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Comix aim to turn heads and pages in Cairo

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Comix aim to turn heads and pages in Cairo

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Cairo has been celebrating comic books in all their glory with Egypt Comix Week.

It is the first time such an event has taken place in the Egyptian capital, bringing together the works of Egyptian, French and German artists, among many others, all under one roof.

Many of the homegrown artists involved told euronews that it had been an invaluable creative and cultural exchange.

Egyptian artist Mouna Albaghdadi said: “There are a lot of artists in Egypt and lots of comics, but unfortunately we don’t have the ability to publish but we hope to, one day.”

There is no shortage of comic book artists in Egypt but support has been missing which means the wider public mostly remains in the dark. But the organisers of Egypt Comic week hope to change that by highlighting the industry’s enormous success and growth across Europe.

Jean-Pierre Mercier, from France’s Angouleme Cartoon Musuem said: “The fact that comics can give information, and point of views of real artists, in this situation is really interesting. Personally I am amazed by the maturity of all these young artists here.”

New story-telling techniques have created a stir in Cairo such as the use of 3D, giving readers a different experience if they’re equipped with 3D glasses.

Our Cairo correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim says nowadays comic book art is increasingly being considered among the most important art forms and a novel way of illustrating and storytelling: “Every country has its unique stories and experiences. The majority of the art on show here reflects the daily problems of Egyptians in the hope of attracting readers and making them interact with the story,” added Shaikhibrahim.

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