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Alex Mangles

Tiamat’s Terrain: Comics of the Gezi Resistance

Greetings from Tiamat’s very warm Terrain. Summer is in and the weather is getting to sweltering temperatures. Not that that’s slowing down SFF production. I suggest you take a seat underneath a nice cool olive grove, catch your breath, and see what June has in store for us. More movie news, more comic classics coming out in English, Greeks writing short stories, and a graphic anthology of resistance emerging out of Turkey.

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Tiamat’s Terrain: Building Bridges with SFF

In Tiamat’s Terrain’s latest roundup I’ve scoured high and low for all forms of SFF and genre fiction coming out this spring. From small publishers to dedicated teams behind niche websites, from an uncommon short-story to the glitz of the Cannes Film Festival, this round up really underlines what I’ve been noticing these meager six months on the job: that there are people all around the globe working hard to build bridges and connect the world to this region’s fascination with SFF and graphic novels. The creators, the publishers, the event organizers, and the website administrators are (sometimes even unwittingly) all part of an amalgamation that I am just constantly amazed by.

So when you’re reading through today’s roundup, spare a thought for the people behind IslamSciFi, for the editors at Interlink who decided to publish a magic realist Arabian novel, for the people at Self Made Hero who insist on publishing best-selling European graphic novels in English, for the organizers in Dubai who manage the Middle East’s most anticipated ComicCon for the 4th year running. Tiamat’s Terrain tips its hat to them all.

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Tiamat’s Terrain: Asking the Big Questions

This month at Tiamat’s Terrain the cluster of SFF features frame big questions: Both Israeli writer Tidhar and Cypriot director Kyriacou want to know “What’s a superhero anyhow?” Palestinian-American Abdelrazaq and Lebanese-Canadian El-Mohtar think through the ever-present questions of displacement and coping in times of war. Noura Al Noman explores what Arabic fantasy literature and world building look like, while Franscesco Verso has started a publishing house for speculative fiction in translation, wanting to open doors into how other cultures and languages write about tomorrow. And finally, last year’s IPAF winner has an English publication date.

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Tiamat’s Terrain: Comics that Traverse the World

I didn’t mean to fall into comics at the beginning of 2015, but sometimes that’s just the way the wind blows. And these comics, hailing from France, Italy, Cyprus, and America, traverse the whole world, entering unexpected longitudes and latitudes.

Intriguingly, the content that takes the reader into far-flung corners of the globe reflects the authors’ own travels and lineages: Squarzoni, a French graphic novelist who worked in ex-Yugoslavia, has traveled through Mexico, Palestine, and Israel as a human-rights observer and has published work on Central American politics and the Holocaust; the Italian, Hugo Pratt, inducted in 2004 to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, lived in Argentina, London, Italy, Switzerland, and France, while also traveling Patagonia, Canada, and Africa; Wilson is an American who lived and worked for a time in Cairo; Hoplaros grew up in Zimbabwe before moving back to her home-country, Cyprus; and Sattouf, who used to write for Charlie Hebdo, is a French-Syrian who spent his childhood in Algeria, Libya, and Syria. With well-traveled captains like these at the helm, you know you’re in for a rip-roaring ride.

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Tiamat’s Terrain: Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Welcome to Tiamat’s Terrain! In this first roundup, we follow fantasy from its birth 1000 years ago all the way to present-day Jarmusch-like retellings of vampires in Iran. But this is why we’re here right? To see what happens to genre fiction that emerges from a region stuffed with a deep complicated history of culture and literature and hits the equally complicated vectors of our contemporary world. Chaos and madness, bombs and monsters. Let’s get started!

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