Corman Title IT'S ALWAYS BEEN HERE: A Comic by Leela Corman - Mutha Magazine


Published on November 21st, 2013 | by Leela Corman


IT’S ALWAYS BEEN HERE: A Comic by Leela Corman

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I was inspired by a place I visited in western Turkey called Meryem Ana (Mother Mary). The claim is that it’s where the Virgin Mary lived out her last days, and there’s a little chapel there with a constant line of pilgrims, and a wall of prayers. But there is also a much older keyhole-shaped pool (god, I hope I’m remembering that right), and my friend and I thought the place must have been a much earlier site of worship. So I saw it as a spot that has always been used for the prayers and petitions of women, throughout time, regardless of the deities who might be associated with it.

When you go to very old places, you feel their layers of spiritual practice strongly—they just wear different masks.

(illustration adapted from Women’s Review of Books)

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About the Author

Leela Corman studied painting, printmaking and illustration at Massachusetts College of Art. Her book Queen’s Day earned her a Xeric Award in 1999 and was called “music to my eyes” by Scott McCloud. She has created two more graphic novels including her latest, Unterzakhn, published by Schocken/Pantheon. She has illustrated books for major publishers on crafts, fashion, gardening, dating and other topics, and for clients such as The New York Times, New York Press, BUST Magazine, Thirteen/WNET, and many more. She is also an accomplished bellydancer and bellydance instructor. Corman and her husband, Tom Hart, are the founders of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prosperity and promotion of comic art and artists, offering instruction in comic art, graphic novels and visual storytelling in vibrant Gainesville, Florida, where she is also an adjunct instructor at University of Florida.

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