Magdy El Shafee’s Metro Profiled at CNN

CNN has a profile of Magdy El Shafee’s Metro. It gives a little more background about the writer and some of the controversy.

(CNN) — An Egyptian cartoonist who was arrested and had his graphic novel banned under Hosni Mubarak’s regime is to be published in English.

Magdy El Shafee wrote the graphic novel “Metro” in 2008. It was banned in his home country and El Shafee was convicted of offending public decency after a lengthy trial.

A translation of “Metro” will be published across the English-speaking world next year. It has also been published in Italian, and some Arabic copies are available in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

After the revolution that ousted Mubarak, El Shafee is hoping his novel will once again be available in Egypt.