The Roles We Play

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Shortlisted   —First Graphic Novel Competition2018

‘One of the true rising stars of UK indie comics…combining moments of quieter symbolism with compelling visual metaphor.’—Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

‘Where is home, Mum?’ From the foothills of the Himalayas in the Kashmiri valleys to bustling Green Street in East London, Sabba Khan researches her identity from the global to the local, covering partition, displacement, and clothing choices for an interview as a wannabe student at a prestigious private architectural school.

Khan’s eloquent minimal style and architectural page design illuminates 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 memoir 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 forefront 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 definition and toward a common space of love and understanding, and ultimately toward a pluralistic approach?

The Roles We Play was shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2018.

South Asian Writers, South Asian Heritage Month

21 December 2020

During #SouthAsianHeritageMonth, I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with architectural designer and artist, @sabbakhanart.

We spoke about life, love, impostor syndrome, identity, belonging, and her upcoming debut graphic novel, #TheRolesWePlay (@myriad_editions, 2021)

I've been a bit of a fan of Sabba's work for some time now. I love the way she is able to weave in themes of fracture and discord around aspects of her culture without revoking any affection and pride for her roots. Her art remains a constant testament and love letter to her heritage. A beautiful thing, indeed.

Head to to watch our interview (🌟#linkinbio🌟) We were so at ease with one another, it just felt like two old friends talking the day away.

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