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The Guide for Using Life: A Graphic Novel and Exhibition

In late November 2014, Cairo based journalist and author Ahmed Naji and comic and storyboard artist Ayman Al-Zorkany launched their new novel, titled The Use of Life at Medrar in Cairo. The novel which develops over three time periods and is inspired by life in Cairo was published by Dar Al Tanweer. It follows a non traditional structure where a mixture of standard and colloquial Arabic as well as illustrations complete different parts of the story. 

The book signing event was accompanied by a week-long exhibition of illustrations and sketches from the book, as well as an animated video. Zorkany envisioned the solo show as a "guide" to the book, outlining his process for developing storyboards and how he worked with Naji on building it.

 



[This video was produced by Medrar TV and is featured in partnership with Jadaliyya Culture]

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