'Draw Muhammad' artist gains a surprising client -- in Pakistan [UPDATED]
courtesy of Molly Norris
The cartoonist whose artwork sparked last month's global "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" campaign has a new client, but not one you might expect: A newspaper in Pakistan.
Seattle artist Molly Norris tells Comic Riffs that the Pakistan Express Tribune approached her about creating cartoons for the paper and that she has submitted one about France's face-veil ban.
"i was surprised and delighted that an editor for Pakistan's the Express Tribune asked me to submit a few editorial cartoons," Norris tells 'Riffs. "I haven't heard if they have or will run them but I feel honored.
Talk about full circle. Norris was approached by the Pakistan newspaper even as some Muslims in Pakistan were continuing to criticize the "Draw Muhammad" Facebook campaign -- the campaign that itself was spawned by Norris's recent cartoon meant as a show of support for the censored creators of TV's "South Park." Shortly after her "Draw Muhammad" cartoon went viral, Norris distanced herself from the Facebook campaign and the event, even joining an anti-"Draw Muhammad" Facebook page.
Facebook users in Pakistan can no longer access the primary "Everybody Dream Mohammed Day!" page, according to PCWorld. Facebook said Tuesday it decided to block users in Pakistan "out of respect for local standards and customs."
PCWorld adds that Facebook "adopted a similar approach in India about a week ago when it was approached by Indian authorities in connection with the page, which has annoyed Muslims in many countries."
The Pakistan government recently lifted its block on Facebook.
As for Norris, she mentions her recent cultural outreach efforts and has noted on her blog that "she recently attended Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) annual Seerah conference. MAPS started this conference after the Danish cartoon situation occurred four years ago. ... The people there could not have been more gracious in welcoming me."
Norris tells 'Riffs: "Now that I am getting to know some Muslims in my area and learning about them both as individuals and about their culture, it's true -- I am acquiring a new layer of the world to dream up cartoons through."
| June 3, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
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