Graphic novels are an intriguing way to showcase flavor, culture, history, and humanity. They're typically more digestible in one sitting than novels, and can have alluring artwork that features not just an artist's style, but the culture they represent. Here are some graphic novels that feature Arab culture and created by Arab-x authors and/or illustrators.
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Forget Al Jazeera and WATAN, indie Arab journalism and news sites exist. Best part: they're honest and human. Here are some sites I've come across and some I follow.
But here, a glimpse of five recent narrative projects:
1) Lena Merhej’s 2012 Machine / ماكينة, enigmatically subtitled”a story about drama,” is a wordless exploration of war, refugee life, protest, and violence seen through and by women’s bodies.
Merhej is one of the founders of Samandal magazine, and her evocative art was one of the reasons the magazine was convicted of crimes against religion. Her graphic novel I Think We Will Be Calmer in the Next War was one of the best-selling books in Lebanon in 2007, and her autobiographical Murabba we Laban, (Jam and Yogurt) was released in 2010. You can find more of her work at Grand Papier and new work at Solidarités International, where Merhej and others are…
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I cried reading this. There was a poignancy to the story I wasn't expecting, and a sisterhood of friends that I loved and envied.
Here's a list of some of my more recent Arab-x author reads, some of which will become future 2021 YMERC titles.
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Amy learns to take care not only of her family, but of herself, as a woman, as a person, and independent of her role as a mother and wife.
What I loved were the two timelines that seem so far apart from each other but in fact, aren't. I wanted to spend more time in 2051, with the Big Brother threads, but spending time in 2016 was also a great read, especially as 2016 isn't too long ago.
There's something about a visceral book cover with human body parts. It doesn't have to be gore: it could be a beautiful rendition of what makes us human - underneath the skin.
500,000 killed. 1.6 million internally displaced. Millions starving, cold, poverty- and war-stricken. The Syrian-American Council and Americans for a Free Syria are pushing for the end to the war. I don't know how the US can provide stability to the region, or if US intervention will lead to another Iraqi situation, where there is barely … Continue reading Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Syrian war