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Magical Sweet Gula

Publisher: Difference Engine
  • Description
  • About the Creators
    • A dessert-themed magical girl story that bakes in both the bitter and sweet of school life and friendships.
    • A gentle way to start childhood conversations about fitting in, encountering discrimination, and embracing one’s uniqueness.
    • Endearing artwork that blends the magical and ordinary into a visual treat for children of all genders.
    • Learn about food and games in this comic inspired by Southeast Asia.

    Gula Gulali is a magical girl with the power to turn the things around her into cakes and sweets! But she is a Magi living in the non-magical realm of Terra, where her bright pink hair and pointed ears make her stick out like a sore thumb in the regular school she attends.

    When another young Magi joins Gula’s school, his weird behaviour draws far too much attention to the Magi who are already facing prejudice from Terrans. Now, Gula has to navigate friendships, suspicious schoolmates, and a series of magical mishaps — all while the success of a school drama production is at stake! Will she find acceptance and belonging, or will she have to give up her magic to fit in?

  • Johanes Park and Jessica Leman are an artist-writer couple residing in Jakarta, Indonesia. They met while studying animation at Kyungsung University in South Korea. Inspired by Johanes’ childhood experiences growing up with both Korean and Indonesian identities, the duo first created Magical Sweet Gula together in 2015, to share a story of acceptance and friendship with young people who feel “different”.

    Johanes is currently a university lecturer and Jessica is pursuing digital marketing in creative industries. They remain passionate about pop culture and comics as a medium to communicate meaningful stories with universal appeal, and participate actively in efforts to bring Indonesian creators’ works to global audiences.

ISBN: 9789811877360
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 184
Year Published: 2023
Size: 210mm x 148mm