Friday, August 11, 2006

let's play

let's play


Blogger m.i. said...

Mazen, you really are a formidable talent.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Shebby said...

sarcastic... maybe the only way to cope with this shitty game...

9:42 AM  
Blogger Garth said...

Damn! I wrote this for you before I saw your work in colour.

The Artist Fills His Days with Black Ink.

Flames of fervent faith lick at the heels of rawhide shoes as they flee the news of corporate crime on a global scale; green scars etched with economic nail.
Tassels of inertia on cowboy sleeves, shrunken heads of state adorn the body’s bloated greed.
And of the faces of those spectators who line the path, some will look, many will act, but most will avert their eyes, questions unasked for fear of reprise.
And beside the path grow paper trees, cut from pages of glossy magazines whose pornographic motivator is to titillate and tease.
But whose carbon copy edit adds fuel to fire’s feed.
While from windows bare of curtain care glow candle flames and alarms from laptop battery low.
His black ink squid scrawls truth and lies, slipping paranoid beneath the radar spies.
What human values lie in blasted limbs and dusted children dead; in border lines of racial genocide; in warfare declared by capital and real estate gain; in disagreements solved not with dialogue comma colon question mark - but with ballistic full-stop underlined?
To the earth are returned the dead too soon; fruitless and unfulfilled; martyrs to nothing; newspaper clippings whose names are not known or shouted on street corners.
Nor will their lives make a difference to those living dead, who see no value in life but who would kill for land; sterile land thorn tree spread.
And soon the heels of shoes will be lost to feet bare; calloused by neglect they will move on from here; the path will fork and the story disappear - behind trees of complacency and in the face of greater lies.

10:07 AM  
Blogger fleur said...

bonjour mazen,
merci pour tes reponses. je commence a changer d'avis sur toi. tu m'as l'air d'etre un homme de tres grande qualite.
je ne voulais pas etre agressive. ne le prends pas sur ce ton.
je connaissais tes talents de musiciens c'est pour ca que j'ai reagis de la sorte...
au fait a quand ton prochain concert?

10:26 AM  
Blogger Stefane said...

a distribuer sur toutes les plages en ce moment, celles qui ne sont polluées que de papier cul et de de graisse de filtre solaire !

12:15 PM  
Blogger Paul Illek said...

Hi Mazen
best wishes to Evan. The set of drawings from the moutain and the city are so powerful. I still don't know how you do it but I'm glad you can.

12:32 PM  
Blogger sinsemilmax said...

I just came back from one week off no radio ,no internet ,no tv ....
came back yesterday evenin' 'n took one full week off your pain in 3 minutes report
today when I woke up after night off nightmare n posted it on my blog:

I'm with you.

12:40 PM  
Blogger backenas said...

This comment is for Evan.
Next time I come to Beirut I'll challenge you in karate! Don't worry, I'm really bad and weak...
looking forward to seeing both of you!

1:13 PM  
Blogger jenny-li said...

"Vous avez votre Liban et ses dilemmes. J'ai le Liban et sa beauté. Vous avez votre Liban avec les conflits qui le rongent. J'ai mon Liban avec les rêves qui y naissent. Vous avez votre Liban, prenez-le tel qu'il est. J'ai mon Liban et je n'en accepte que l'absolu. Votre Liban est un imbroglio politique que le temps tente de dénouer. Mon Liban est fait de montagnes qui s'élèvent, dignes et magnifiques, dans l'azur. Votre Liban est un problème international que tiraillent les ombres de la nuit. Mon Liban est fait de vallées paisibles et mystérieuses dont les versants accueillent les sons des cloches et les murmures des rivières... Laissez-moi vous dire à présent qui sont les enfants de mon Liban... Ce sont les vainqueurs où qu'ils aillent, ils sont aimés et respectés où qu'ils s'installent. Ce sont ceux qui naissent dans des chaumières mais qui meurent dans les palais du savoir..." Khalil Gibran (1920)


1:14 PM  
Blogger malva said...

Sad irony..
..i finish now to read news from Lebanon and some reportages realized from humanitarian operators and..i cry. A genocide is in course..and we remain to watch this..

1:46 PM  
Blogger jassem.hindi said...

again: thank you mazen for your work. I miss little evan a lot.

1:51 PM  
Blogger ghaleb said...

bravo mec et respect.

J'espere que le 'game over' est pour bientot et surtout sans 'please try again'.

kholssit el fiche.

courage et bises de saigon

2:00 PM  
Blogger sangli said...


