Arab Comic Arts

Business Building 904, Beirut campus

The Department of Design is hosting a panel discussion entitled “Arab Comics Art.”

Comics art is currently experiencing a revival in Arab countries. Its combination of politics and art make it an appealing medium for a growing number of artists and graphic designers. While a new generation of comics artists is emerging in the region whose work appears in a growing number of publications in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria among other Arab countries, this panel will address the need to institutionalize this profession by providing education and training in illustration and graphic story telling in the region. The panel will raise questions pertaining to education, research, business and career opportunities for comics artists in the region.

Comics art is a medium that has been used not only to record history but also as a testimonial of personal memory and against silence and abuse. It is a fertile ground yet to be explored, opening up opportunity for literary visualization of the lived realities of people in general as well as marginalized communities.

This panel, comprised of seven speakers, can be considered a starting point for discussions and debates on future comics studies in the Arab region.

All are welcome to attend.