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    Cairo’s Comics Scene Gives Voice to Political Dissidence

    They’re drawing on inspiration. After Egyptians overthrew strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011, a brief respite from censorship gave way to the emergence of political art, including graffiti and independent comics. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s seizure of power in 2013 brought repression back, but while harsh laws have cracked down on street art, underground comics and graphic novels have lived on. At the annual Cairo Comix Festival, local artists gather to share stories steeped in sexual, political and religious dissent, drawing together to keep the revolutionary spirit alive.

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