A good deal has been written, and rightly so, about the role protest poetry has played in this "Arab spring." Less has been said about political poetry's younger cousin: the political cartoon.
The Arabic graphic novel has had a somewhat rocky start. Dogged by financial issues, censorship, and a suspicion that it is not really for grown-ups, the genre is just now finding its legs.
The Guardian reported yesterday that "Banned books return to shelves in Egypt and Tunisia," and, for at least a few books, this seems to be the case.
And I also just heard from one of the organizers of the first-ever Arabic ComicCon, set to be held in Abu Dhabi. He said there should be an announcement with show dates and specifics within the week.
Arabic-Italian Translator Barbara Benini informs me that Magdy al-Shafee's graphic novel Metro will be out in Italian at the end of the month. This, after a long road of bannings and fines for al-Shafee.
The online journal Words Without Borders has put together another interesting edition of their "Words Without Borders Recommends" missive, their "quarterly tip sheet about WWB writers who we believe can be successfully published in an English-language market. " Recommended authors include Etienne van Heerden, Yehoshua Bar-Yosef and...Magdy al-Shafee, author of the somewhat ill-fated Metro. (If … Continue reading Publishers: Words Without Borders Suggests You Pick Up English Rights to /Metro/
Apparently, today ArabLit is all about censorship and graphic novels. First, I get intrigued by Henry Matthews' comic-preservation project, next by Khaled Abul-Naga's promise to support a filming of BuSSy "with the censored parts left in," and now Chip Rossetti has posted part two to his series on Arabic graphic novels on Publishing Perspectives: with … Continue reading El Shafee to Try Again Publishing ‘Metro’
Thanks to translator Barbara Benini for this tip. (Benini is the Italian translator of Ahmed Nagi's Rogers.) Metro, a graphic novel penned by blogger/artist Magdy al-Shafee, is not available here in Cairo after having been yanked from shelves in 2009. The Qasr el Nil Court of Misdemeanors upheld the book's ban in November of last … Continue reading Magdy El-Shafee’s /Metro/ Not Available in Arabic, or English, But You Will Find It in…Italian