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14


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TokTok: The Birth Of An Egyptian Comic Magazine


Finally!…yes, finally! Egyptian comics have a new home and it’s called TokTok!

Mashareeb attended on the 9th of January the launch of a new Egyptian comics magazine by the name of TokTok.

The launch event was held at The Townhouse Gallery in Downtown Cairo. There was some media to cover the event, the artists were there signing copies, chit chatting with fans and taking pictures with them.

TokTok is a 100% pure Egyptian comics magazine, created by a bunch of young Egyptian comic artists, that will be released seasonally (every 3 or 4 months). The first issue (Isuue #0) was distributed at the launch event and all 500 copies sold out. Luckily, the creators of the magazine are planning on printing more copies and distributing them.

The magazine contains short graphic novels (from 1 to 4 pages) by artists like Shennawy, Makhlouf, Andil, Tawfeek, Hisham Rahma, Khaled Abdel Aziz and Mona Sonbol. The artwork of the magazine is fascinating and the Egyptian spirit can be felt in all the stories and the drawing styles. The whole thing is not just graphic novels and comic strips, it also contains a short story, a poem and a section dedicated for talking about the history of Egyptian comic artists and their work (wich is a GREAT idea!).

Their website is very interesting too, you can check it out right here (www.toktokmag.com). If you do comics, you can participate by sending them your work while following their submission specifications. And if comics are not your thing, you can submit background artwork for the website (their background changes frequently!). All the info you need for submissions can be found here.

It’s been a while since Egypt had its own comic magazine and Egypt is no way near being short of great comic artists. We can’t express how happy we are with the launch of TokTok, it’s like a dream finally come true. We wish the magazine’s team success and we are already looking forward for issue #1!

We’ll leave you with this interview Shennawy and Makhlouf made with “Saba7 El Kheir Ya Masr

Nov
09


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Ta3meya Man: Issue #2


Story and illustrations by HComic

Oct
29


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Ganzeer: The Alias of Mohamed Fahmy

Back in the days, when City Stars was a brand new mall, do you remember that t-shirt printing shop downstairs that had drawings all over its walls? No? Well never mind. Have you ever been to Euro Deli in Heliopolis? Nope? Never mind again. These mentioned places, are just places where Ganzeer‘s work can been seen all over their walls.

Ganzeer, or Mohamed Fahmy, is an Egyptian visual artist with a very distinct and unique style of drawing. What makes him stand out of the crowd is the Egyptian twist that can always be found in his illustrations and the various styles he uses in his work. He has done a lot of designing work for magazines, events, projects and musicians.

We are going to be shedding some light on some of his most distinctive work but if you want the full picture, from the man himself, we encourage you to go check out his blog.

He is currently working on a new website that is going to be released very soon, but his old outdated one; which also has a lot of his work, is still up for viewing right here.

We will surely cover more of Ganzeer‘s work in upcoming posts, for now, enjoy these!

Some of Ganzeer’s work:

- Slip of the Tongue / زلة لسان

A group show called “Why Not?”, featuring up to 45 artists, took place at the Palace of the Arts at the Cairo Opera House on February 2010 featuring up to 45 artists.

Ganzeer‘s corner, Slip of the tongue/زلة لسان, was one of the most notable ones at the show that it was featured in the Egyptian publication El Masry El Yom.

You can check out Ganzeer‘s paintings from the exhibition right here.

-  Ruins of The Future / أطلال المستقبل

This is an 80-page piece of sci-fi graphic novel that takes place in Egypt, created by Ganzeer and George Azmy (yes, the stand-up comedian…he draws too).

Unfortunately, we could not get our hands on an issue so we can read it and tell you more about it but we can tell from these snaps that the novel has Pharaoh robots, guns and shooting, which can only mean…awesomemess!

- Ramadan E7na

This illustration by Ganzeer, criticizing the behavior of the Egyptian people in the holy month of Ramadan, was featured a couple of years ago in E7na Magazine. It is a great example for Ganzeer‘s unique drawing style (with that Egyptian twist we talked about earlier) and characters design.

Oct
18


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Ta3meya Man: Issue #1

Story and illustrations by HComic

Oct
11


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Major Mag: Major Step

Following the steps of Teenstuff and Campus magazine, we have a third Egyptian English publication that we would love to welcome with open arms.

Even though Major Mag is one year old, it has recently became viral among the facebook and twitter Egyptian society. They grabbed our attention through their facebook page and profile and we were very curious to know more about them.

The magazine team describes themselves as

“a free Egyptian English publication that’s not only entertaining and informative, but also inspiring and captivating. It grabs readers’ attention with its intelligence, style, and wit.”

They just got a new website, which we were very eager to check out and we were not disappointed at all.

www.majormag.com has a very simple yet attractive design. the website sections are not done yet but we can’t wait to see what the Major Mag team has to offer for us.

The most interesting part about the website (and the only one available at this point) is THE MAG section.

Their latest issue “The Underground Issue” is available for reading (and yeah, for free) and hopefully sometimes in the future, all the issues will be available too.

We recommend you to start following them on Facebook or Twitter


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