Dossier: Arab Comics

Cover of "I Remember Beirut" by Zeina Abirached, published by Graphic Universe

Lebanese comic artist Zeina Abirached

Seeing war through the eyes of a child

The Lebanese artist Zeina Abirached grew up during the country’s 15-year civil war. In her comic books, she describes how her family experienced the horror of this brutal conflict. Juliane Metzker talked to herMore

Superheroine Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Adrian Alphona/Marvell/Auschnitt)

Marvel comics

New Muslim superheroine

A pubescent Muslim immigrant girl in the USA endowed with super powers? Only in the wonderful world of comics! Great things are expected of the small girl from New Jersey with the large "S" on her chest. By Rachel BaigMore

Maya Zankoul (photo: CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Lebanese Graphic Designer Maya Zankoul

Illustrations against Ignorance and Oblivion

The young Lebanese graphic designer Maya Zankoul projects a differentiated picture of her home country in her humorous cartoons – rejecting media stereotypes of bombs, war and terror. An interview by Juliane MetzkerMore

Drawing of Handala, the most famous creation by Palestinian comic-strip artist Naji al-Ali (photo: Wikipedia)

Arab Comics

From Micky Mouse to Handala

While Mickey Mouse is shrill and colourful, Handala's stories are told in black and white. The Arab comic is an artistic and multifaceted form of expression. As well as being popular with children, it is also educational and it serves as vehicle for political criticism. Report by Anna GabaiMore

Cover of the Egyptian comic magazine El Doshma (copyright: Ahmed Omar)

Profile of the Egyptian Comic Illustrator Ahmed Omar

''The View from the Other Side''

Comic illustrator Ahmed Omar is primarily known for his cartoons in "El-Doshma". His comics address the issues of corruption, injustice – and the search for a better life. Matthias Sailer introduces the artistMore

Extract from Magdy El-Shafee's graphic novel 'Metro' (© Edition Moderne)

Comics Artists in the Arab World

Swimming against the Tide

Many of the Arab comics and graphic novels produced before and during the Arab Spring are both critical of society and politically provocative. Despite the uprisings in the region, difficult working conditions and the strict constraints of media censorship still pose a big problem for the rebellious artists. A report by Charlotte BankMore