Egypt's comic magazine TokTok, established in 2011, will release its 13th edition on 14 February at Townhouse Gallery for Contemporary Art in downtown Cairo.
Alongside the launch of the latest edition of the award-winning publication, Saturday's event will feature two new releases: Hadath Bel Fe'l (True Story) and El-Sab'eena.
Hadath Bel Fe'l is a product of 24 Hour Comics, a comic marathon where artists are asked to produce a full illustrated story in 24 hours. The final publication, which will be released on Saturday, features works by 24 artists. The event will include a book signing and an exhibition showcasing the illustrations as standalone artworks.
Meanwhile, El-Sab'eena will also put out its first issue. The content of the paperback was developed through a comic workshop organised by The 9th Art, a project that aims to promote and support comic book culture in Egypt.
“We wanted to have a comic magazine that is close to the spirit of the Egyptian street, in easy language,” El-Shennawy, one of TokTok's founders, told an Ahram Online reporter in 2011.
One of the main inspirations for TokTok is the comic book Flash, which was very popular in Egypt in the nineties.
The art of comics in Egypt reached a peak in the 1960s and 70s with artists such as Ahmed Hegazy, Mohie El-Dine El-Labad and Bahgat Osman.
February 14, 5pm
Townhouse Gallery for Contemporary Art
10 Nabrawy St., off Champollion St. Cairo