Twins Cartoon

Twins Cartoon is the pen name of the Egyptian twin brother’s duo Haitham and Mohamed Raafat El-seht, working together as comic book artists and cultural managers.

Twins Cartoon grew up reading comic books and studied together in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Animation Department, Minia University, in Upper Egypt.

Since graduating in 2008, Haitham and Mohamed, who agree to work best as a team, have been teaching the art of comics in workshops and festivals around Egypt & abroad.

Inspired by the cosmopolitan city of Cairo as a place holding a rich visual identity, culture, and different urban spaces, they drew their own artistic path trying to adapt with this strong unifying culture that coexists with super cultures, subcultures.

This led Haitham and Mohamed to form a cultural and artistic initiative named Kawkab El Rasameen - "Planet of Painters".

In the past decade, as independent artists and cultural actors, they have noticed the birth of a new generation of young artists who have great potential, but were being limited by the censorship and the strict, and sometimes harsh, regulations of the visual art market (especially Comics) in the Arab world, where comics were underestimated as a form of expression.

So, in 2014 the need was urgent and determined to form a tight knit cultural and artistic initiative which has initiated partnerships with individuals and organisations.

The Kawkab El Rasameen initiative has grown into a big community (with nearly 2000 active members).

This community is free for independent young artists, trying to help them by holding artistic gatherings indoor and outdoor in the streets of Egypt and various spots in the world, holding visual art and comics workshops between advanced, underground, and amateur artists.

Haitham and Mohamed are co-founders of Cairo Comix International Festival and they are also the driving force behind Garage Comics Magazine.

In 2015 Garage was a newcomer to the Arab comics scene. Since this date until now it is vitally important that the artists and the writers of the Garage collective have total creative freedom - not only for their own benefit, but to challenge the Egyptian and Arab public to take a new perspective on issues of the day.

They were honoured at the Mahmoud Kahil Awards through Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative (Beirut, Lebanon) for the "Cairo Comix International Festival", as the patron of comics in the Arab region, in March 2017.

And also honored at the Mahmoud Kahil Awards through Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative (Beirut, Lebanon), for the best graphic novel "Hudhud Al-Ghosn" in March 2019, the novel took a scoop on the topic of Nubian displacement in the 60s.

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