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”