Merik Tadros, who played Ali in To Rest in Peace, has his graphic novel featured at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, March 18th to 20th.
River Jordan is inspired by a true story, set in Chicago, USA, and Amman, Jordan. Rami, a nine year old boy, struggles to overcome his father's tragic murder. He is guided by Nabil, an old family friend who turned blind from grief, before finishing a painting of the River Jordan. Nabil asks Rami to finish the painting, teaching him lessons from his family past that allow the boy to overcome his loss.
Merik weaves the layers of narrative beautifully. The plot, the characters, the visuals and the theme all integrate, giving River Jordan as much metaphor as it has drama. It's one of the best stories I've read, and I can't wait to see it as a film.
Good luck, Merik!