The successful bidder for this item will receive Dreams in Thin Air: A Graphic Novel based on a young man's dream to become coach for Tibet's first football team from Conundrum Press, written by Michael Nybrandt and illustrated by Thomas Mikkelsen with a preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Twenty years ago, Danish journalist Michael Nybrandt was cycling across Tibet. An unexpected storm forced him to seek shelter in a monastery, where he discovered the Tibetan people’s unique passion for soccer. During that trip, he also learned about the heartbreaking treatment the Tibetan people received at the hands of the Chinese government. He envisioned the creation of a Tibetan national soccer team as a way to create awareness about the Tibetan cause and to offer the Tibetan people a way to showcase their national pride, apart from geopolitical schemes. Together with fellow Tibetan soccer enthusiasts it took years of preparation, overcoming bureaucratic problems and political turmoil, before Tibet could play their first international match against Greenland in front of more than 5,000 spectators in Copenhagen.
Says Michael of the writing process, "I have been working for the Tibetan National Football Association for more than a decade. It’s been a heck of a journey that changed the course of my life. A few years back I decided it was time to share that story with a wider audience and I therefore started to write down the story as I remembered it. I had plenty of diary notes, newspaper articles, film footage, documentaries and e-mail correspondence to support me in the creative writing process. And though I tried all kinds of writer stimulating excursions, the project didn’t really take off and I got stuck with the idea. But after a while I was captivated by the literary concept graphic novel, which is basically a comic with a personal story or a book with illustrated content. The format could definitely vitalize my story superb and fortunately I found a talented illustrator whom I convinced to spend 3-4 years of his spare time to transform my storyline into a graphic novel."
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