Have you started work on your breakthrough graphic novel yet?

No? Well, my goodness, it’s already Day 3 of “Graphic Novel Writing Month,” and Comic Mix says that a lack of time is no excuse. (For myself, I’ll plead a lack of talent. My seven-year-old’s drawings are markedly better than mine.)

But you! You need to get moving. And if you write in Arabic, your task is that much more urgent. Arabic-language readers are looking for graphic novels, especially after Magdy Al-Shafee’s Metro (perhaps the first Egyptian graphic novel for adults) was pulled from shelves. Publishers, too, are looking for the Great Arabic Graphic Novel, so it’s time to get your pen and start sketching.

After all, you’ll want to have your manuscript ready for the Abu Dhabi regional Comic-Con next March.

If you need writing resources, Comic Mix has them. If you need inspiration, read “The Past and Future of Arabic Comics” or head over to Samandal.Com.

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Meanwhile, I got this in email:

Mr. Josh Neufeld, author of bestselling book A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, [will talk] about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina [in] Cairo this week.  He will deliver a presentation and have a discussion with Egyptian alternative cartoonists, graphic novelists and the general public at Townhouse Gallery on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. The discussion will be accompanied by simultaneous translation.