Discipline: Literature – fiction

Deena Mohamed

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Cairo, EGYPT
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Deena Mohamed is an Egyptian designer and illustrator. She first began making comics at 18 when she created the viral webcomic strip “Qahera.” The comic addresses social issues and featured a visibly Muslim Egyptian super-heroine. It has been featured in multiple local and international outlets such as the BBC, Foreign Policy, The Times, Al Arabiya, and others, and has also been on the cover of two books published by the Harvard Press as well as the subject of multiple academic articles and journals. It was awarded Best Digital Comic Series by the Cairo Comix Festival (2015).

Her debut graphic novel, Shubeik Lubeik, was published in Arabic in 2018 and won two awards: Best Graphic Novel and the Grand Prize for the Cairo Comix Fesitval (2017), and was on display the musée de la bande dessinée in Angoulême as part of the Arab Comics Today exhibition. The English translation was recently acquired by Pantheon Books (US) and Granta Books (UK). In 2017 she was named by The Washington Post as one of “five women changing the world for the better” on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

At MacDowell in 2019, Deena completed the second volume of her award-winning graphic novel trilogy, Shubeik Lubeik. She drafted, inked, and lettered more than 150 pages. It was to be published in Arabic by Dar El-Mahrousa in November 2019. During her residency, she was featured on a panel at New York Comic Con.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Shubeik Lubeik (Graphic novel trilogy)


Irving Fine

Deena Mohamed worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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