The Arab comics explosion

Published On December 8, 2011 | By Joe Gordon | Comics

The Arabic Literature blog carries a report from publisher, educator and graphic novelist Anna Mudd; Anna was at the 30th Sharjah International Book Fair, where she collaborated with a group of Arab graphic novelists. From her report:

A priority for our time at the event was the chance for myself and the center director to meet many of the artists who will be contributing to Muktatafaht, the forthcoming anthology of independent comics from the Middle East Region. (Muktatafaht will be released and distributed throughout the U.S. during Free Comic Book Day run by Diamond Comic Distributors in May of 2012.)”

(Liberation themed cover to World War 3 Illustrated #42; sorry, the official site has left the cover artist’s name blank so I can’t credit it properly, if anyone knows, give us a shout)

UPDATE: Ethan who helped edit the issue left us a comment to tell us the cover art was by Magdy El Shafee, making his English language comics debut

Anna also discusses meeting many of the creators who are collaborting on this project, as well as talking about the flowering of comics and zine work going on across the Arabic world, from the Cairo based Tok Tok to Arabic artists being featured in the long running World War 3 Illustrated as part of a special themed “liberation from the Mid-East to the Mid-West” issue and the Lebanese La Furie Des Glandeurs comics project. It’s fascinating to learn a bit more about a part of the wider comics world many of us (myself included) probably aren’t too aware of, go and have a look. (thanks to the wonderful Cheryl Morgan for the link)

(Star Reachers by and (c) Ghadi Ghosn from the Lebanese comics showcase site La Furie des Glandeurs)

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3 Responses to The Arab comics explosion

  1. Ethan says:

    Hey Joe-
    I’m one of the editors of the WW3I issue– the cover is by Magdy El Shafee, an Egyptian cartoonist. We also have his English-language print debut in the issue, along with similar debuts (we believe) with content by Mazen Kerbaj, Ahmad Nady, Tayseer Barakat, and Kashmiri cartoonist Malik Sajad.

  2. Ethan says:

    Hey Joe-
    I helped edit that issue of WW3I, the cover is by Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee, who also sees his English-language print debut in the issue, alongside fellow Arabs Mazen Kerbaj, Ahmad Nady, Tayseer Barakat and Kashmiri cartoonist Malik Sajad.

  3. Joe says:

    Ethan, thanks for the info, have updated the post to credit him properly for the art