Joseph & Yusra

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Love, Friendship, Religion and supernatural powers?

After Yusra lost her parents in a military conflict in the Middle East, she was sent to America to live with her aunt. It was there that she found Joseph, a Jewish boy. They discovered that they were able to talk through telepathy and through that they were able to stay close friends.. However, there is something more to them than just telepathy..or their friendship.

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11 Dec 2011 09:24 pm

Sakura02

Posting again

So I've decided to keep posting Joseph and Yusra, except it will only be a new page everyday from where I left off. If you want to read the latest pages I invite you to visit

http://sakura02.net/Comics_Games.php

Thanks for reading :D

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20 Jul 2011 03:58 pm

Sakura02

We've moved



I'm leaving up all the pages I uploaded here, however new pages will be hosted on my own website. Be sure to look out for updates there

http://sakura02.net/JosephYusra/Joseph_Yusra_Web/Joseph_Yusra.html

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11 Aug 2010 05:10 am

Sakura02

Welcome ^.^



Hi and Welcome to the Joseph and Yusra's comic site.
Here you can read their story for free ^.^

Click 'First Comic' To begin reading

+ N E W Z +

So I did it :D I completed the first volume. It is 200+ pages long ^.^
The book is also available for sale with extra pages and edited dialogue


If you are interested in purchasing a hard copy,

Click here --> http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/joseph-yusra/11776369

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22 Mar 2010 05:55 pm

Sakura02

Going on Hiatus for 2-3 months

Um yeah.. so I kinda fell behind on the updating in part because I'm college studying game design and like one of my classes required me to do like multiple animations in a short period of time which killed me X__x; and to make matters worst my tablet is being dumb and is not working correctly..So until I can get it fixed I can't work on it. However, anticipate an update in May and that would be the last 50 pages of the story. Sorry guys ^_^

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28 Dec 2009 03:26 am

Sakura02

December Update



This month's Chapter was short, ;A; I am sorry. I wanted to do a longer update but i thought that i was going to do a Holiday special, but no time. The Holidays were more chaotic than I anticipated. I'll be going back to college next month I am hoping it doesn't hinder me too much from updating as usual. Thank you for reading and visiting

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24 Nov 2009 04:43 am

Sakura02

New update + Fanart Contest! $50 1st prize

To continue reading -->http://josephxyusra.smackjeeves.com/comics/727984/jos-yus-pg85/




Hey guys! Novembers update is up and I drew a record 26 pages.. *_*
Yeah may not sound like much but I spend at least 4-6 hours on each page, from sketch to final... by myself. OTL Last update was like 21 or something. Anyways I hope you enjoy this month's issue. ^_^ Thank you so much guys for all the comments again.

CONTEST 1st Prize $50


I has a contest up on DA and you are welcome join. It's just a general fanart contest of Joseph and Yusra.
Sadly I only have one prize up XD which is $50 for 1st place.
If you are interested check it out here. If you don't have a DA account
feel free to email your submission to amyblaize@hotmail.com

CONTEST DETAILS HERE

----> http://sakura02.deviantart.com/journal/

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11 Nov 2009 10:48 pm

Sakura02

Questions about Joseph and Yusra

Hihi
Because of the nature of this story I get a lot of questions about it. The comic is still in its early stages so there are some things I have to explain late. However here are some questions I’ve received about the story so far. I’m neither Muslim nor Jewish so questions are good because it helps me cross-check how I depict the characters.

If you have any questions about the story or me just ask


Isn’t Yusra too young to wear a hijab?

In the beginning when Yusra was 4/5 she was wearing a hijab. She looked up to her mother a lot and wore it because her mom wore one. She didn’t even comprehend why she was wearing it. She was just one of those kids who was like.. ‘well.. mom does this and I wanna be like her’


Why did her aunt say only married women wear hijabs? Isn’t it suppose be once a girl goes through puberty?

Ok this was interesting to explain. Crazy lazy asked this one. Muna had to explain it to Yusra like that or else she would be seen as a Muslim hyprocrite. Muna’s a liberal Muslim and doesn’t wear head scarfs, and doesn’t believe she needs to wear one until she’s married. I’ve done research on the hijab and when you wear one is a cultural thing and totally up to the individual. Muna in a way was addressing the previous question, Yusra didn’t need to wear a head scarf at a young age but she did anyway because it reminded her of her mom.

