Art is a language itself. It allows students to go more deeply into their feelings and circumstances. My goal is for each student to develop their own personal style – whether it’s water color, black and white, pen, or paint – as long as it is their own.
Ahmad, Project Coordinator
Joe Sacco’s graphic novel Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza provided a unique glimpse into the everyday lives of Palestinians living under military occupation. With West Bank Stories, Project Hope helped to create graphic novels that were produced by Palestinian youth, putting this powerful representational tool of art into their hands.
Building off the success of a first novel project proposed and run by Canadian volunteers the summer of 2009, Project Hope initiated a Graphic Novel program training groups of youth techniques in graphic novel production. The project was designed to train new generations of students who would make their own graphic novels, as well as teach art, design and graphic storytelling to younger students from their own areas. Each collection is the result of their work, but only the beginning of a much longer process of exploration, self-expression and learning.
We would like to share our story with the world, to show what we really are. We want to show that we have talent, that we have artists and directors and storyboarders.
The project also benefitted from small contributions by donors such as the UWCSEA Palestinian Global Concerns project in Singapore.
Following are galleries depicting the production and results of some of these novels over the years, as well as the novels themselves.
Stories produced by Children
2009 Graphic Novel Project
2011 Graphic Novel Project
2012 Graphic Novel Project