Welcome to our very first Behind the Naratif post! In this new series, we go behind the scenes and examine how our stories are made. To start us off, the creative team behind “Growing Together: A Guide to Collective Care” chat about their experiences with collective care, the process and artistic decisions involved in making a comic, as well as the surprises they encountered along the way.

C: Minxi, could you tell us how you came up with the idea for this comic, and why it’s so important to talk about collective care?

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Minxi Chua

Minxi Chua is a Malaysian writer, editor, translator and researcher. She has studied and worked in Beijing, New York, Singapore, and Manchester; and, for much of this time, has been writing a novel on mental illness, the postcolonial Malaysian psyche, intergenerational female trauma, and chickens.

Namsai Khaobor

Namsai is an independent artist and illustrator. She is now making images and telling stories from her hometown, Chiangmai, Thailand. Her work is inspired by the mundanity of life, nature and poetry in many forms. Find her work at namsai-k.carbonmade.com, Instagram (@namsai_k) and Twitter (@namsai__k).

Charis Loke

Charis is an illustrator based in Penang, Malaysia. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she makes pictures that evoke wonder and curiosity. As a member of Arts-ED, she also works on community arts and culture education programmes for youth. Her work can be found at http://charisloke.com.

Charis is Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor for New Naratif. Reach her at charis.loke@newnaratif.com