Thursday, December 2, 2010

Read this: State Dept. Brings U.S. Comics Creators to Algerian Comics Festival

When discussing countries with a rich comics culture, the most familiar regions are North America, Western Europe, and East Asia. North African countries are unlikely to come to mind, but as this article shows, comics and cartoons are thriving in places like Algeria:

"Algeria has an interesting mix of French and Arab influences," Neufeld said. "The French influence has left them with a healthy interest in 'bandes-dessinees,' so their long-form comics tend to be in that European mode. The Arab world's love of political cartoons and editorial cartoons is also in evidence: there are over 80 daily papers just in Algiers, and each one has an in-house political cartoonist."

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