how to use comics to stimulate creative industries : skefkef experience
Comics and creative industries :
Beirut 26 March 2015
Who am I?
Mohamed 29 years old from
Casablanca, and doing what I love to
do : being a digital communication
advisor, cultural and social worker, I
own a startup that help brands and
people to get in touch with their
audience trough digital channels and
Who’s who ? : Open Taqafa
Open Taqafa is a platform :
a platform that aims to promote : culture and
technology, open source, and knowledge and free
licenses, micro culture, mixing and remixing between
disciplines, we organize a lot of event and we manage
a lot of project I can mention :
Open Taqafa Days, Summerlab Casablanca, Skefkef
Fanzine, Cosmos fanzine, BPR, Glitch Noise Jams… etc
And we are involved in a big network of makers,
permaculture, illustration, design … etc
We struggle : Arab worlds, no
resources, lost, no educations,
nothing, problems, You know what I
We are living in a country without
resources but the best one is Youth :
The answer : Creative industries
What are Creative Industries?
“...those industries which have their origin in
individual creativity, skill and talent which
have a potential for job and wealth creation
through the generation and exploitation of
('Creative Industries Mapping Document', DCMS,
How you can build creative industries ?
There is so many to build creative
industries the best one is when
you build it your self it can drive
drastic change on economy in
general here is our case study:
What is skefkef ? Fanzines ?
Is an independent Moroccan comics
Fanzine the first issue was made in an
artist residency hold by the open Taqafa.
The collaboration gather Moroccan comics
and digital painting artists and also bring
artist from the Arab world.
The ideas comes after the first try of a
Moroccan comics Sci-Fi called Cosmos.
One of the Open Taqafa days we have decided to
make the general theme about : auto-edition,
digital edition and then one of the activities was :
the artist residency of making a comics fanzine,
Salah meet, Mohammed Shennawy in Egypt and
they have Tok Tok a simulate something like what
we want to do so we did bring him to change
experiences and to have his expertise with us.
We made the issue number 1 it was a total success
so we have decided to do the 2 and the 3 and we
are now preparing the 4th
Creative industries and skefkef fanzine
So why the skefkef experience is relevant
for the creative industries :
If you go back a little bite and observe the
blockbusters you will notice that too many
of them are based on comics.
This is why we started doing a comics book
and then we started to produce product
related to comics with almost no budget :
showing that is possible.