This is the story of Al, a kind-hearted busker who finds treasure in a mysterious cave and faces the consequences of sharing its secrets. Based on the ancient Arabic fable 'Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves Killed By the Slave Girl', Al is a graphic novella that translates the story and brings it to a 21st century western audience.
In a world where the arab man and woman is vilified in popular media, is it possible to redeem their humanity by using that same media? Publications such as these aren't the most popular form of entertainment but there is an audience for it. With Al, I want to remind people that beyond the fear that the media has injected in us, the arabic world is home to history's most exotic and imaginative minds.
My reason for making hte book double sided is the dual nature of the story. The good brother and the bad brother, the decision whether or not to reveal the cave's secrets and so on. Plus I've always enjoyed seeing behind the scenes footage on DVDs, I felt this was in the same light.