Middle East Graphic Novelists Push Boundaries

In Growth Markets by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti • Last week, we looked the market for comic books and graphic novels in the Middle East is small, but growing. • In this, the second part of our two-part series, we examine how graphic novelists in the Middle East are pushing the boundaries of publishing by tackling controversial topics in their work, but also paying a price …

Are Graphic Novels and Comics More Dangerous than Prose Novels?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how graphic novelists are pushing boundaries and challenging taboos in the Middle East. In one case, that of Magdy El Shafee’s groundbreaking Metro, the Egyptian courts objected to its depiction of corruption and criminality, fined the author and publisher, and had the book pulled from store shelves. Surely, this is not an …

Are Comics a Universal Medium?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the emergence of comics and graphic novels in the Middle East. Different cultures have different relationships to graphic novels: the French and Belgians are passionate about their bande dessinée, the Japanese are mad for manga, while Americans are still best known for their superhero comics. Word pictures date back to the cave paintings of …

Oasis or Mirage: Are there Really Opportunities for Publishers in the Middle East?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We at Publishing Perspectives have offered dozens of stories about publishing in the Middle East — which, with its population of some 300 million people, looks like a fertile market for publishers. We’ve identified several opportunities and believe the region has real potential for publishers looking to grow. Andy Smart, consultant publisher of Bloomsbury Qatar, agrees and …

Abu Dhabi Launches Pan-Arab Book Distribution Company

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka ABU DHABI: On the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), the organization responsible for the event, has launched Abu Dhabi Distribution (ADD), a new private company to facilitate book distribution to the GCC countries, the Maghreb and the Levant, as well as servicing Arab communities …

Saudi Author Abdo Khal Wins Arabic “Booker”

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Saudi Arabian author Abdo Khal won the $60,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the Arab Booker) for his novel Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles, which is also known as She Throws Sparks, and is published by Al-Jamal Publications. Taleb Alrefai, who served as chair for this year’s panel of judges, said, “The winning novel is a brilliant …