a fun convention.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
The Hookah Girl
16 May 2008 @ 01:17 pm
Today is the official remembrance day that this is the 60th anniversary of "the catastrophe." The date has been heavy in my head for weeks now, especially living in a city where there is a huge Jewish population. I often forget that what I grew up thinking of as a horrible thing is considered a positive for a whole population, and that makes me feel uneasy.

I'm going to transcribe a little diddy I wrote in my book, as I think it summarizes what I want to say nicely:

Today is the official Al-Nakba day. They're having a protest/march down near the UN. I was thinking that I'd go at first but the weather is disgusting and I have a lot of work to do here. Besides, I can't help but think What Good Would It Do. I'm feeling very pessimistic. It reminds me of the protests I saw in 'Frisco several years ago, with the Pro-Israelis on one side and the Pro-Palestinians on the other and they were flag-waving and cussing out each other and holding up picket signs and the police were there to mediate and it lasted for an hour and then they all went home. Did anyone learn anything that day? Was that a real solution to the problem?
On this 60th anniversary, I'm sick of the dodging, I'm sick of the agendas, I'm sick of history. I want answers. Now.
Current Mood: moodymoody
The Hookah Girl
27 March 2008 @ 09:40 pm
I'm not going to kid myself (or anyone else) anymore: I'll update when I can. My life seems to be unable to regularly work on pages anymore, though I'm still plugging away at it.
I stopped feeling bad about this a long time ago. At least I'm still creating. I'm reminded of Gary Panter, who was so busy with his life at one point, he was forced to work on a single panel of his work per night.
This comic is my lifeblood but it's in no way my moneymaker. And that's okay. But I can't work on it all the time, as much as I'd like to.

Long-wind time is over. Here's an update:

Music, page 3. "My 'hatred' for music ran deep as an unattainable skill, and I refused to even listen to the stuff for several years."

Music, page 4 (in semi-sketch form). "Just about every happy occasion was a large affair, with sometimes hundreds of guests."

Happy Women's History Month.
Current Mood: artisticartistic