Drawing from History (Scrawl S9 E6)

By February 27, 2014Scrawl Radio

L to R: Scrawl hosts Rima and Brandon, graphic novelist Leila Abdel Razzaq, and Scrawl host Kevin


Hello Scrawl Nation! For this week’s episode, DePaul student and graphic novelist Leila Abdel-Razzaq visited the studio.

During this episode, we decided to explore the medium of graphic novels, which became popular in the late 20th century. Leila spoke about her parents’ influence on her and their inspiration which led her to make an illustrated version of their life story as Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. You can find her work at baddawicomic.wordpress.com.


An illustration from Leila’s upcoming graphic novel, Baddawi. You can find this and other pieces on her blog.

By discussing Leila’s work, we brought up how the genre of graphic novels has started to become more respected in literature, with highly-acclaimed works like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza. Our conversation dove into how graphic novels cover a middle ground between literature in theater and literature in text, and the difficulty in drawing imagery for audience instead of allowing readers to create this imagery on their own.

If you want to learn more about graphic novels and an exciting writing project from DePaul students, then check out this episode!

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Original Air Date: 2-21-14