Tahrir Square, One Year Ago

By Susan Harris

As the events of the Arab Spring unfolded last year, WWB published a number of dispatches from and about the affected countries.  One of our favorites came from Egyptian graphic novelist Magdy El Shafee. With his fellow artists, Magdy was creating and distributing a graphic journal on the abuses of the Mubarak regime. When we invited him to report from Tahrir Square, Magdy documented the uprising exclusively for WWB. One of the challenges of recording demonstrations is capturing the rhythm and rhyme of slogans, and translator Humphrey Davies—himself on site in Cairo—rendered them brilliantly: "Two million people in the square / Couldn't get him off the chair." Wonderfully, by the time the panels ran, the Egyptian people had succeeded in doing so.

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