Before reading Art Spieglman's Maus I and II I decided that I should read Joe Sacco's Palestine.
Palestine has always been in my mind: Ever since a man and his family, Michelle Khasho Derderian, fled from Zionist tyranny in 1948, and arrived to Jordan.
I know that my hand and the hands of the artists, who will participate in this artistic endeavor is not in the fire like those who are under fir
Thanks to Jeph Loeb (writer) and Tim Sale (artist) my love for the caped crusader was re-ignited.
The Long Halloween is basically Batman vs. the Mafia, The Joker, Scarecrow and Catwoman in addition to other interesting characters.
It also introduces Harvey Two Face and gives Commissioner Gordon a far superior role like in the recent Christopher Nolan movies, however, this graphic novel is far be
As the title suggests this book is about the right to be hostile, the right to express your own thoughts and above all the right to be you ;-})
Aaron McGruder leaves no stone unturned in his scathing yet funny critique of the United States of America, Afro-Americans and everyone else.
His characters Huey and Riley Freeman verbally abuse and bat everyone into a pulp. If you need to know they are
The moment I mentioned this book during my presentation last night I directly looked at Laila Demashqieh, who from the start of this project, encouraged and inspired each and everyone one of us with her color filled attitude.
Her eyes glittered; we both love Marjane Satrapi.
It was one of the first graphic novels that we talked about during our first meetings at Cups and Kilos in Al Rabieh befor
I don't recommend this to anyone with existential issues as it is quite depressing.
I was barely able to finish it.
If you thought the movie starring Will Smith was bleak this is bleaker!
Based on the advise of Ramzi Jaber, from TEDxRamallah, who honored us with his presence last night to tell us more about his initiative and an inspiring website called, Palestine stories, we want to create sto
How do you summarize a graphic novel of this magnitude?
Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gobbons Watchmen is about deconstructing the caped and masked superhero genre turning them into humans with obvious and hidden fault-lines.
It also has a comic within a comic storyline. A very dense read that is worth the re-read once you are done and survived its slow pace.
Introduced a new
Graphic novels are not just about caped superheroes, sci-fi, horror and romance; they can be about anything.
Gareth Hinds decided to illustrate Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem about a hero and superman called Beowulf, who is out to save the court of King Hrothgar from an evil and man eating monster called Grendel.
The poem is quite amazing.
You've probably seen the animated version with Angelina J
The main story in Yoshihiro Tatsumi's The Push Man and Other Stories. About a man whose job is to push as many people he can into the subway. Still analyzing the moral behind it and will soon post it here ;-})
If you've seen the movie you'd say that V is a freedom fighter; if you read this graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. You'd realize that there is more to this masked vigilante than fighting a totalitarian government ... and its not all pleasant and noble.
Unlike the movie that centered around V and Evey Hammond there is more to this masterpiece than just two characters brought together by
Yoshihiro Tatsumi's The Push Man and Other Stories as the title indicates is a graphic novel in short stories format. The simple yet clear line style captures the bleak post World War II Tokyo.
In spite of his disturbing themes Tatsumi's stories are quite realistic and universal.
Long before The Matrix movies there was Ghost in The Shell. Shirow Masamune's cyber punk future graphic novel showcases a grim reality especially with the spread of techno terrorism and shady international affairs that quite prophetically reflect our present time after 9/11.
Amidst all the chaos Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg operative from Section 9, an anti-terrorism tech unit, soon finds herself as
Fumi Yoshinaga's Ooku: The Inner Chamber Volume 1 is a historical fantasy.
The same way the Japanese have a thing for technology and robots they have a soft spot for sexually themed comics.
Sexuality is an area still not touched upon, at least directly, in Arabian comics.
Compared to other Japanese comics, which are internationally known as Mangas, derived from the word Mangaka, which translate
Three writers and illustrators and one character Phillip Marlowe, the relentless and unrelenting gum shoe.
Film Noir at its best thanks to Raymond Chandler's detective stories and central character Marlowe that in a way started the Film Noir genre that was solidified by a string of movies starring Hamphrey Bogart.
It Rhymes with Lust is another example of Film Noir graphic novels. Quite fun to r
R. Crumb is not for the coy and lighthearted. One of America's most celebrated underground comic artists Crumb's work is very sexual, crude and at times shocking.
His impressive illustration style will often make you overlook his shocking narrative.
