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March 8, 2011

Go, Read: Arab Cartooning In Revolutionary Times

Michael Cavna has a nice, summary article up that seems to combine elements from a bunch of different previous pieces on the role of cartooning in the political turmoil now facing various northern African countries. You get a big of information on that Martin Luther King, Jr. comic that was distributed in Egypt; what it's like to be able to draw a political figure where doing so before could have meant injury, disappearance or death; what it's like to make cartoons about affairs like this in your region when you're facing a very different scene at home, and so. I am always a little confused when people talk about the rich cartooning tradition in some of these countries, because I'm not exactly sure what that means, but overall I greatly enjoyed the piece.
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