Graphic Novel

Ahmad instructorArt 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.

Islam, student

The students who participated in this project went from being students to being artists and teachers. They created their own spaces in which they could express their ideas, providing them with a platform from which to shout, scream, laugh, cry and sing. In so doing, they could release some of the stress that has weighed on their minds for so long, and express the pain of years of frustrated desires and dashed hopes, which are all too common for youth growing up under occupation. Curfews, housing demolitions, harassment at checkpoints and attacks by settlers — all daily realities faced by Palestinian youth — were transformed into stories of human resilience and strength.

This visual art form provides an ideal medium for students to express themselves without any cultural or linguistic limitations standing in the way of their message. They were trained in the history, methods and techniques of this art form. Each group of university youth trained for each annual edition of the graphic novel was in turn asked to work with kids in their own community, creating a graphic novel. The program ran from 2010 to 2014 with financial support from the Dutch donor Kerk in Actie. 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

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View Novel Online

 2011 Graphic Novel Project

 2012 Graphic Novel Project

View Part 1 of the Novel Online

View Part 1 of the Novel Online

View Part 2 of the Novel Online

View Part 2 of the Novel Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Kids Graphic Novel Project

2013 Graphic Novel Project

2014 Graphic Novel Project

Kids’ Graphic Novels

More Kids’ Graphic Novels

Project Hope

Project Hope is a community not-for-profit and a registered charity.

Project Hope works in the refugee camps, cities, and villages of the Nablus region of the northern West Bank, teaching English and delivering other essential education, arts and sports programs to Palestinian children and youth.

The largest volunteer organization of its kind in Palestine, Project Hope fosters dialogue and cooperation between local and international volunteers, while encouraging its volunteer alumni to remain involved with the issue of Palestine afterward.

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Project Hope's work is carried out through the Canadian charity “Humanitarian Opportunities for Peace and Education”

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W751227523

Project Hope's work is supported from the United Kingdom and European Union through the Scottish charity Firefly International

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