Opening Tomorrow: The Third Annual CairoComix Festival

At the drawing concert, live music by Bent Al Masarwa will be combined with live drawing by celebrated Egyptian artist Doaa Adel. Advertisements

Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Rabee Jaber and Kareem James Abu-Zeid Win 2017 PEN Center USA Translation Award for ‘Confessions’Categories: comics Participating artists include Tunisian comics artist   Seif Eddine Nechi; Egyptian writer-artist   Mohamed Salah; Lebanese comics artists   Karen Keyrouz and   Rawand Issa, both from the Zeez collective; Libyan comics artist   Abdullah Hadia; celebrated Lebanese comics artist and   Samandal   co-founder Lena Merhej; and French artist Golo. According to festival organizers, “80 participants from many Arab countries sent their works to compete for CairoComix award for best comics stories with an increase of 20% over the previous two tournaments.” Many of these comics stories were, according to organizers, “specially designed to participate in the festival as if it encouraged an atmosphere of artistic production and publishing in the field of graphic storytelling, thus fulfilling some of its most important goals.”
CairoComix is also notable in having a strong track record of celebrating and rewarding the work of women writers and artists, as well as attracting an audience that’s nearly gender balanced to its events. CairoComix also presents a number of annual prizes, including: Best Published Graphic Novel in Arabic, Best Short Comics Story, Best Printed Magazine, Best Press Comic Strip, Best Digital Comics Series, and Best Project in Progress. The third annual Cairo International Comics Festival — or #CairoComix3 — opens tomorrow at the American University in Cairo’s Tahrir campus, featuring special guests, workshops, exhibitions, signings, a “drawing concert” and more:
The festival, which won the “Comics Guardian Award” from this year’s Mahmoud Kahil Awards, will be held over three days, September 22-24. The second exhibition, titled “SENDAS: Tracks, was organised by Al Fanar Fundaçion, and focuses on Spanish comics, including the work of 11 Spanish artists. It will feature   seven main events, fourteen core artists, and many opportunities to work, learn, and buy new comics. There are two featured exhibitions, the first of which is title “Tanablah” for the works of the late artist Mahmoud Higazi, who influenced a number of artists.