“The power of MOUTHFAIL comes, at least to me, from the manyfold manifestations of tension that are squeezed into mere sixteen pages. Rage is muted. Physical distance from Egypt does not bring emotional distance. The USA, where both the actual Ganzeer and his comics avatar live, is not the land of the free. Political disappointment and images of protests in Egypt and the USA are followed by references to superheroes, but physics-defying superhero action is turned into jumping out of a suburban window. Ganzeer questions the role and responsibility of artists in propaganda and in
conveying messages that unify people. Artists are themselves part of social, political, and cultural structures yet they work for freedom. Can any change be achieved? Can comics and visual art be an
effective tool in voicing protest and changing structures?”

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