Comics Festivals Across the Middle East

This fall, ICWA is doodling its way across the Middle East. Fellow Jonathan Guyer recently participated in Le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Alger, the region’s premier comic con. Speaking on a plenary session entitled “Dis le mois en bulles: La Bande Dessinée et le Dessin dans le monde arabe,” he joined Algerian cartoonists Le Hic and L’Andalou and broadcast journalist Ahmed Lahri for a wide-ranging discussion about freedom of expression in the Arab World. CairocomixIn October, Jonathan participated in the CairoComix Festival, where he served on the jury for the festival’s six awards, moderated a panel in Arabic on identity politics, and presented a paper based on his research. You can read more about CairoComix in his article for the Egyptian news and culture platform Mada Masr. In November, he will speak at the Symposium on Comics in the Arab World at the American University of Beirut. As Jonathan likes to say: Stay ‘tooned.

About the Author

From Cairo, Jonathan will focus on examining connections between cultural currents and political change across the region. He has been living and working in Egypt since 2012, where he is senior editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, a policy journal published by the American University in Cairo. Managing the journal’s digital strategy, Jonathan edits the Cairo Review’s blog and books section. From 2012 to 2013, he was a Fulbright fellow researching political cartoons in Egypt. He previously served as a program associate for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force in Washington, DC, and as assistant editor of Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel. A frequent analyst on Public Radio International, he has contributed to Guernica, The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, New York Magazine, Nieman Reports, The Guardian, Salon, and others. His research on Egyptian satire has been cited by the Associated Press, CNN, The Economist, The Nation, New Statesman, Reuters, and TIME, as well a variety of international news outlets. A cartoonist himself, he blogs about Arabic comics and caricature at