Hello, we are Twelve Panels Press, a Melbourne-based publisher of graphic novels: Safdar Ahmed’s multi-award-winning Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System and Jan Bauer’s The Salty River. We are a specialised graphic novel publisher bringing long-form comic books into the Australian and international book market.

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‘I wish every person born into the privilege of citizenship in this country would read Safdar Ahmed’s Still Alive.’
Leah Jing McIntosh, Small-press gems, The Saturday Pap

Congratulations to Safdar Ahmed for winning four major literary awards:

2022 Book of the Year, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
2022 Multicultural NSW Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
2022 Gold Ledger, Comic Arts Awards of Australia
2022 CBCA Eve Pownall Awards

Also shortlisted for the 2022 PM Literary Awards

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Safdar Ahmed’s Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System interweaves journalism, history and autobiography with a striking visual style to bring to light the crucial untold stories of refugees in Australia, and the immigration detention systems they confront here.

‘Still Alive exemplifies the graphic novel’s capacity for juxtaposition as resistance. His intricately layered pages demonstrate the effect of government policies on real people.’ Eloise Grills, The Saturday Paper

‘This book brought me to tears – it is a moving and profoundly important work of art.’ – Isobelle Carmody, writer and activist

Still Alive is about the humble power of writing and drawing, by anyone brave enough to hold a pencil, to subvert the silence that others would wish to impose upon us.’ Shaun Tan, artist and writer

‘These are stories of uncomfortable truths which must be told and read by anyone who cares about fundamental questions of justice and humanity in this country.’ – David Manne, human rights lawyer

‘This is a book about resilience, a rollercoaster that takes us through pain, shame, rage, sadness and, against all odds, hope.’ – Ahmad Hakim, Refugee Voices

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