THE NEW ARAB COMIC – HIGH-CALIBRE ART AND HIGHLY POLITICAL

Friday, 13 October, 12.00 – 1.00 pm
 
Panel discussion (German / English)

Arab comics in the past ten years have reflected a free spirit as well as the readiness of the authors and artists to sign up to the mainstream currents of the contemporary comic – which until now did not include the “Arab comic” at all. The new generation of comic illustrators in the Arab countries is confronted with a strong social and political censorship – yet at the same time there’s a shortage of specialist publishers and marketing structures. As a result, many of them publish on their own initiative or as an authors’ collective, for example in fanzines and comic magazines.
 
Participants:
Thomas Gabison (France), co-founder and co-director of the French comic publisher Actes Sud BD
Reinhard Kleist (Germany), graphic designer and comic illustrator
Lena Merhej (Lebanon), German-Lebanese graphic designer, comic, cartoon and video artist
Mohammed Shennawy (Egypt / Belgium), comic illustrator and initiator of Egyptian comic magazine Tok Tok, director of the comic festival Cairo Comix

Chaired by: Amira El Ahl (Germany), journalist and presenter
 
Cooperation: Goethe-Institut Egypt, Institut Français d’Egypte, Franco-German Cultural Fund

Location: Weltempfang Stage, Hall 3.1, Stand L25