"Dalimen Editions really want to widen comic books’ readership. We want to strip away this image of comix as books for children. We have albums aimed at young readers, of course, but we have others for adults because comic books speak to everyone and are accessible to all."
In addition to being "mad," she was also very clever, and could compose rhyming poetry off the top of her head. She was also a tragic figure in that her mental illness set in after the death of many members of her family during the war, and she was forced to raise her four children on her own.
Throughout the workshop, she emphasized that the language one writes in matters, because it makes an immediate claim about audience: “It’s not that I was bothered by translation so much as that it’s stuff that’s not meant for you . . . I didn’t want to be giving [Egyptians] secondhand content.”
For a time, she said, she stopped doing the web comic because there was no way to be honest and keep it open.
The workshop will also mark the launch of small-press publishing house Maamoul Press, born out of Bigmouth Press & Comix.
"I was also very impressed by the poems of Antarah ibn Shaddad chosen for the events of the story; some of my favourite verses were in there."
In the last ten days, there have been two big talks about comics and cartoonists, one by Libyan poet-translator-media mogul-doctor-blogger Ghazi Gheblawi, in London, and the other by author-artist-scholar-blogger Jonathan Guyer at Harvard.
Dina Mohamed -- who previously won "Best Digital Comic" at the inaugural CairoComix for her superhero-focused Qahera -- took the Grand Prize at this year's CairoComix Festival for her Shubeik Lubeik, or, roughly, Abracadabra: Egyptian illustrator and designer Dina Mohamed wrote on her website, deenadraws.art: سعيدة وممنونة إن"شبيك لبيك" فازت بجائزة أفضل رواية مصورة مطبوعة و الجائزة الكبرى … Continue reading A Peek at Dina Mohamed’s ‘Shubeik Lubeik,’ Grand-prize Winner at CairoComix3
It will feature seven main events, fourteen core artists, and many opportunities to work, learn, and buy new comics.
And on the heels of CairoComix in October of this year, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq is set to have its first-ever comics festival.
"Alkhairalla was there to talk about "using comics as a platform for independent story-telling."
A glimpse of five recent narrative projects that you can read online.