True Stories. Drawn from Life.

Featured Comic: Magool from Meet the Somalis

In collaboration with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) we produced a series of fourteen comics, based on personal testimonies, that highlight integration issues of the Somali communities across seven cities of Europe – London, Leicester, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Malmo, Oslo and Helsinki. The focus of the project was to accompany the OSF policy research on the same subjects and locations and to engage a wide, general audience and challenge negative media stereotyping of the Somali community.

Resources

Comics from the edge: strips tell stories of Syrians' escape to Europe and depict torture and hardship endured by three men forced to flee their homeland.

Ted Talk

Listen to our Director, Dr. Benjamin Dix, Senior Fellow at SOAS present his TED talk about the history of PositiveNegatives, and how the powerful comic medium can help give silenced individuals a voice to narrate their real life stories from their perspective.

Why Comics?

This exciting digital project engages, raises awareness and inspires both teachers and pupils. The powerful comic medium allows readers to interact with contemporary social and human rights issues. We have pilot tested our educational material in over 200 schools in 26 countries (and counting).

 

PositiveNegatives produce literary comics about contemporary social and human rights issues. We combine ethnographic research with illustration, adapting personal testimonies into art, education and advocacy materials. 

 Recent and Upcoming Events

 FrontpageOur latest comic ‘Fleeing into the Unknown: A Journey from Eritrea to England’ with the ODI published in Huffington Post. An article on the making of the comic.

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‘A Perilous Journey’ depicting 3 Syrian journeys to Europe was launched at The Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo and serialised in The Guardian and Aftenposten on 12th November 2015. The comics were illustrated by Lindsay Pollock and animated by Wael Toubaji

 

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      Special Commendation for ‘Hooked‘ Best Short Feature 2015