“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 Beirut, Antoine Kerbage, Mohammad el Maghout, theatre, the 70’s, an unpublished manuscript, the arabs, the golden age of Lebanese artistic scene, all mixed with some autobiography (because otherwise it wont be fun).”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 need to check out the photos for yourself; in a few years ‘8 Minutes’ won’t seem that fictional.”
“It’s an odd thing, this book.”
“Each fellow will work with us in our newsroom on one of our investigation to transfer it into a graphic novel. After the end of the fellowship we will publish the novel as a book as part of our publishing activities – and we will publish it on our website, so that everybody can have access to the work.”
AFP calls the novel “[b]y turns harrowing, heart-breaking and funny[.]”
” It follows the story of two children, Mehret and Kameen, who scavange the wastelands of Earth for valuables from the civilizations that came before. “
“…in terms of political cartoons and caricature, I think what’s happening in Egypt is much more dynamic and compelling than the cartoons published in the Western press— but that’s another story.”
Winners of Mahmoud Kahil Awards for Arab Comic Artists and Illustrators Include TokTok, ‘Apartment at Bab El Louk’
“Egyptians Ahmad Nady, Ganzeer, and Donia Maher took the Graphic Novel Prize for The Apartment in Bab El Louk.”
On the heels of the first annual CairoComix festival, the American University of Beirut will host its first annual Symposium on Arabic Comics on Nov. 16, also celebrating the winners of the new Mahmoud Kahil Award.
“For five years, editors of the Beirut-based magazine kept fairly quiet about their legal troubles.”
“We are planning to create a collection of comics translated from Arabic into French, publishing at least two every year. “
The debut CairoComix Festival has entered its second day, and while some reports have its organization a little rough around the edges, it’s been packed with enthusiasts. Its first set of awards surprised comix-watchers by going to a majority of women artists.