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Shubeik Lubeik

A graphic novel trilogy set in a fantastical Cairo where wishes are literally for sale, and the more expensive they are the more powerful their ability to fulfill your dreams.

Winner of Best Graphic Novel and the Grand Prix of the Cairo Comix Festival, Part I of Shubeik Lubeik was published in Arabic (2018) by Dar elMahrousa, with Parts II and III set to be published in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

All three parts are set to be published as a collected volume in English by Pantheon Books (US) and Granta Books (UK) in 2021.


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QAHERA

Qahera is a bilingual webcomic starring a female, visibly Muslim, Egyptian superheroine that tackles social issues, such as Islamophobia and misogyny.

Qahera has been featured by a lot of news outlets, such as the BBC and Foreign Policy, and is on the cover of two books by the Harvard Press. It also won the award for Best Digital Comic Series in the first edition of the Cairo Comix Festival (2015.)

 

PORTFOLIO

Comics

An overview of selected sequential art work for personal projects and client work in various formats and art styles.

Illustration

Illustration work including backgrounds, scenery and editorial illustrations. Client and personal work.

character

Character-centric artwork that features my Illustrated Egyptians project, character design and concepts.

 
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About

Hi! I am Deena Mohamed, an Egyptian illustrator and designer. I first started making comics at eighteen, with my webcomic Qahera about a visibly muslim Egyptian superhero that addresses social issues such as islamophobia and misogyny. 

My debut graphic novel, Shubeik Lubeik, is an urban fantasy about wishes. It is published in Arabic in Egypt by Dar El Mahrousa and was awarded Best Graphic Novel and the Grand Prize of the Cairo Comix Festival (2017.) It was part of the exhibition on Contemporary Arab Comics at the Museum of Comics (musée de la bande dessinée) in Angoulême, where I was also an artist-in-residence for three months at the maison des auteurs. The English translation for all three parts of  Shubeik Lubeik has been acquired by Pantheon Books for North America and Granta for the UK, for publication in spring 2021. I am represented by Anjali Singh, Pande Literary.

Some other exhibitions I’ve participated in include L'Escale (Angoulême, 2017), Superheroes Wanted (Berlin, 2018) and Arts, Activism and Research (York, 2018). 

When I’m not working on my own comics, I also do freelance illustrations for local and international clients such as Viacom, UN Women, Nazra for Feminist Studies,  Harrassmap and Mada Masr. I love working on projects that involve community development, awareness and outreach (particularly editorial illustrations) as well as childrens’ books.

Other than that, I am largely asleep. I work and reside in Cairo.

You can contact me at deenadraws@gmail.com

WHERE I’M AT

 

August 23rd - october 2019:

Happy to announce I will be at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire for a two-month artist fellowship from August until October!

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LATEST PRESS (english)

Middle East Eye: What does it take to be an Arab feminist in 2019?

At the Shubbak Literary Festival in London, two generations of writers discussed the meaning of feminism in the Arab world [continue reading]


BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking: Language and Belonging

Preti Taneja talks to the winner of the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize, Guy Gunaratne, Egyptian graphic novelist Deena Mohamed, poet and broadcaster, Michael Rosen, Iranian-American author Dina Nayeri and Somali-British poet Momtaza Mehri. [listen]


MADAMASR: Shubeik Lubeik: An urban fantasy about wishes

In her debut graphic novel Shubeik Lubeik (2018), young graphic novelist Deena Mohamed Yehia (1994) draws a parable that evokes a fantastical present-day Cairo where the dreams and wishes of the populace are commodified, sold in bottles at supermarkets and local convenience stores. [continue reading]


Qahera is an Egyptian hijabi comic hero who uses her super powers to address pressing societal issues online. Her creator Deena Mohamed, a 24-year old artist and graphic designer, talks to Alsharq about the character of Qahera, her Muslim feminist message and the experience of creating her web comic. Lissy Kleer and Clara Taxis interviewed her for Alsharq. [continue reading]


On this New Year’s eve edition of Beyond Belief, Ernie Rea discusses how the idea of heroes has developed, why those characters often have supernatural as well as superhuman dimensions and what religious and cultural meaning underlines their enduring appeal. [listen]


Drawing inspiration in the diverse and heavily saturated field of comics art sounds like an easy task, but developing a visual and narrative identity that is accessible and enjoyable to a local audience is what Deena Mohamed set out to do. Deena is 24 year old trying to keep her balance “on the edge between overwhelmed-with-work and unemployed. I am an artist. Most of the time I am a comic artist,” she told me.

Deena has already published the first graphic novel in a trilogy she named Shubeik Lubeik and is currently juggling between marketing that, writing the two sequels to it, and freelancing. She may already be known to you for Qahera, a Superhero comic-strip she started in 2013, or her #Inktober blowout this year. [continue reading]

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