Art Alert: Egypt's first international comic festival

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Sep 2015

Comics fans will be delighted with Cairo Comics festival, which will bring them an exhibition, a competition, and a cosplay event

(Photo: Part of promotional material for Cairo Comix Festival)

Egyptian artists Mohammed Shennawy, Magdy El-Shafie and Twins Cartoon have collaborated to put together Egypt’s first large-scale comics event, CairoComix, an international festival dedicated to comics.

The festival will be made up of two parts; an exhibition of comics, and a competition for comic novels. Artists must submit work for either category in advance.

A panel will select winners for six awards: Best Published Graphic Novel, Best Short Comics Story, Best Printed Magazine, Best Press Comic Strip, Best Digital Comics Series, and Best Project in Progress.

The artists behind the events include Shennawy, co-founder of Tok Tok magazine in 2011 and manager of The 9th Art Foundation, Magdy El-Shafei, author of the graphic novel Metro, and Twins Cartoon, the brothers Mohammed and Haytham Ra'fat behind the recently launched Garage comic magazine and founders of Kawkab El-Rasameen.

The event will coincide with a cosplay event, a costume party where people dress up as a sci-fi, comic book, or anime characters.

Tickets can be bought online or on the door.


Events start on Wednesday 30 September and will run to Saturday 3 October, from 2pm to 11pm.

The cosplay event will take place on Friday 2 October

Greek Campus, 28 Falaki street, Bab El-Louk, Downtown

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