Les charges explosives des roquettes du Hezb seraient échangées contre des liasses de ce dessin, et ces dessins dispersés au-dessus de jardins israëliens, j'aurais moins d'objections contre l'utilisation de ces roquettes.


2:17 PM  
Blogger Μαύρος Γάτος said...


2:58 PM  
Blogger Shirin said...

it is exactly what i intended to write.
And yes... i think this is the only way...
I do the same...i draw in order to express my suffer.

Shirin from Lebanon

2:59 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Wi c cynique. Mais bravo à Evan il a réussi à introduire de la couleur. Ca c'est le pouvoir des enfants!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Dr Boo said...

Planche tres interessante Mazen, je me suis permi de rajouter l'adresse de ton blog (en bas) et d'en imprimer un bon paquet que je distribuerai ce WE partout ou j'irais ... J'espere que t'as reçu mon mail. Fait gaffe à toi l'ami et courage

3:49 PM  
Blogger Μαύρος Γάτος said...


3:53 PM  
Blogger . said...

Bonjour Mazen,
J'adore vos dessins avec couleurs. C'est esthétiquement superbe et encore plus émouvant.

Merci pour votre beau travail.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Baz said...

Hi Mazen,

I sent this to your email address as well as posting it here in the comments.
I was directed to your blog from reading a post at the Comics Reporter blog, and have saved all the images after hearing about your problems with censorship.
While things on the web are transient, I publish a print magazine called REDEYE focusing on independent comics and creators, distributed through UK and US comic shops and online. I wanted to feature your cartoons in our next issue out at the end of september, along with some words from yourself, whether in the form of an interview, a commentary, an overview of your work or just talking about the current situation in Beirut. Pretty much whatever you want to write, uncensored. I will also include your biography from If there are other cartoonists you think might be interested in doing the same in Lebanon, please pass on my email to them.
Thanks again and take care.

4:01 PM  
Blogger CirCe said...

Hi, dearest
Wonderfuls colors! In spite of the war, what your paints talk about, these colors brings some happiness. It´s unbeliavable!
I profoundly admire your sarcastic humor. How can you do that???

My heart it´s always with you and your people.

kisses, love, hug & peace

4:31 PM  
Blogger ferfarah said...

best cartoon ever!

5:18 PM  
Blogger ferfarah said...

best cartoon ever!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Nathalie Gaul Kaisu NGK said...

Juste bonjour !

5:59 PM  
Blogger poulette said...

nothing else to say : we think qbout you so strong.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Boris said...


10:10 PM  
Blogger Fausto Vargas said...

this is a great blog

10:43 PM  
Blogger tzigane said...

Amazing Maze....

11:15 PM  
Blogger tzigane said...

amazing maze....

11:16 PM  
Blogger tzigane said...

amazing maze...

11:17 PM  
Blogger Dominic Lash said...

Hello Mazen, I am an improvising bassist who lives in Oxford, England. I heard you play at the LMC festival last year, which was wonderful. I just wanted to let you know how your blog and your artwork is the most dignified response to a hideous situation that I have seen. So many people in Britain are wholly behind you - we will have a demonstration in Oxford tomorrow as some small expression of that. Keep up the struggle.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Aries said...

On parle d'un cessez-le-feu imminent.Serait-ce la fin du cauchemar ?
et Mazen pourrait retourner sur la montagne avec Evan ?
Toutes nos ondes positives pour le Liban
et un salut amical pour vous deux.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Tamricko said...

Mazen, I am so excited you are using colour. Please continue.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Elsa said...

that works

12:12 PM  
Blogger hayet said...

une pensée et un sourire de Paris pour toi. Il pleut en ce moment. Dans une heure il y a une manifestation de soutien à Châtelet. Je te raconterai.


2:45 PM  
Blogger Nídia said...

Hi mazen,

I wish that I could know your art, but not in these circunstances.
How can you do it so well?

I want you to know that your voice has come to Portugal... although not for the best reasons.

Best wishes for you, and your country (!)

3:46 PM  
Blogger marcka said...

pas mal maz!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger marcka said...

a quelle heure ce soir??

4:34 PM  
Blogger EdkOb said...

Cher Mazen,

comment te dire que tu nous donnes tant, et que notre soutien soit si dérisoire.

Courage et amitiés

@ bientôt, j'espère

6:02 PM  
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