World on Fire

Arina Kole


Looking back at this Comix now, almost a year and four months after the invasion first started, two things come to mind. First, humans are incredibly resilient and adaptable creatures. Second, detachment is a powerful privilege.  It was a challenging piece to make, both in terms of form and context. At the same time, it was one of those pieces that stumbles out of you under pressure or as the means to process the circumstances, wildly out of your control, that you suddenly found yourself in. The dichotomy so deeply embedded in the making finds resemblance in my feelings, too, as I feel both hopeful and delusional, still believing in the importance of this piece reaching a wider audience as an attempt to deconstruct the narrative assigned to a nation in its entirety and offer a touch of humanity.

Arina Kole

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Guest Contributor for Panorama.

Arina Kole is a writer, educator, and film professional. She’s the founder and former host of Literally Literary Radio Show. A recent recipient of the Denis Diderot Award, she is scheduled to attend The Chateau d’Orquevaux Artists & Writers residency next spring, where she’ll focus on developing her novel that centers a female friendship in the context of the modern social and political landscape. Russian-born, world-raised traveler Arina is currently based in San Francisco. To connect, discover more of her current work, or join Joy Cult, visit

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