On Page 14 What does the Arabic writing say in the first panel?

The Arabic writing means ‘My friend’

Do Joseph and Yusra fall in love??

LOLZ NOT TELLING XD I’m on the fence with that one. All I can say is Joseph Yusra respect each other and wouldn’t want to go outside of their beliefs, for their own feelings. Especially Joseph he respects Yusra too much.

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What is your religion?

Christian, by baptism but I’m not very religious. I read Tarot cards (which are pagan) and believe in spiritual energies and how things relate to the Universe in general. However, I quite personally don’t like to pin myself to one religion because I think every religion has something important to it. It’s just the little details and variety of laws that screw everyone over O_o; ‘Love thy neighbor as you love yourself’ Simple rule everyone should follow, that’s what I believe.

Are Joey and Yursa based off of any real life inspiration?

Hmm they must be. I mean these two just came out of nowhere from my subconscious. I seem to be fascinated by the idea of a forbidden love or two people who aren’t suppose to be friends.. well being friends O_o;. It’s not just about religious differences it could be race, social status, politics and whatever other issue divides us. Let's all get together and be happy ^.^

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What’s up with Yusra’s special power, I thought the story was going to be about real life?

Lolz XD another story spoiler that I can’t explain yet. I tossed that in there because of the controversy between Yusra and Joseph. Although the story deals with real life issues it also has a fantasy side to it. That way, it wouldn’t be taken too seriously. I feel the need to emphasize the idea that this story is a fiction so any hardcore religious conservatives won’t take my head off for putting a Muslim girl and Jewish boy together. Also the telepathy between Joseph and Yusra is what made their bond, practically unbreakable. Also her ability is a metaphor for something, but I can't explain it now because I haven't explained her power yet.

Hey you! Why’d you cop out! I wanted to see them growing up!?

Yes I did cop out ;A; during the time jump. I admit. Since I’m putting pressure on my deadlines I end up cutting out some things. Also, I’m trying not to make the story drag on too long or else I might drop it like the rest of my project. Hopefully when I publish the first book I’ll add in some extra pages. ^_^;; I may do a sequence of them growing up on a double page.


Those two are so funny XD *sigh* but the stigma of those two connecting*shakes head*

Yeah that’s the controversy of the story O_o; but then it wouldn’t be as compelling if not. As I said it’s their telepathy that has kept them together, otherwise they may have 'broken up' by now. They know they’re taking a big risk being friends, and run the risk of falling in love. However, as I said. I don’t know what’s going to happen muwahaha. I’ve had a couple of people tell me ‘TO HOOK THEM UP’ and some say ‘DO NOT WANT!’ xd still deciding.

Joseph’s life seems kind of orthodox? What kind of Jew is he?

Joseph is some odd mix between Reform and Conservative.

Why is Yusra playing a guitar? Isn’t music a haram in Islam?

I was on the fence with that one too. I always wanted her to play music and sing because Yusra’s kind of a loner and it seemed to suit her. I also personally love the guitar *w* Then I learned about the haram thing and I was. Oh serious.. shit -__-;; so changed my mind on that. But then I was doing some research and I came across this young Muslim girl on Youtube playing a song on her guitar. She aspired to be a musician, 17years old… Sadly she was a victim of an honor killing last year (That happened here in the US not even in a Muslim country) I don’t know if it was because of the music or not, but it was the same typical honor killing story, becoming too westernized bullshit. So I got inspired again and decided to have Yusra play guitar in memory of that girl. ;___; Depending on how conservative you are. I'll leave that up to debate.

What is up with Mary the nun!?
Lolz that's a spoiler that needs explaining later. But all I can say she has some mental issues, with a lot of secrets.



Someone commented on one of my past News post asking 'Hey what about the author!' Lolz XD If you're reall interested I'll talk aboutmyself later.

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07 Nov 2009 04:41 pm

Sakura02

Thank you to all my readers



Hi there. Thanks to all the generous comments and support I was getting, I decided to pay for some ads '0'. It's still pretty early in the story, but this month's update I'll be reaching 100pages. Yet still I haven't even scratched the surface. I'm still new to Smackjeeeves so I was very confused when I couldn't reply to my comments O_O; Anyways once I figure things I'll add more pages with character art etc. If you have questions about the characters or story feel free to ask, I'm going to make a few special pages where I answer your questions.


http://sakura02.deviantart.com

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