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Malaak II p25 by Majnouna Malaak II p25 by Majnouna
Good gosh, a daytime scene! :P Really cute interaction between Tareq and Malaak here, translations:

Shu sayer beddeneh? What's the world coming to?
Min aam byehke: Look who's talking.
Kaak (or a kaakeh) is a kind of rough bread that is hollow. You buy it off the street and the vendor stuffs it with spices and maybe some cheese for you (you can see him making the hole in it with his thumb here). This is usually my breakfast.
Elleh sayer: What's happening is ...
Lamba: lamp, lightbulb. Calling a person that actually means they're the contrary of bright.
Lek mwah: Not translateable, but do I really need to?

I get waspish too if I'm trying to focus and someone comes make noises next to me...

This page is dedicated to our cat, who suggested the pose; my kaak vendor, whose mistake in dosage one day gave me the idea for this transition scene; and in particular to Café Younes which has become an essential part of my work process ;)

Guest appearance: ~Sphenacodon and ~YazzyDream :D

More about the story here: [link]
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:icontheonlywarman:
TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
I love how you use lamba, I'm gonna start using it from now on soo much better than ahbal :P
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:iconmelopiggy:
melopiggy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Does that cat belong to her and she brings it around places? Cuz I just noticed it shows up in a lot of pages. It looks just like my cat. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
They're different cats – there are cats all over Beirut :XD:
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:iconrobertsloan2:
robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
I love the cat, of course. That is a beautiful little cat. Looks like a slightly abstracted Abyssinian from the shading. These little details make the characters come alive!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hehehe I didn't kow anything about Abyssinians at the time, but I see what you mean! Such pretty things.
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:iconrobertsloan2:
robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
They are a great breed -- and those little details bring your story to life so well. I'm thoroughly enjoying it and all excited about your current progress! I read on some more naturally!
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:iconphilho:
philho Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate the change of mood!
The cat is awesome, too! So natural.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Me too, it was nice while it lasted! :XD:
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:iconcoolmoosekate:
coolmoosekate Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
This comic was hilarious! Ah, the *look* on Tareq's face! "Uh... what just happened...? Hi cat."

This is my favorite one in a while actually! Tareq rocks.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
:giggle: cool! Glad to hear of people who like Tareq!
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:iconskeevy:
skeevy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
...is kaak kind of like naan? I had naan when I was in China; there's a muslim Chinese minority that has turkish origins, and a family of these people lived in my small town. Made some of the tastiest food I had my whole time in that country.

This panel makes me want a cat!!!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
No connection, but naan is tasty! It's Indian though.
Hee :XD:
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:iconbluecatqueen:
bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
Hah! Adrian threw a salt shaker at the Efrit! This was a cool way for her to figure that out...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
You're the first! Very smart of you :)
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:iconbluecatqueen:
bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
Heh, thanks. I'd been wondering what it was that he threw...
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:iconsamishahin-art:
SamiShahin-Art Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm fresh ka3k..
anyways, i love how personal the comic is becoming to you! one day when looking back at them; every detail will remind you of moment in your life :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
You can say that again!
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:iconsamishahin-art:
SamiShahin-Art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
btw, i saw this cover of the magazine "Soura" with a kid leaning against the wall that had graffiti on it saying "narjou 3adam al-wuqouf".. and i see at the top panel here "mamnou3 al-wuqouf".

Is that a common Beiruty graffiti :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
LOL It's a "no parking" sign!
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:iconsamishahin-art:
SamiShahin-Art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahaha omg, see i need to leave Canada for a bit.. i can still read Arabic.. but without putting it in context :P
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
:lmao:
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!
I loved this page a lot. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm glad :hug:
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:icongenny-raskin:
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Student General Artist
^_^ :cuddle:
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:iconspookowl:
spookowl Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
I love the look on the cat's face when she hands him to the guy XD can't wait to see the next page =D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
:XD: It cracks me up too!
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Emile is fasionably late from making his "The worlds we dont live in" blog posts ;)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
:D
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:iconyoboseiyo:
yoboseiyo Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
hahahaha! that cat looks like "wait, what?! i was comfy, an' she moved!"
great scene!
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:iconnicosnas:
nicosnas Featured By Owner May 27, 2008   Artisan Crafter
You could translate "lek mwah!" into "omg! you're a genious! thank you so much, here let me give you a big kiss... smack"

No?

And what's written in the 1st frame? "Ya 3ayn ___ " ?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
=P

Yes, LOL. In Arabic and Latin.
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:iconrandomlebanese:
randomlebanese Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Ooh, I see it now. Interesting. Oh, and is that a doctor's sign? I love these small details! <3

And now I see the "Hi". I need sleep. Great page, as usual. :D -mm, kaak. Baddi isshwai... :( Ma l'ait kaak be Canada.-
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes it is! A typical detail :D
Kaak in Canada would be hard to find indeed :(
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:iconrandomlebanese:
randomlebanese Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Well, my dad's cousin came to visit and said he knows a place where they have mana'eesh. I should remind him to take me there. xP
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:iconnicosnas:
nicosnas Featured By Owner May 28, 2008   Artisan Crafter
:doh:
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:iconthemightyhun:
themightyhun Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
when i saw this page i went: "OOH! color..." lol.

wait. i don't get it. the evil being is filled with salt? XD... yeah...i'm still confused. lol.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:XD:
Oh you're not supposed to get it yet ;)
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:iconthemightyhun:
themightyhun Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
lol. good. then i'm not just stupid. or slow. lol
...well i am sort of slow, but not this time.
...ok maybe i am.
...maybe i should just stop typing now....
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:iconredbeardcreator:
redbeardcreator Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very engrossing comic. I'm always happy to see it show up in my list of deviations ;)

You really talk like that? Wow. I live such a sheltered life, stuck here in the States. Kansas at that (you can't get much more sheltered than Kansas :) )
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:iconredbeardcreator:
redbeardcreator Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I've always had a fascination with languages. 'Course I've not done much more than learned French at a very cursory level - despite two years of it in high school. Pretty cool in my book.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's really nice to hear!
We're actually much worse. I tone it down for the comic :lol: It's entirely possible to use 3 languages in the same sentence and there's no way on earth to have even a short conversation without switching.
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:iconlealta:
Lealta Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
I always love it in books / movies / comics when the characters figure out things before I do. It's much more interesting and fun to speculate. :D I can't wait to see what she's realized!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hee, I know what you mean! Though here it's a bit obvious ;)
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:icondroemar:
Droemar Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
I second the cat's expression, although mine would definitely scowl at whoever's lap they got dumped into. But of course Malaak would only hang out with morally correct felines!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
:lol: Our cat is such a princess, she'd merely emit a pained meow of indignation!
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:iconoriginal-elfish:
Original-Elfish Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I love the cat's "What the heck?" face. Nice to see some sunshine, too!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
Yeah, isn't it!!
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:iconyazzydream:
YazzyDream Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Student General Artist
Ah! There I am! It makes me so happy! :love:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Aha! there you are indeed! :D
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