Muktatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology
Read any good comics from the Middle East recently? We have. And we want U.S. audiences to be able to check them out, too!
مقتطفات - pronounced muktatafaht means "pieces" or "excerpts" in Arabic or, for our purposes, "anthology."
During 2010-2011, the Harvard University Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) Outreach Center has been exploring the connections between the region, its people, and the comic book medium. With including significant comics work taking place in the Middle East region, parties at the CMES Outreach Center devised this project, Muktatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology,for American audiences to become more familiar with the surge of creativity taking place on the other side of the world.
Muktatafaht features the work of almost a dozen different Middle Eastern artists, ranging from humorous insights into daily life in Beirut and Cario to responses to the occupation of the Palestinian territories to personal reflections on life in Jordan. From the political to the fanciful, “the high brow to the raised brow.”
To get this project started we now turn to Kickstarter for the final phase, that of generating funds to print this extraordinary collection and share sights from people and places that won't feel half a world away if they become freely available at the turn of a page.
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