Category Archives: graphic novels

First-ever Middle East ComicCon: Another Way to Get Your Kids Reading

Which brings us to the first-ever Middle East ComicCon, which will be held on April 29 and 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Some of the comics there will no doubt be inappropriate for my seven-year-old. But then again, so are some books. Continue reading

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Coming Soon: More and a Greater Variety of Arabic Comics!

Educators worldwide are coming around to the idea that comic books are a wonderful gateway to reading. Some even believe—as I do—that the best graphic novels are a literary end in themselves. Continue reading

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UAE MP on How and Why We Need ‘To Make Arabic Cool’

Reality is we have failed the Arabic language, thru decades of rote education, and lack of innovation in science, arts and industries. Continue reading

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If You’re in Cairo and 10+, Learn to Draw Comics

It doesn’t really explain how you register, but this came from Diwan, so perhaps give them a call and ask.

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Qais Sedki and Dr. Naif Al Mutawa: Creating Fun (Yes, Fun!) Arab- and Muslim-oriented Comic Stories for Kids

Last night’s five-person “Comics” panel at the Sharjah Book Fair highlighted quite starkly that not all comics are for kids. Continue reading

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New Wheelchair-bound, Muslim Superhero Will Arrive First in Syria

A month ago, U.S. philanthropist and businessman Jay Snyder flew 12 disabled Americans to Damascus to meet a group of disabled young Syrians, according to The Associated Press. One of their main goals was to come up with ideas and story lines for a new superhero. Continue reading

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Sedki: Using Manga to Promote Homegrown Stories in Classical Arabic

Qais Sedki, author of the award-winning سوار الذهب , was profiled yesterday by CNN, and he had wonderful things to say about children’s literature, his process, television, and classical Arabic. The article writer perhaps didn’t do sufficient research, calling “the … Continue reading

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