"[T]his collection includes an awesome range of work - from autobiographical to political to surreal to silly, as well as a wonderful introduction by one of the contributing artists contextualizing the work."
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.
Or, if you prefer, "graphic novels": The new publication in question---which sold out its initial print run in two hours---is definitely for grown-ups. The magazine, called TokTok, is apparently stamped with the advice: "Keep out of reach of children."
It's not unusual that an adult would have a box of old comic books stashed somewhere. But avid Lebanese collector Henry Matthews---who apparently has collected tens of thousands of individual … Continue reading The Past and Future of Arabic Comics
After dropping in on a recent YA-writing workshop in Cairo, translator/commentator Chip Rosetti published the first of a two-part series for the online magazine Publishing Perspectives about Arabic graphic novels.