May 5 Happy Birthday Riad Sattouf!
Riad Sattouf (born May 5, 1978) French cartoonist, memoirist, filmmaker – L’Arabe du futur / The Arab of the Future (2015)
Read a Guardian article about Sattouf and his graphic memoir, The Arab of the Future:
Like most cartoonists in France, he remains “traumatised” by the events of January 2015, when two jihadists stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.
“Cartoonists are nerds,” he says, hunching awkwardly over his plate, pretending for a moment that his knife is a pen. “We’re men with no girlfriends who spend the whole day drawing, and then, suddenly, we’re made to feel as if we’re responsible for all the wars of the world.”
In his case, though, this comes with an additional burden, for Sattouf, who drew a regular strip for Charlie Hebdo until a few months before the attacks, is not only half Syrian, the son of a Sunni from a village near Homs; he is also the author of a celebrated graphic memoir, whose title is The Arab of the Future. Whether he likes it or not, the media is quite determined to enlist him as a spokesman on Syria, if not the entire Islamic world.