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Nabiel Kanan (1971- ), pronouced ‘na-BEEL ka-NAAN’ self-published the award winning Exit series in the 1990s before releasing the Eisner Award nominated Lost Girl and The Birthday Riots graphic novels. He lives and works in Derby, UK, where he divides his time between comics, graphic novels and commercial illustration work. He does not grant interviews and prefers his work to speak for itself.

Essential Reading:

The Drowners
Image, 2006

The Drowners tells the tale of billionaire media tycoon, James Quinn, who has built an empire so powerful it changes the lives of all those caught in its orbit. But when this empire begins to show signs of cracking, so does Quinn’s veneer of invincibility, as dark secrets from his past begin to emerge. Not least of which is his possible involvement in the drowning years earlier of a mysterious young woman, whose presence is still felt.

Warren Ellis says:
Nabiel Kanan is fucking brilliant. So if you see this book, look at it. That’s an order.

The Birthday Riots
NBM, 2001

It is a time of upheaval and civil unrest, but for Max Collins life is sweet. As campaign advisor to London mayoral candidate Thom Conran, he can always escape the pressures of the political arena and London city life to his country retreat. There he can enjoy life and watch the world go by, far from the madding crowd. But when his errant daughter, whose fifteenth birthday is imminent, becomes embroiled in the politics of change that is sweeping the nation, when the problems show up literally right in his own backyard, Max’s true colours begin to surface as he becomes torn between his current political allegiances and his more radical past. And all the while, the madding crowd is getting closer.

Paul Gravett says:
Kanan is spot on with his dialogue, recording the pauses, hesitancy and individuality of natural speech, allied with perceptive physical interaction and with telling facial expressions, albeit usually unmelodramatic and understated. Above all, The Birthday Riots proves Kanan’s ever growing mastery of every element of comics’ vocabulary.

Lost Girl
NBM, 1999

Lost Girl is the story of a young girl, close to womanhood, on vacation with her family, who is befriended by another girl. Freespirited, mysterious, even possibly dangerous, her new acquaintance is fascinating and her rebellious ways alluring, yet she remains frustratingly elusive.






Graphic Novels:
The Drowners (2006)
The Birthday Riots (2001)
Lost Girl (1999)
Exit: Under The Sun (1996)

The Drowners #1-4 (2003-2004)
Now & Then #1 (2004)
Exit #1-5, epilogue (1995-1997), Caliber Comics
Exit #1-8 (1992-1994), Taxi Comics

Short Stories:
Shock Of Recognition (2004) in The Comics Journal Special #4


Official Site:
Nabiel Kanan

Online Resources:
Paul Gravett’s Articles

Caliber Comics
Desperado Publishing


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