Zeynel, a carpet merchant turned vampire, has accepted his fate and now searches for the stories of his past. With his ties to Istanbul threadbare after the passing of his wife, Ayşe, he travels across the West in search of a new home. On the invitation of a young friend, Alfred Grimsley, Zeynel moves to a quiet English town where he is confronted by a fad for all things Turkish – but not as he knows it.
Zeynel’s new life is thrown off balance when Mora Strigoi, the vampire responsible for Zeynel’s death, appears at his door begging for forgiveness. With Mora’s arrival and Alfred on the trail of a mysterious serial killer, Zeynel must decide whether he can make peace with the past before everything he has built begins to unravel.
The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, Vol II is the second and final instalment of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel. A modern Gothic story that takes apart the 'vampire as other' trope, it tells of the healing balm of compassion and the redemptive power of forgiveness.
Reimena Yee is a strange and fancy artist, writer and designer originally from the dusty city of Kuala Lumpur. She has drawn for Adventure Time, Image Comics, Girls Make Games, and a cornucopia of smaller businesses. You can find her (and other comics) at reimenayee.com
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21st July 2022Upcoming Graphic Novels From Me, about historical conquerers and monster aunts
Thanks so much for sharing pictures of The Carpet Mechant Volume 2! It's so wonderful to see the book on your shelves, especially paired with its red older sibling. :D
If you enjoy TCM and are interested in reading more of my work, I have a couple of graphic novels coming up.
1. Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life, Book 1
This is the artistic follow-up to TCM: similar…
12th July 2022Book Arriving + Transcript & Supplementary
I'm starting to get photos of The Carpet Merchant Volume II in readers' hands! If you haven't done so yet, please confirm your address so that the fulfillment centre can initiate delivery. And if you have already done that, the book + your rewards should be on their way to you soon!
1st June 2022Update | Coming to you SOON + Book preview
It's been awhile since I last talked to you. There haven't been any cool updates to share since TCM was doing its rather mundane thing of sitting at the printers, getting shipped out, sorted at the warehouse, etc amidst the long delays caused by the pandemic supply chain issues...
BUT THAT'S DONE. THAT'S OVER.
The BOOK is REAL!!
I just received my author copies and everything…
1st October 2021Update | In Production!
I've just submitted the final files for the graphic novel, which means we've made it to the PRODUCTION stage of Volume II! During this stage, the design and editorial team will be converting these files into information for the printer, choosing the paper stock, copyediting, requesting colour samples, and all the fine details that turn these digital pieces into a physical book.
29th April 2021Update | Bookmark, Pins, Book Timeline
I hope you had a lovely April. Some updates from my end, especially regarding the merch:
Enamel pins: both the bird and bat pins are in production at the factory. Heads up that I've edited the bird pin slightly from the Volume One 2019 run (nothing drastic, just the sharpness of the black and a few barely noticeable design tweaks). When the pins arrive at my doorstep I will show…
5th April 2021104% | THE BOOK IS HAPPENING | Production updates
Hello everyone, fantastic news!!
We're completely funded over Easter weekend!!! Once again, thank you so so much to all supporters new and old for making this second volume a reality. I am excited to be moving on soon to production!
Here are my next steps:
Enamel pin and carpet bookmark production: this April I will begin reaching out to manufacturers and get started on the production…
2nd April 2021Update | 93% | The Final Stretch!!
What a year it was last year! First off, I must apologise for the lack of updates and the slowness of the crowdfunding. Due to the pandemic and the economic difficulty it entailed to so many people, I personally felt uncomfortable constantly marketing this campaign, and then, of course I got swamped by other professional obligations. (Not an excuse but an explanation) That is…
19th May 2020Update | Thank you for 40%! + Some news + Updated Cover
I wanted to say THANK YOU!! for the trust, patience and support you have given to this campaign, especially during these strange times. I apologise if progress has been slow (I've reduced promotion since March both in consideration of financial difficulties for potential backers, and my own mental health), but it's truly awesome to see that we're moving closer towards raising…
I just discovered your work and would love to support the project! I haven't read the first volume, tough. Any chance for a reward level that includes both volumes?
Hi Maya, thank you!! If you want the first volume it’s better that you purchase it separately from your favourite bookstore online or offline. Any rewards tied to this campaign will be fulfilled only when the second volume is published, which will be in 2022 or 2023 (depending on the pandemic affecting production and delivery). Since the first volume is already available, it’s recommended to get that one now rather than wait.