Tok Tok

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Tok Tok
Categories Comic magazine
Frequency Quarterly
First issue 1 January 2011; 7 years ago (2011-01-01)
Country Egypt
Based in Cairo
Language Arabic
Website Tok Tok

Tok Tok is a quarterly Arabic comic magazine published in Cairo, Egypt. It is the first independent self-published comic magazine in the country.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Tok Tok was first published on 1 January 2011.[2][3] The founders of the magazine are five Egyptian graphic artists, namely Shennawy, Makhlouf, Hisham Rahma, Andil, and Tawfeek.[4] They are also contributors of the magazine which funds itself.[1][5] The goal of the magazine is to offer a forum for Egypt's comic scene and for informing people about their predecessors using comics and graphics.[6]

The title of the magazine, Tok Tok, is a three-wheeled covered scooter used as a main method of motorized transportation in areas and roads in Egyptian cities where cars cannot be used.[2][7] The magazine’s tagline is “the stop for graphic stories”[2] and the cover page also contains the statement, “to be kept out of the reach of children”.[7]

The target audience of Tok Tok are adults.[4] Based in Cairo, the magazine contains graphic short stories[8] and satirical comics.[9] The stories published are mostly about love, joblessness, the attitudes of the elders and the authorities or the chaos of Cairo.[10] The magazine has been supported by various European cultural institutes.[11]

In 2011, the magazine won the second prize in the best independent comic magazine section at the International Festival of Comics in Algeria (FIBDA).[9][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sarah Mourad (24 May 2014). "Tok Tok comic magazine animates Egyptian life". The Cairo Post. Cairo. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tok Tok: Real Life Comics from Egypt". Muftah. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Marie-Jeanne Berger (9 May 2013). "Egypt: Art and the Revolution". Fair Observer. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Jenifer Evans (13 January 2011). "Tok Tok: A magazine marks a new era for Egyptian comics". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Local graphic arts magazine launches second issue". Daily News Egypt. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Charlotte Bank (2012). "Swimming against the Tide". Goethe Institute. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Egyptian Comic Magazine Drawing Increased Attention". Connected in Cairo. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "TokTok: The Birth of An Egyptian Comic Magazine". Mashareeb. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Award-winning TokTok magazine celebrates first anniversary". Ahram Online. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "New Egypt comic artists push limits of expression". Daily Mail. Cairo. AP. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Muhib Gameel (30 September 2014). "Egyptian comics: A history with a revolutionary flavor". Al Akhbar. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Canan Marasligil (17 October 2011). "A Dispatch from FIDBA, the International Comics Festival of Algeria". Words without Borders. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 

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