'Stone Soup' Creator Jan Eliot to Appear at Cartoon Confab in Algiers

By: E&P Staff Jan Eliot, creator of the Universal Uclick syndicated strip "Stone Soup," will represent the United States at the second annual Festival International de la Bande Dessinee d'Alger cartoon exhibition in Algiers from Oct. 14-18.

There, she will join a panel of 12 women to discuss issues facing female cartoonists as part of one of the festival?s major themes, ?Women Storming the Comics.? The panel will also feature female cartoonists from Canada, Western Europe, the Middle East and six African countries.

Eliot understands the topic well, recently writing on her blog, "I struggled in the early days of my career against an attitude of 'We already have a woman cartoonist, why do we need another?'"

The festival also includes book signings, movie screenings, sketching sessions and presentations. As part of her trip, Eliot will make an appearance on a morning news-style program on Algiers TV on Oct. 13, and will visit an orphanage to lead children in an art project in an event arranged by the U.S. Embassy.

After the festival, she will travel to Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, and Tetouan in Morocco, speaking at Fine Arts Schools, meeting with artists and cartoonists, and interviewing with various regional publications.

"Stone Soup" tells the story of an extended, blended family, focusing on two working-mom sisters living across the fence from each other. The strip appears in more than 200 newspapers in six countries, and there are seven "Stone Soup" collections in print.


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