166 Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental
“When Freej by Mohammed Saeed Harib came out, it kind of broke a lot of rules.” – Khaled bin Hamad
Can comics and animation embrace tradition while still breaking new ground and achieving popular success? Our three panellists discuss the new dawn of culture.
Sana Amanat’s experiences as a Muslim growing up in New Jersey shaped Marvel Comics’ new character Kamala Khan, and changes in American culture are being reflected in America’s superhero comics.
Khaled bin Hamad and Mohammed Saeed Harib are responding to Dubai’s sudden metamorphosis from quiet trading town to global megacity. Harib’s animated series Freej depicts the generation of women who witnessed this change and its effect on their traditional neighbourhood; while bin Hamad’s graphic novel Nasser’s Secrets and his forthcoming anime Empire of N examine the science-fictional nature of the new UAE – and are influenced by the years he spent studying in Japan.
Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation