comics portfolio: a selection of sequential artwork across the years for various projects
Shubeik Lubeik (2015-current)
Shubeik Lubeik is my primary comics project - a bilingual graphic novel trilogy about wishes, to be released in three parts in Arabic (the first is already published) and in English as a collected volume by Pantheon in 2021.
Shubeik Lubeik is illustrated in black and white, with a color introduction for each part. This was primarily to make it as easy to mass-produce as possible for print in Egypt, but the solid black shading also became an integral part of the storytelling. A lot of the stylistic choices were made to pay homage to the legacy of Egyptian comics (which exists!) in exaggerated facial features and expressions, combined with my own style.
It also plays fast and loose with layout - frequently using splash pages without any panels for emphasis and metaphors, and employing Arabic calligraphy to its fullest potential both for lettering and for illustration. For example, the genies in this novel are formed out of Arabic calligraphy that spells out the phrase a genie is asking, such as “What is your heart’s greatest desire?”
PAGE & SPREAD SAMPLES
Qahera is an ongoing bilingual webcomic since 2013. As a webcomic that is primarily created to address social issues and prioritises content over form, it has been subject to a variety of stylistic changes as my art style grew and developed, but is always recognisable by its greyscale aesthetic.
The greyscale is also used as a visual motif: the protagonist in shades of grey, the antagonists frequently in black and white. Qahera is where I first learned to create comics and as such has been a very experimental journey. It is always vertically oriented to satisfy webcomic formats, and usually constrained to a maximum of 10 pages per comic.
HARASSMAP CONSENT CAMPAIGN (2018)
This was a series of situational comics created to translate and introduce the concept of “consent” in various contexts in collaboration with Harassmap. Since the campaign was primarily for distribution on social media it was created as a series of short strips, each highlighting a different aspect of consent, at first as simple metaphors and then in literal situations. It was illustrated with simplicity & humor to balance the seriousness of the topic, and in bright colors to attract attention on screens.
CENTER FOR APPLIED HUMAN RIGHTS COMICS
Illustrations based on responses to the questions "What factors make you feel insecure?" and "What factors make you feel secure?" from interviews with human rights defenders at risk in Egypt. The research project 'Navigating Risk, Managing Security, and Receiving Support' was led by Dr Alice Nah at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York.
These comics in particular were created to reflect the jarring and unsettling tone of the responses, using uncomfortable colors and jagged lines for the questions about insecurity. They were also created to be read with vertical scrolling on screens. Please view the project page for the full reading experience.