2/25/2007

Turkey laughs: LAST EVENT OF THE FESTIVAL OF REALITY COMICS KOMIKAZEN

The last event of the festival of reality comics Komikazen is a particularly relevant one: on march 3rd 2006 Ravenna will host the Turkish cartoonists from Le Man satirical magazine, a true institution of satire in Turkey. Every week for fifteen years now Le Man has been distributed in capillary way, from Diyarbakir to Istanbul, in 150.000 copies. The two founders of the magazine, that will be the guests of Komikazen, are cherished by the Turkish people as heroes. Although they had severe contrasts with the political power in the past, so much so that they were not allowed a passport for several years, the cartoonists from Le Man never stropped being sarcastic and ironic iconoclasts. Their magazine attacks every week the vices and hypocrisies of Turkish society with its caustic humour and an incredible freedom of expression.
Le Man is a true weekly magazine of political news, made of comics only. Its characters became landmarks for the whole Turkish society. Turkey has a long comics, satirical and also storytelling tradition of great quality and scope. Le Man is a publishing house, a weekly magazine issued in 150.000 copies, a bookshop-coffee house in the centre of Istanbul and a social phenomenon.