If you thought The Ring was scary and creepy think again! Hideshi Hino is the man of horror. The Red Snake, which is the first in this series of Japanese maim and mayhem, is probably the best read in terms of storytelling.
Hino twists his Post World War II Tokyo memories into yarns of gruesome death and horror.
Pure genius ...
Charles M. Schulz' masterpiece about student angst and school blues. This should be included in our educational system's curriculum!
Samandal is one of the most successful comic magazines in the Middle East. The artwork reflects its Avant-garde approach to visuals and storytelling.
The brain child of four amazing Lebanese artists: Lena Merhej, Hatem Imam, Omar Khoury and FDZ the dense magazine that comes in black and white is quite inspiring ...
It features the works of artists like Fouad Mezher, Ghadi Ghosn, Nidal Elkhairy,
Comics that have been often linked to children in spite of their often larger than life issues and topics discussed ...
Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts is the only reason why I grab a Jordan Times newspaper. Now I directly go to their website.
Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes are quite the dynamic duo. A boy and a tiger. Won't spoil the plot for you so try reading it to learn more about the amazing
Not exactly a graphic novel Happens to Me of All People! is an original approach to the collaborative process between a writer and an artist.
Mohammad Tomaleh, who passed away, may he rest in peace, is one of Jordan's renowned satirical writers.
Instead of illustrating his short essays Emad Hajjaj provided artwork that reflected the themes and spirit of Tomaleh's pieces.
Hassan Everywhere is a book about illustrated dreams and poems written by its late writer Hassan Hourani. Hourani's minimal illustrations and echoing words part of a jointed narrative are quite haunting and offer us a plethora of dreamscapes.
Sendak is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are.
Imagination at its best. Kneading dough into a plane. You have to read it.
Who doesn't know Abu Mahjoob! Emad Hajjaj over the years has managed to create a number of memorable characters. If you want to learn more about us and our habits and social norms this is the book to buy.
You don't have to know and read all the comic books and graphic novels in the world but you at least have to know Tin Tin or Lucky Luke.
Herge's The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) are among the most enduring and renowned comic series in the world. It is about a young journalist, his faithful dog, an alcoholic captain friend and absent minded professor.
Together the three or four
A children's book by Maurice Bernard Sendak, an American writer and illustrator.
Amazing visuals that sort of reflect everyone's childhood especially the uber-imaginative.
3antara Magazine, was another magazine produced by a Lebanese publishing house, Besat El Ree7, the Magic Carpet. Only this time its content was original and according to the magazine one line editorial, "drawn by university graduates."
3antara is the name of Antarah ibn Shaddad, was a poet and a warrior, who rose to prominence even though he was the son of an Ethiopian slave impregnated by a powe
This 1987 volume was more like a comprehensive children's magazine published in Egypt.
Original Mickey Mouse and Donald stories were translated into Arabic with a dose of Egyptian humor.
The Egyptian publishing houses also published Mickey Jeep (a pocket sized Mickey mouse magazine with other Disney Characters) and Mickey's Magazine. They were highly entertaining especially if you were into Duck
I wanted to share with the attendees some of the books that shaped my imagination like this volume of Mickey and Batoot, which is Arabic for Donald.
When I asked those who read these books to raise their hands everyone present did.
Almost all of us read the same stories and comic books ... yet we all found our different inner voices and styles as writers, illustrators and visual artists.
In the Middle East The Smurfs are known as Sanafar, whoever coined the name when the series was being dubbed in Lebanon is a genius.
The Smurfs are the creation of Belgian Cartoonist Peyo, whose real name is Pierre Culliford.
This is one of two albums that were popular back in the 1980s. The majority of comic books, like this book, were translated to Arabic by Lebanese Publishing Houses.
Of course no one drew Palestine the way Naji Al Ali did. The man's work is like a fragmented eternal love poem of pain, death, angst, pride and dedication to his tormented mistress Palestine.
I was at Books@Cafe buying comics when the young lady at the cashbox with a shy note suggested that I buy a book by Mostafa Nimer Da3mas and Mahmoud Al Aza about Naji Al Ali and Hanthala entitled, Hanthala: The Immortal Eye Witness. I did!
For someone who loved Naji Al Ali's drawings but did not know much about him I found the book very useful.
This is a quote by Al Ali and that I believe summar