Celebrated Franco-Arabo-Anglophone comix artist and musician Mazen Kerbaj announced, via his email newsletter, that he’s working on a new graphic novel to be serialized “on a weekly basis” starting next month:
Kerbaj shared a few panels from his new project and a few ideas about what it will contain (with his characteristically un-capitalized personal pronoun):
After almost two years of research and hesitations, i finally started working on my new graphic novel. Yes i hate this word also, and i prefer comics; but i use it to insist on the fact that it will a long story with a proper scenario and characters, on the contrary of my previous works.
I estimate that it will take two years to complete, but knowing myself, it might easily take the double. But the good news is that it will be serialised on a weekly basis in a Lebanese newspaper beginning next month.
The subject? Beirut, Antoine Kerbage, Mohammad el Maghout, theatre, the 70’s, an unpublished manuscript, the arabs, the golden age of Lebanese artistic scene, all mixed with some autobiography (because otherwise it wont be fun).
You can currently order two of Kerbaj’s English-language comix — Headache Comics VOL I: My Cloud and Headache Comics VOL II: Letter to the Mother and other stories — by sending him an email. He takes payment via PayPal or “good old cash in an envelope.”
You can read a number of Kerbaj’s comix on Words Without Borders.
Also, if you’re a graphic-novelling arts fan (er, who isn’t) and you haven’t seen Ganzeer’s Solar Grid yet: thesolargrid.net. Also, Donia Maher’s The Apartment in Bab el-Louk, illustrated by Ganzeer and Ahmed Nady, is forthcoming this fall in English translation by Elisabeth Jaquette.