ALAA ABU ASAD
JAFFAT EL AQLAM
“I like to draw, and I like to write. For the longest time I felt torn between the two, but comics and zines gave me an outlet to do both at once. I’m fascinated by people and their behaviors and motives. There is so much beauty and truth in the ugly things around us, that are not paid much attention, from these places to things to creatures. So, and as cheesy as it may sound, I try to look for that beauty. I used different mediums, but I’m most comfortable with inking. My works seems incomplete, page and just plain ugly at times, but I’m ok with that. It’s life, so, I forgive myself and my work for being the way it is.” - Zayed Temash
ART: ZAYED TEMASH
Idea and compilation by Noura.
Zine designed and published by Jaffat El Aqlam for the 'MEMORY' issue.
If you'd like to contribute to this zine, please email us a scanned photo of younger you, with a caption from current you. We'll update it every month.
Experiencing Nasir’s work a couple of years ago, for the first time was a real treat. Feelings ranged from whoa surrealism whoa to this feels pleasantly light, I need more. I think to some extent, most of my work is heavily inspired by him. He’s a beautiful human & we need more beautiful humans who share their pieces/parts of them in this planet.
I bought this in MEFCC & it's one of my personal favorite purchases. Zayed has an incredibly distinct style, mostly surreal with hints of darkness.
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