Press Release: Urban-FairyTales Presents Xeric-Winning Graphic Novel!

Some seven months after the announcement of the final Xeric Grant winners, is proud to present creator Dino Pai’s grant-winning debut graphic novel Dear Beloved Stranger.

“Dino Pai’s sweet and surprising debut works at a number of levels: it is a fairy tale, an ode to lost love, and a young artist’s search for his place in the world. What I find most refreshing and compelling about this debut is the way Dino uses shifting drawing styles and modes of storytelling to a convey the emotional and philosophical turmoil of his young protagonist.” — Matt Madden, author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Styleand co-author of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics

About Dino Pai – Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design in New York in 2007, Dino is currently working as a children’s art teacher in his hometown Vancouver. His latest comic works can be found right here on

Feel free to download the preview for Dear Beloved Stranger here.