Palestine in Graphics

By MLYNXQUALEY | Arabic Literature

This spring, Just World Books will launch what it’s calling the “first book-length graphic work written/drawn in English by a Palestinian”:

Author-artist Leila Abdul Razzaq is a Palestinian-American college student who’s been creating her illustrated work in installments at baddawicomic.wordpress.com. You can also follow the project on Facebook.

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According to the publisher:

Baddawi is a charmingly told and beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the childhood and youth of a Palestinian refugee boy, Ahmad, who grew up in the Baddawi refugee camp of northern Lebanon in the 1970s. That was a time when the flames of civil strife engulfed all the residents of Lebanon…

Many of the stories were those Abdul Razzaq heard from her father when she was growing up.

The launch is currently set for April 7, most likely in Chicago. Then:

“From Chicago, we’re hoping to take this talented young author and her work to many other locales around the United States, and further afield.

If you want to go to one of her book events– or the events of any of our other authors– please sign up for our newsletter via our website, so you can get the best, latest news of the authors’ schedules. Or, if your group or congregation would like to work with us to host an event featuring this amazing young Palestinian-American, please let us know soonest, so we can try to fit it into her schedule.”

Other Arab graphic novels written in English:

Arab in America, Toufic El-Rassi

Malaak, Angel of Peace, Joumana Medlej

Interestingly, this “Middle East Through Graphic Novels,” published six months ago in the Michigan Quarterly Review, has only one title written by an Arab.