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The goal is to promote the art of comics, editorial cartoons and illustrations in the Arab world.In the view of artist, designer and art historian Bahia Shebab, who served on the Khalil Awards jury, cartoons are becoming vehicles for female expression, so supporting women artists is critical.Speaking at "Framing War and Conflict in Comics," a symposium on Arab comics that followed the award ceremony, Ghaibeh argued that, alongside women, young people have also found they can express themselves through this medium.Satirical comics have given women and young artists a voice and giving a voice to society's most marginalized.American comic journalist Andy Warner argued that the power of images combined with text, alongside the active role of the reader when consuming their work, allows artists to appeal to readers.The Comic Strips award went to Tunisian artist Othman Selmi, whereas Graphic Illustrations award went to Egyptian Muhammad Mostafa.
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