Aug 27, 2008

Walt Disney of the Arab World?

Suleiman Ma'rouf Al-Bakhit has founded Aranim, what seems to be one of the first Arabic Comic-book companies. Here's an interesting article about his company:

He started on his own, but then got funding from King Abdullah Development Fund (not sure if he got $2-3 million or if he's waiting for that amount in the next 3 years, article not clear).

He complains about lack of comic cartoonists in Jordan and the Arab world. He pays freelance artists from all over the world to turn his sketches into actual comics. I hope this will eventually garner enough interest in Jordan to produce able local artists.

seems like a nice beginning. good luck Suleiman.

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