2011 In Review
Although 2011 has been a busy year for me, it’s been a relatively quiet year for the blog. Therefore, as the calendar year closes I figured it would be as good a time as any to recap and regroup. A year ago today I was exactly half way into my Fellowship year ringing in the new year in Cairo (before a bit of first-hand revolution witnessing and Anderson Cooper meeting). Now six months back into the United States I am having as much fun parsing through my collection of Arab comics in California (where I have re-relocated) as I did collecting them in Egypt. In the intermediate time I have been fortunate enough to gain a whole fathom of new readership (thanks Spielberg!) who have been very kind in bearing with me as my focus has expanded beyond Tintin into entire different histories of foreign Children’s Comics, contemporary artists throughout the Middle East and Asia, and critical writing on non-Hergé comics. For the sake of new and old readers alike, I present here a sampling of some of the best of my writing from 2011 as well as my plans for 2012:
- Waiting for Nabil Fawzi (April 29) - An updated version of my exploration of Superman’s translation into Arabic by Lebanese publisher Illustrated Publications in the 1970s.
- The Case of The Arab Henchman (July 11) - In this twist on an old staple of mine, I look at Hergé’s long history of edits to The Crab with the Golden Claws (now a major motion picture) and particularly how he handles one henchman from the later part of the album.
- Show and Tintin: Tintin’s Footprint in China, Wooden Tintins in Dubai, and Bootleg 丁丁 - I started this “Show+Tintin” series as a brief way to showcase Tintin sitings that were more fun to look at then to write critically about. These are designed to help readers understand just how much of a commercial product the boy reporter is abroad.
- A Survey of Contemporary Arab Comics (September 2) - A brief taste of the amazing comics scene currently renaissancing around the Middle East. Mainly, this is a hopeful launching point for new fans of Arab comics.
From here on out, I’ll keep a list like this updated in my newly created Index section.
But on to 2012, which for those of you that have read my recent press or attended my recent lectures knows is the year of THE BOOK. Well, my book to be specific. That’s right! I’ve been working hard at turning my Middle East findings so far into a cohesive book which tracks the history of Arab comics from their inception into their recent incarnations, all set up through the lens of Tintin. I will definitely be providing updates as the project develops! Also, in the new year I am looking forward to giving a lot more lectures on Tintin’s travels through “the Orient,” with a few engagements already lined up. All and all, it’s been a great year to be a Tintinologist and I look forward to continuing the pursuit in the new year!