Week 7 | Project 2 Outcome + Reflection

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The outcome of the second project are three scenes that comment on political and social issues only in Qatar, thus far. This is because there is politics all around us and it is not only limited to governmental issues, this is why I have considered to showcase different social issues. In this point of the investigation, I started with the context that I am most informed and aware off. So I am able to collect the responses and test if it stirs conversations or not. This will determine if I should continue or change the approach.

During this discussion there were comments about the language, which I have commented previously. Today it is all printed in Arabic, but I had arguments with myself about if I should or should not include Latin English. This all depends on the intended audience that I am planning to show. At this moment, it is Arabic speakers but I am willing to expand it to non-Arabic Speakers as well because there are a lot of expats. On that note, I am also planning to start creating scenes outside of Qatar, specifically the MENA region. To consider that, the scenes should be bilingual to be understood by all.

Another issue addressed is the composition in one of the scenes, because it doesn’t comprehend the comment that I am trying to state. As well as, the certain actions or reaction of the cartoon characters. I agree that there are tweaks to do.

Moving forward, I will continue creating scenes frequently and start a whole series of different issues with different comments to state. This way I am able to see the development of the stylistic approach and evaluate the responses that hopefully will pile up.

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Week 7 | Bibliography/ References

Precedents:

Media Articles:

Qatar – Tamim:

Turkey – Erdogan:

Eygpt – Sisi:

Lebanon – Michel Aoun

KSA – King Salman

Emirates – Shaikh Khalifa

Literature Articles

  • Multiliteracies: how readers interpret political cartoons By ELISABETH EL REFAIE; Cardiff University, UK
  • Media discourse as a symbolic contest: The bomb in political cartoons by Gamson, William Stuart, David
  • No Laughing Matter: Post-September 11 Political Cartoons in Arab/Muslim Newspapers; by Diamond, Matthew

Online Books:

A pen of Damascus steel: The Political Cartoons of an Arab Master By Ali Farzat

Documentary:

Beyond The Blockade By Amna Al Saadi and Jassim Kunji – AlJazeera

Week 7 | Vocabulary/ Glossary

  • Criticize: judging or critiquing certain actions that are occurring
  • Imitate: imitating certain situations or actions that I think is foolish (biased perspective), where it can also fall under making fun
  • Public perception: seen as the truth based on facts and a virtual truth shaped by popular opinion, media coverage and/or reputation.
  • Political Context: it reflects on the environment in which something is produced indicating it’s purpose or agenda.
  • Politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or societies and communities in a specific area, especially the debate between parties having power.
  • Social Commentary: to implement or promote change by informing the general public about a given problem and appealing to people’s sense of justice.
  • Social Narratives: stories that describe social situations and social responses or behaviors.

Week 6 | Project 2 Progress

As I have been working on the different scenes, the stylistic approach has developed because it’s not a 2D portrait anymore. There are other factors to consider to show the social commentary, like the dialogue and background information. However, one point that I always had to remind myself is that leave the important information bold and the rest can be a form of shapes and faded. This technique will push the cartoonist style, which is my goal.

On the first scene, there are a couple of characters that have to be presented, which is slightly different because it wasn’t a front profile, it was a slight side profile.

Other objects that I have illustrated are cars, which is an essential part of the two other scenes. Another point in my stylistic approach is that it has no outlines, even though most standard cartoons are always with outlines. This design decision was initially made from last semester and I continued to make it consistent.

As for the typeface, for the dialogue, titles or statement I have downloaded a Typeface called ‘Lalezar’ which gives a cartoon-like font. The primary language at this moment is Arabic because the dialogue is originally in this language.

The above quotes are extracted from Hamad Bin Jassam interview with Qatar TV, that are shocking and caused responses all around Qatar. In order to choose the most shocking quotes, I have researched through twitter and asked people to chose the most three shocking quotes.

Week 5 | Further Research

These articles and an online book helped me shaped my perspective and point of view of how political cartoons are perceived during the past centuries and how it also stirred up responses and conversation. Another point, that struck my attention is that each artist has to be biased no matter how hard they are trying to not to be. This is because this artist has an opinion or has a comment and is willing to take the risk to show it through a cartoon no matter what the response turns out to be. I am planning to visit the Qatar Library and research more political cartoon books that can shine a new perspective.

Articles

  • Multiliteracies: how readers interpret political cartoons By ELISABETH EL REFAIE; Cardiff University, UK
  • Media discourse as a symbolic contest: The bomb in political cartoons by Gamson, William ; Stuart, David
  • No Laughing Matter: Post-September 11 Political Cartoons in Arab/Muslim Newspapers; by Diamond, Matthew

Online Books:

A pen of Damascus steel: The Political Cartoons of an Arab Master By Ali Farzat – Link: Here

Week 5 | Project 2 Objectives + Outcome

Objectivewhat do you want to learn?

  • This will be determined once I create the comic scenes and see what kind of conversation it will be.
  • The critical decision of choosing the context of illustrating the scene; how difficult it will be? How easy?

Outcomewhat are you anticipating you will end up with?

  • Between 2 – 4 comic scene in Qatar that indicate political/ social commentary issues
    • Constant construction; rerouting roads
    • 2017-2018 weather (no rain, no winter)
    • Illegal camping (kashta); littering
    • Illegal driving; flashing lights, passing by without signaling
    • Tamim al majid all over the building and cars
    • Mohammed bin Abdulrahman (minister of foreign affairs) the face of the blockade
    • Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani (former prime minister and minister of foreign affairs) word vomits on our neighboring countries
    • Aljazeera = a terrorist media coverage

The ones that are underlined are the chosen ones that I will create a comic scene. The decision has been made from popular votes that have been asked by classmates and peers around the university.