Starting September 30 and running through October 3, Egyptian comics artists Shennawy (co-founder of TokTok), Magdy ElShafee (author of Metro), and Twins Cartoon (the force behind Garage) will launch Egypt’s first-ever comics fest:

comix_lgIt will be a counterpoint to the big Festival International de la Bande Dessin茅e d’Alger (FIBDA), , set this year for October 6-10. The Algerian festival is now in its eighth year, and has attracted comix artists from around the world. FIBDA has given awards to some of the best in Arabic comics, including Egypt’s聽TokTok.聽The festival聽just announced the winners of their national contest; a jury meets this month to decide on the winners of their international awards.

The all-new Cairo Comix Fest will also present six awards: for Best Published Graphic Novel, Best Short Comics Story, Best Printed Magazine, Best Press Comic Strip, Best Digital Comics Series, and Best Project in Progress.

The full program isn’t yet available, but you can follow the festival on Facebook at聽