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If all translators are traitors, as the proverb suggests, then the new issue of Samandal, Lebanon's comic magazine for the open-minded, is unapologetic in its betrayals.Since each work is by a different artist, even adaptations of the same work seem, at times, to bare no relation to one another.Samandal President Joseph Kai agreed, saying that experimentation has been a hallmark of the magazine since it was launched in 2007 .So Kai drew a mass of creatures marching through a computer screen to represent the leader's anxieties about the web.Other adaptations of the same text used entirely different images.In this version of the scene, the leader seems less embattled and more tyrannical, both anti-democratic and patriarchal.With "Experimentation" released, Samandal will soon release an entire book by illustrator (and experimental musician) Mazen Kerbaj, marking the first time the collective has ever devoted an entire issue to a lone author.
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