"It was about time the world saw Egypt not through a Western lens, but through an authentically Egyptian one."
Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
Revolution in Cairo: The Apartment in Bab el-Louk graphic novel
A noir poem set in downtown Cairo, The Apartment in Bab el-Louk is a vignette of observations and thoughts of a recluse who peeps through their window at men yelling in the street or scurries through their neighborhood when needed.
The Sandman – “a sonic experience”
Damn. This was fantastic.
The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir
A wonderful read! I felt like I was listening to my baba's stories from his childhood in Syria...
Middle Eastern Graphic Novels
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.
Banned in Egypt for “offending public morals – Magdy El Shafee’s Metro
"We’re all living in one big cage...The cage is open, but nobody leaves…We all have to leave the cage together."
31 Days of Spooky Reads: ANOtHER – Graphic Novel
A spooky graphic novel with minimalist illustrations that are symbolic of depression.
31 Days of Spooky Reads: Through the Woods
If there was a musical equivalent, it would be a hint of Myrkur's haunting vocals coupled with the feel of the moors in Wuthering Heights.
31 Days of Spooky Reads: When I Arrived at the Castle
Emily Carroll again delivers a disturbing and gory narrative, complete with illustrations that drink from a well of the macabre.
31 Days of Spooky Reads: Graphic Novel Review Locke and Key #1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Sufficiently creepy, Welcome to Lovecraft was an alluring welcome to the series. I ordered the second volume before I finished reading the first.