Bahrain’s First Graphic Novel?

While browsing the local section of one of my favorite bookstores, I have found an interesting graphic novel titled “The Awakening of Shamal: No Time to Waste!” by Anna Thackray. While living in Japan, I developed an interest in manga, therefore I was immediately attracted by this novel’s detailed cover. The author is a British expat and a professional artist. The novel is based in Bahrain and it is the first of a trilogy. The story contains both historical and fantastical elements. The illustrations include animals and Bahraini landmarks such as the Tree of Life, the Bahrain World Trade Center, and the Twin Towers. I am looking forward to the second chapter of this trilogy, which should be available by the end of this year.

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