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February 17, 2020
Image above: Sherif Adel, Tokyo based Egyptian Cartoonist
Hailing from Cairo, Egypt and currently residing in Tokyo, Japan, Sherif creates cultural mashups from his home country and other places around the world. Using humor and good-natured satire, Sherif's work shows that we might not be so different after all.
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Sherif Adel: Wacom Cintiq - iPad Pro, illustration and sequential art. 7 years
SA: I enjoy mashing up concepts of Egyptian and western pop culture. As a cartoonist, I find myself always connecting dots between different concepts and cultures and trying to bring humor out of it.
Above: Omda-Samurai オムダ侍 Art Print by Sherif Adel, a satirical mashup of the Egyptian Omda and the Japanese Samurai Warrior. Exclusively for Blue With Envy, $15
SA: I think Egyptians became more aware of alternative art mediums than they're typically used to. Most people are inspired to create art and express themselves through it.
SA: I would say art here is ingrained in the Japanese culture. You can notice it in things like food preparation, where the visual presentation of the food is as important as how it tastes. Not to mention in various activities that Japanese people enjoy, like flower arrangement and fireworks watching. I’d say art in Japan is an integral part of the culture rather than a hobby or a luxury.
Above: Tokyo-based, Egyptian cartoonist, Sherif Adel
SA: I admire the work of many Egyptian artists: Hatem Aly (Metahatem), Mohamed Salah (Abusalah), Aly Galal (Alycature) and Hefnawy, to name a few.
SA: I think the current economy does not make much room for the art and comics market. Many consider it a luxury and even more expect it to be free. Egyptian artists should be more business oriented and should learn how to market themselves, especially in the current age of social media.
SA: I love Japan’s nature and the fact that you’re surrounded by greenery most of the time. Aside from that, as a cartoonist I appreciate that comics as a visual language is understood by most. It’s common to see instruction signs at a train station made as a comic with panels and speech bubbles and all. I miss the Egyptian brand of humor, most of all. I think there’s a specific type of sarcasm that we have in Egypt that doesn’t really exist in other parts of the world. And I miss طعمية (Egyptian style falafel) of course.
SA: Allow me to reply with this meme:
SA: Keep creating and keep expressing yourself. It is a pleasure in of itself.
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