‘One of the true rising stars of UK indie comics…combining moments of quieter symbolism with compelling visual metaphor.’ Andy Oliver
Khan’s eloquent minimal style and architectural page design illuminate her experiences of growing up as a second generation Azad Kashmiri migrant in East London.
The Roles We Play is Sabba Khan’s debut graphic novel collecting a series of short essays that explore themes of identity, belonging and memory within the East London Pakistani Muslim diaspora. Together the stories paint a vivid snapshot of contemporary British Asian life and the complex generational shifts experienced within migrant communities today.
Issues of race, gender and class are brought to the fore in a simple and personal narrative. The title of the book nods to the questions Khan explores: can religion and secularism, tradition and trend, heritage and progression move beyond a limited binary framework and towards a pluralistic common space of love and understanding?
The Roles We Play was shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2018.