"[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.
In a few weeks, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture---formerly based in Amman, now in Beirut---promises to launch its first open call for proposals for its Arab Graphic Novel Program.
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."