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Malaak II p30 by Majnouna Malaak II p30 by Majnouna
It seems circumstances conspire to inspire me for my transition pages: this one was born from my brother's demand that he appear in the story saying "WELAANEH!" I don't know how I'm managing to indulge my people without disrupting the story flow :lol:

This page features my brother Kim and my friends Raffi (who actually is a peace worker and a stage actor to boot, with a humongous crush on Malaak) and Hassan (whom I have to thank for his army pics!) The three don't actually know each other, but I'm sure they'll bond over this ;)
Of course, it was only a matter of time before our own neighborhood showed up as a background somewhere...

Vocab notes:

Ya Allah aaz-zaha': Oh God, the boredom!
Eop, shabeb!: Yo, guys!
Welaaneh: We haven't figured out how to translate this, but loosely it means "it's fired up", and expressed something like "the roof's on fire!" (if that makes sense...) Anyway, Kim is overly fond of the expression...
Khalleeke shwey wlo: C'mon, stay a bit!
Kol hawa: Eat wind. A polite substitution for something else I'm sure you can guess

More about the story here: [link]
Official website: [link]
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:iconrussianbust:
RussianBust Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
i love Raffi's sarcasm and the Kol Hawa thingy :P so much slang language i'm starting to be addicted to this ! it's just like ... WooooooW!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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SaoirseFire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
This page is funny... Reminds me why I love this comic.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Cool..kinda funny thou,love the colour..n the suit,almost like some British SAS army custome..similar to those on CS!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's pretty standard as far as military goes!
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SamiShahin-Art Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite pages so far!! Where to start, the beauty that the photograph adds to the page, Raffi (I guess is his name) maghroum b Malaak; i guess it was a about time she started making fans like that ;)

Oh, i can't forget "Kol hawa" made me laugh so hard..
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :) Funny how everyone loved Raffi :lol: She's had fans like that for a while, just not inside the story ;)
:lmao: I love idiomatic expressions.
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TzodEarf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Welaaneh (How do you pronounce it?)...Here's an old-school party chant:

"The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water let the *@## *!!# burn. Burn *@## *!!#, burn!"
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's where I got "the roof is on fire" from :XD:
I can't describe the pronunciation, it involves a sound completely unknown to non-speakers :( It's close enough if you pronounce it well-AH-neh.
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TzodEarf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
If you knew that - about the roof, you're gettin' around too much!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hmm no, it just means I've been sentient for a while :lol:
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TzodEarf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Sentient? Does that mean you can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
No, you can do that even if you're braindead.
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TzodEarf Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
I don't have much experience being braindead, but I suppose I've been sentient since my first birthday, how about you?
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, the bearded guy really is smitten, ain't he? :giggle: I wonder how many fans like that Malaak's got :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Apparently, quite a few! O_O
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FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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coolmoosekate Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Great page! Love Raffi, that was hilarious. XD
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, he'll be glad ;)
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:iconrufious:
rufious Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Raffi.... :rofl:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
;)
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LenaRaskin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
It's a pink page!!! (and don't tell me it's dusk and sunset) :D
And it has hearts in it ;)
Lovely :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well it is dusk! But you're right, it's pink! :rofl:
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luciferlive Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Artist
i just found the time to go back and read all the back pages...i forgot how much i missed reading this.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Aww, welcome back :)
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luciferlive Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Artist
its cool cause i have a good time reading it and it looks like im working too...
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow, it really was a challenge to me, to figure out the conversation, but the translations are sure helped!

Makes me curious for the next events. :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's what they're here for :nod:
To be continued next month.. :XD:
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Cool :)
I am waiting forward. ;)
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SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Liked Beardie´s infatuated expression, LOL. ^^

Cedar, I´d like to ask you something. Here in Brazil we´ve got a superhero magazine. They have an space for links of the readers who make their own heros, and I´d like to recommend Malaak for them... whaddya think?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
I would love that, thanks for offering!! :hug:
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SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
You´re welcome. :D I just need your real name. I´m not sure if they would accept a nick. And if you have a homepage, that´ll be also great.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
My name is Joumana Medlej and the Malaak homepage is at [link] , though my personal website is [link] :)
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SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
I already sent the report! Now all we´ll just have to wait. :)
Hope you´ll their attention, you deserve that. Ever thought about sending samples of your work to Marvel, Dark Horse, etc?
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psycocat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that dying of boredom thing is so true of most soldiers and military members...lol

Loved this one...as always. :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
I can imagine! Thanks :hug:
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Welaaneh = on fire, hot, awesome (best translations I can think of).

Great conversation going on here! And I think I've seen those stairs somewhere, at one point or another.

And off she goes to save the daaaaaay! One epic showdown coming up - it's nice that there's a quiet and funny scene like this one before the storm...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, good one! And the stairs are the ones form our house, so you must have seen them among the pictures I posted of it.
Hehe in Lebanon, there always is...
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Probably.
:)

Sayyyy, Raffi wouldn't be Raffi F., would he?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
He sure is! You know him?
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:iconsphenacodon:
Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
He went to my school! (albeit a few classes above me...)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Crazy! :XD:
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:iconcalifornianinja:
Californianinja Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
I know I say this a lot, but I really like this one. It's cool that Malaak doesn't automatically know where the trouble's at.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
:nod: Unless she suddenly grows psychic, it would be weird, heh.
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Californianinja Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
And yet, most superheroes seem to always be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time...
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
In damn big cities, too...
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Californianinja Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
No kidding! And while it's understandable with those who can fly, how do superheroes like batman avoid traffic delays? The batmobile's cool and all, but it's not exactly compact enough to slip between cars.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Not to mention conspicuous! Oh well, suspended disbelief :)
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redchinese Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Student General Artist
you just have to love those hopeless guys with a crush, its just beyond cute
even if the guy isn't the shining knight in armor X3
i really love the colour choicesin this page and the photo integration- i've seen people try to paint people into photos and they usually stick out like sore thumbs, but every once in a while you find one that is really well done- this pg is a great example- and the rest of the page flows right with the photo its so cool :)
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