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Arab Superwomen Fight Convention as Comics Draw New Middle East

By Salma El Wardany and Caroline Alexander - 2013-11-06T08:20:59Z

Image courtesy of Jihen Ben Mahmoud

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Passion Rouge

Tunisian Jihen Ben Mahmoud's says showing a leading female character as sexually powerful can help change minds in countries where tensions between liberals and traditionalist groups heightened over the past two years. In her graphic novel Passion Rouge, leading lady Elyssa Haddad sometimes appears nude and in erotic scenes. That has earned Mahmoud hate mail branding her an infidel.

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