Tok Tok

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Tok Tok
Categories Comic magazine
Frequency Quarterly
First issue10 January 2011 (2011-01-10)
Final issue
October 2020
Country Egypt
Based in Cairo
Language Arabic
Website Tok Tok

Tok Tok was a quarterly Arabic comic magazine published in Cairo, Egypt. It was the first independent self-published comic magazine in the country [1] and was in circulation between 10 January 2011 and 2020.


History and profile

Tok Tok was first published on 10 January 2011. [2] [3] [4] The founders of the magazine were five Egyptian graphic artists, namely Shennawy, Makhlouf, Hisham Rahma, Andil, and Tawfeek. [5] They were also contributors of the magazine which funded itself. [1] [6] However, later the magazine was financially supported by the European Union. [7] The goal of the magazine was to offer a forum for Egypt's comic scene and for informing people about their predecessors using comics and graphics. [8]

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. [3] [9] The magazine’s tagline was “the stop for graphic stories” [3] and the cover page also contains the statement, “to be kept out of the reach of children”. [9]

The target audience of Tok Tok were adults. [5] Based in Cairo, the magazine contained graphic short stories [10] and satirical comics. [11] The stories published were mostly about love, joblessness, the attitudes of the elders and the authorities or the chaos of Cairo. [12] The characters featured in the magazine were from the local heritage and experiences. [13]

Tok Tok was supported by various European cultural institutes during its lifetime. [14] In 2011, the magazine won the second prize in the best independent comic magazine section at the Algiers International Comics Festival in Algeria (FIBDA). [11] [15] The last issue of Tok Tok, #16, was published in October 2020.

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