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.
Lebanese musician, graphic novelist, and painter Mazen Kerbaj has announced the release of his long-awaited new book.
Jonathan Guyer (@mideastXmidwest) has recently launched Oum Cartoon / أم كرتون — oumcartoon.tumblr.com — a blog about Arabic cartoons. ArabLit asked him a few questions about the site.
Blogger, editor, cartoonist and Fulbright fellow Jonathan Guyer(@mideastXmidwest) will be talking cartoons at Helwan University on May 14.
On May 11, if you’re one of the 28 million who live — collectively — in Cairo or New York City, then get yourself to one of these events celebrating and exploring the Egyptian graphic novel.
According to multiple sources, Magdy El Shafee was one of 39 arrested yesterday at Abdel Moneim Riyadh Square: Youm7 reported that El Shafee — godfather of the Egyptian graphic novel, who faced trials and other hurdles for his ground-breaking Metro –… Read More ›
For the last year, Sherif Adel has been sharing his comics, and sometimes those of some of his friends, at برباطوظ (barbatoze.tumblr.com). He shares his thoughts on blogging his work and the Egyptian graphic-novelling scene. ArabLit: You said in an… Read More ›
Five years after its initial publication, Magdy al-Shafee’s graphic novel Metro is once again available in Arabic in Egypt: By Elisabeth Jaquette Metro is Egypt’s first graphic novel and a vivid portrait of poverty and corruption under Mubarak’s rule. When… Read More ›
Reuters and Al Ahram Hebdo both report that the great Syrian satirical cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, plans to re-launch al-Domari, or The Lamplighter, in Cairo.
I hope I don’t harp on this too much, but (grown-up) comics are just…so…cool. The piece below ran in the Egypt Independent print edition, and is now online, with two elaborations from TokTok’s Mohammed Shennawy and Rolling Bulb’s Mohamed Fahmy (Ganzeer): Shennawy’s additional advice… Read More ›