Taking its name from the small ‘toktok’ car that people take on the side streets of Cairo, TokTok: the Station of Comics will launch its second issue today, April 10th at the Institut Français d'Egypte (French Culture Centre) in Mounira at 7PM.
Three months ago, on January 9th, TokTok launched its first issue at the Townhouse Factory Space in Downtown Cairo. Issues were swept off the tables as crowds gathered to buy copies of the purple comic book, whose cover carried a caricature of a traffic police man taking down a car license number. Made up of 44 pages of comic strips and cartoons, the first issue of TokTok featured ten artists, their humour, daily experiences and their own vision of Egyptian society. The issue was dedicated to the brilliant artist Mohie Eddin El Labad, who passed away in September 2010.
TokTok distinguishes itself from other famous comic books that target children, such as the Mickey Comics; TokTok is a space for artists to 'crowd' together and display their art in. On the cover of its first issue, the team behind the comic book described TokTok as a 'traffic jam of comics drawn and sketched by free and contemporary souls, and edited by the artists themselves.'
Published every quarterly, Toktok’s artists have asked for contributions ‘[To] move faster to reach its readers and communicate with all the artists of the ninth art (comics) in Egypt and outside it; and to join new waves and festivals of this art around the world. So depending on your mental, artistic and financial fuel, TokTok will go faster and faster!’
Open to any artists that would like to participate with their own comics, TokTok welcomes contributions on their website or on their Facebook page. You can also read and browse through the first issue on their website.
TokTok 's first issue featured Hisham Rahma, Shinawy, Tawfeeq and Mona Sonbol among others. The first story was a rendition of a short story in Ibrahim Aslaan's latest book, and the second was a remake of 'Tambul, Shambul and Bahloul', who were characters created by Hegazy, the cartoonist in Sameer Comics in 1964. Katharina Kriel also contributed to the first issue with some of the sketches that she took of people in coffee shops in Downtown Cairo during her visit to the city.
As the second issue will launch today, the event is expected to be very crowded with people cramming to read the new issue, which will definitely feature the January 25th revolution and the awakening of the Egyptian society.