Diala Brisly

Diala Brisly

Diala Brisly is a Syrian Artist, illustrator and comic artist, especially targeting youth. Diala’s illustrations are published in the Syrian youth magazine Zeitoun & Zeitounah, which is still distributed in Syria. She also published her work in the magazine Zawraq and in some other children books. Diala left Syria in 2013 to find refuge in Turkey, before coming to Lebanon. Settled in Beirut since then, she has worked for local and international NGOs which provide assistance to Syrian refugees and has organized drawing and illustration workshops for children and teenagers. She continues her work as a committed artist with the goal of giving hope to Syrian children, the first victims of the war.

   

Kamal Hakim

Kamal Hakim

Kamal Hakim is a Lebanese artist. Graduated with a major in political sciences and in arts and illustration , Kamal mixes these two interests into his comic projects and other work and draws his influences from the work of Joe Sacco.In 2015, he published his first autobiographic comic book in French, entitled “Le temps des Grenades”, in which he investigates a murder committed against one of his family members during the Lebanese civil war. Although it is from the civil war years, he gives the story a contemporary dimension.

   

Lena Merhej

Lena Merhej

Lena Merhej is a Lebanese artist, comic artist, visual storyteller and an expert in graphic narration. She taught at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, and now teaches at the Lebanese International University. She is the founder and director of the Story Center which offers professional trainings in animation, illustration and comic books.  She is a co-founder, and an active editor and collaborator in Samandal, a comics organization in Lebanon. Lena Merhej has exhibited her work both locally and internationally. Having lived through the Lebanese Civil war, war is the subject of her first comic book, “I think we will be calmer in the next war” (2006), which was rated the highest selling book in Lebanon in 2007. Also, “Another Year” (2008) and “Yogurt and Jam, or How My Mom Became Lebanese” (2011) took the FIBDA award for Best Arabic Comics deal with occupation, war and conflict.



Lisa Mandel

Lisa Mandel

Lisa Mandel is a French comic artist who has created the comic book series "Nini Patalo", awarded in 2007 at the Book Fair of Montreuil . In 2009, she received the Artemisia Award of the feminine graphic novel for a work on "Esthétiques et filatures". Since 2009, Lisa has worked on the series "HP", where she explores the psychiatric hospitals’ world through the testimony of her mom and step father, who worked in a psychiatric hospital in Marseille for 35 years. In 2016, in collaboration with the sociologist Yasmine Bouagga, she launched the collection Sociorama,  which consists of adapting major sociological research for comic books.  Since February 2016, always in the company of Yasmine Bouagga, she follows the daily life of migrants in Calais through her blog “News from the Jungle”.

  

Nour Hifaoui Fakhoury

Nour Hifaoui Fakhoury

Nour Hifaoui is a Lebanese artist. Graduated from the Lebanese School of Fine Arts (ALBA University), Nour has chosen comics to convey emotions and feelings that cannot be seen through the voice and to have the privilege to access stories from different persons to make their voices heard. Nour works as much on what is told through speech than on what is told by the body language. In this project, her focus is upon what is told and what is hidden behind a closed face or a silent pause.