This spring, Just World Books will launch what it’s calling the “first book-length graphic work written/drawn in English by a Palestinian.”
Friday’s list of graphic novels was limited to those written in Arabic, as it was for a course taught in Arabic. But let’s be honest, some of your favorite graphic novels were written by Arabs in French.
In September 2014, the American University in Beirut (AUB) began a new academic program focused entirely on the study, archiving, and promotion of Arab comic art. Now they have an online library guide to take you through the collection.
One of my favorite readers wrote in to say that he’s planning a course focused around Arabic graphic novels. Please add your recommendations; my list is very Egypt-centric.
“The Arab of the Future,” which has sold more than 120,000 copies in French, will be Riad Sattouf’s first work to appear in English.
Today marks the launch of Sherif Adel’s “Foot 3aleyna Bokra” (“Pass By Tomorrow”), an all-new satirical SF comic that will be published on the first Wednesday of the month.
American University in Beirut Launches Sawwaf Comics Initiative; Egyptian Comix Week Starts Tomorrow
Comics — and graphic novels — continue to blossom in Arabic-writing hotspots, including Algiers, Beirut, and Cairo.
Ganzeer (the Egyptian artist Mohamed Fahmy) has been threatening to get to work on a big graphic novel for some time. Now it seems that he has.
This month, Words Without Borders launched its International Graphic Novels: Volume VIIII, which features an excerpt from Donia Maher, Ganzeer, and Ahmad Nady’s “The Apartment in Bab El Louk,” trans. brilliantly by Elisabeth Jaquette. The collaborative project is a gorgeous look at life in Bab El-Louk. Ganzeer answered a few questions about how it came about, and what he plans to do next.
Neila Columbo recently listened to and met with _Z_, the Tunisian political cartoonist who blogs at http://www.debatunisie.com/.
ArabLit contributor Nadia Ghanem writes that “The sixth edition of the International Comic Strip Festival in Algiers (FIBDA) delivered just what I was looking for: Algerian Love.”
Algiers has long been a cartooning hotspot, and the International Comics Book Festival of Algeria (FIBDA) is an important annual event. But although Algiers has welcomed and celebrated both Arabophone and Francophone comic artists — Lebanese graphic novelist Jorj Abu Mhayya and Egyptian magazine TokTok both won awards at last year’s fair — the Algerian scene has its own flavor. Lately, apparently, manga has been on the rise.