Tala Safié
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Samandal Comics

Art direction + design of Samandal’s 2018 issue. Samandal is a non-profit comics collective dedicated to the advancement of the art of comics in Lebanon and the rest of the world. This issue, edited by cartoonist Alex Baladi, consists of four written works, each translated four times into English, French, Arabic, and “mute” (dialogue-free) comic adaptations, for a total of 16 pieces: 4 color-coded scenarios x 4 interpretations = 16 comic stories by 16 brilliant artists.

The design chimes in to structure and subtly guide the reader throughout the different stories. The book opens from both sides and has two covers, two table of contents and two pagination systems, allowing for Latin + Arabic reading directions. More info here, here and here.

 Title lettering by  David Habchy  • Arabic cover illustration by  Helge Reumann  • Latin cover illustration by  Sandra Ghosn

Title lettering by David Habchy • Arabic cover illustration by Helge Reumann • Latin cover illustration by Sandra Ghosn

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 In the middle of the book, a two-spread story by  Mazen Kerbaj  and  Alex Baladi is readable from both directions. 

In the middle of the book, a two-spread story by Mazen Kerbaj and  Alex Baladi is readable from both directions. 

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