True Stories. Drawn from Life.

Featured Comic: I Welcome Refugees (Amnesty International)

“We don’t have our own transport so we have to walk everywhere. I can barely go outside on my own. Once a guy gave me a ride on his motorbike. He tried to take me to the “jungle” [forest] – I jumped off and hurt myself. I got a job in a shop, but other employees started touching my body so I left. Another time a guy offered me a “government job” in exchange for “staying with him” [in exchange for sex]. Is it a crime to seek asylum? Maybe it’s “illegal” to come by boat, but do we deserve to be confined here for three years for this?” After Mahta (not her real name) fled to Australia from Iran with her husband and her two children because of religious persecution, they were sent to a remote pacific island, Nauru, for “processing”. © Asia Alfasi/PositiveNegatives/Amnesty International

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.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Why Comics?!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our fundraiser for Why Comics?, our exciting new education charity. Why Comics? brings issues such as racism, conflict, trafficking & climate change into the classroom. Please contact us to help make this innovative charity a reality!!

Why Comics? Charity

This exciting educational charity 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 500 schools in 26 countries (and counting).

Recent and Upcoming Events

** We are excited to announce that we’re launching a fundraiser for Why Comics?, our exciting new education charity! Please donate here!! **

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. 

‘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


      Special Commendation for ‘Hooked‘ Best Short Feature 2015