This guide is a starting point for information on comic books, graphic novels and comic magazines in the Arab world. It also highlights the conceptual and historical aspects of comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels as well as drawing and cartooning techniques.The Arabic Comic Books guide was created in support of Mu'taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative at the American University of Beirut. Use the tabs to navigate through the guide.
In September 2014, AUB establishes the Mu'taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative. This initiative will help AUB promote the research, teaching, and production of Arabic comics, and develop a repository of Arabic comics literature.
This online exhibit showcases the AUB Libraries’ rich comics collection, and highlights the great potential and ability that comics have to capture the “pulse of the time”, to support liberal arts curricula at academic institutions by shedding light on many questions, concepts, ideas, historical periods, social and economic issues, power relations, etc. across disciplines: comics and classics; comics and politics; comics and literature; comics and history; comics and gender; comics and urbanism; comics and architecture, etc. Through comics, a plethora of subjects and perspectives opens up to educators and students alike, in a novel, engaging, contextual and meaningful manner.