So here we meet again at the beginning of another week. Meet Sherif Adel, the only dentist that I know that does comics. Actually, Sherif and myself go way back. I’ve known him since Junior High School and we’ve been friends ever since. Back then, we used to draw a series of comics together that included all our friends and some made-up characters and produce them on a semi-regular basis. I continued on to enter the field of Design after a flirting briefly with the Fine Arts, and Sherif, or Sheefo as he is known to friends, pursued a lengthy career in dentistry, all while still maintaining his love for the arts, which is what I admire about him so much. It’s a pleasure to share the talent of an old friend with everyone.
I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?
S: I enjoyed doodling and drawing as early as I can remember. But If I had to pick a certain event, I remember having this project for my primary school class for which we were divided into groups and competed in quizzes. Our scores were written on a poster that was hanged on the classroom wall. I had to draw an icon for our group -which was called The Vampires- and I remember drawing Count Dracula strangling a victim, which my mother objected to and said was too violent, so I had to change it into the Count standing there surrounded by little bats. So you can say that’s my earliest memory of censorship as well.
I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?
S: Well, I’m currently doing two things that I’m equally passionate about; being a dentist and a cartoonist. I guess if I wouldn’t be doing that, I’d focus on either one exclusively. If I had to choose something else entirely, I’d be a veterinarian.
I: Inspiration, who? what? where?
S: I’ve always been inspired by comic books and video-games. Both, I have always been and still am obsessed with. With the big-break of the internet in the late Nineties, my inspiration source widened to include other artists from all over, through websites like Deviantart and such. My current internet muse is Tumblr.
I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.
S: This is a recent comic I did about the Egyptian revolution. I remember reading this tweet that said “I just want to know if there’s another boss after Tantawy (head of military board) or will it be game over.” and it made me think of Super Mario Bros. for NES -one of the very first games that I played- and the bit when you defeat the boss in each castle and instead of ending the game, you’re told “Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle”. And It made me think of how much that resembles when ex-president Mubarak was toppled, and everybody celebrated and went home thinking that it’s over, only to find out in a couple of months that it’s far from that. I think they call that an anticlimax in literature. On a side note, I enjoyed drawing Mubarak as Bowser so much.
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