This past November, two of the Muktatafaht traveled to the U.A.E. as guests of the Sharjah International Book Fair to meet with several of the artists who are contributing to the comic anthology. There were several panels and events related to comics of the Middle East at the fair, and we were honored to have the opportunity to share details about this exciting project. Pictured here are (from left to right) is Tok Tok (http://www.toktokmag.com/) contributor Mohammed Tawfik,Tok Tok co-founder and contributor Mohamed el Shennawy, Muktatafaht co-editor Anna Mudd of the Harvard Center for MIddle Eastern Studies Outreach Center, Samandal (http://www.samandal.org/) contributor Jana Trablousi, Egyptian comic artist Magdy el Shafee (http://www.magdycomics.com/), comic scholar Nadim Damluji (http://nadimdamluji.com/), author of "Falasteezee"Mahdi Fleifel, and political cartoonist Nidal Elkhairy(http://nidalelkhairy.blogspot.com/). The visit was a time to learn more about the artists' current projects, create some work together, and gain momentum for the anthology. Muktatafaht will be released and distributed in May of 2012.
Kickstarter worked -- but in a way we never planned! The following message is for all donors, regardless of amount, from Paul Beren, Harvard U. CMES Outeach Center Director: "Greetings. The Kickstarter campaign that was initiated one month ago to fund the comic anthology ended and did not reach the desired goal of raising $9000. However, thanks to your generosity and support, it raised nearly 1/3 of that amount. In part because of this excitement the project to create the anthology is still going to continue. Because of the Kickstarter campaign, and the interest in it, we have been able to find some additional funds to cover the cost of the project. This means that the creation of the anthology will proceed as we had planned. This project would not be in a position to succeed without your invaluable support. On behalf of the editors and contributing artists we deeply thank you and hope to provide you with a free copy of the anthology once it has been completed. Sincerely, Paul http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/outreach Connect with us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/Outreachcenter Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/harvardCMESOC "