More New Art, HAAWIYAT on Track

We are on track, it looks like, to have a completed Haawiyat edition by year’s end, and it’s looking sensational! As our translators work at honing the Arabic before the work goes to lettering, layout, and print, we wanted to share a sampling of some of the art that has been coming in:

A panel from “Tomorrow’s Fortune,” illustrated by Maya Bora
A panel from “The Pigeon and the Crow,” illustrated by JT Waldman
A panel from “The Flowers that Vanished in the Night,” illustrated by Jay Piscopo

And more is coming in! Stay tuned for #GivingTuesday details this November, our big fundraising push for the year through MightyCause (formerly Razoo).

I can’t wait to get these into the hands of Syrian kids!

CYRIC Hosts Fundraiser for Migrant Children

Media Advisory
June 26, 2018

Family Art Fundraiser Announced to Support Migrant Children Separated from Parents 

Thousands of children have been separated from their parents along America’s border, and the financial cost both to reunite them and heal from this trauma will be immense.

Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Edith M. Fox Branch Library, 175 Massachusetts Avenue (on the corner of Cleveland Street), East Arlington, MA 02474

The MA-based nonprofit CYRIC will host a Family Art Fundraiser where youths create free children’s art on the theme of “family togetherness” and “family unity.” CYRIC will then be auctioning that art on eBay for Charity later in the week with 100% of the proceeds being donated to The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Supplies provided by Arlington’s ArtBeat and ArtLounge.

Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective (CYRIC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to produce and deliver free comic books for refugee children, based on the folklore from their own homes. The Family Art Fundraiser expands their mission to include fundraising for affiliated nonprofit’s efforts concerning migrant children in the U.S.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights promotes the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.

See the Facebook Event page for contact information and to RSVP.

Back Online and in the News!

It’s so lovely to have the website back online and running at, well, 95% capacity. (We still need to reload all of our Contributors content, but we have so much new art, so stay tuned there.)

In the meantime, here’s some tremendous coverage and awards we’ve received from the kind people at IVOH, the Pollination Project, Muftah, and Kleefeld on Comics.

Writer turns folklore into comics for Syria’s refugee youth

Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective (CYRIC) – Haawiyat comic

The Comic, “Haawiyat,” Brings the Stories of Syria to Refugee Children

“On -isms: Haawiyat,” May 25, 2017 features HAAWIYAT’s Rob Salkowitz

Over at, Rob Salkowitz, (author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) kindly put his focus on Haawiyat with the article “Comics Project Aims To Offer Hope To Syrian Refugee Kids.”

The stories in the comic were created in conjunction with mental health professionals and onsite experts, according to CYRIC. “Haawiyat consists of timeless Syrian folklore adapted into comics form and cultivated for its potential healing content,” said Project Leader A. David Lewis. “These tales, in standard Arabic for readers ages 6-12 or with supervision, are intended to deliver some measure of solace or narrative stability in their current situations.”

Follow Rob on Twitter @robsalk.

Haawiyat Reaches Turkey

Our partners at NuDay Syria have generously provided us with images of the kids receiving and reading their copies of Haawiyat. Says one of our contacts there, “The kids were super excited to read over the stories, and in some cases distracted me from photographing since they were eager to read to me!”

See our Field Feedback page for images of
these children in Istanbul and Gaziantep!

Get additional comics to children like these by supporting us via Razoo.