American Univesity of Beirut

 1st Mahmoud Kahil Award 2016


MKA 2016 Winners 

Honorary Winners :

  • Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Award: Lujaina Assil

  • Comics Guardian Award: TokTok Magazine, founded by Shennawy, Makhlouf, Andeel, Hicham​ Rhma and Tawfiq.

Prize Winning Categories:

  • Editorial Cartoons: Amjad Rasmi
  • Graphic Novels: Ahmad Nady
  • Comic Strips: Mohammad ElMu’ti
  • Graphic Illustrations: Bahij Jaroudi
  • Children's book illustration: Azza Hussein 


The Mahmoud Kahil Award:

The Mahmoud Kahil Award is an award program under the Mu'taz and Rada Sawwaf Arab Comics Initiative at the American University of Beirut that aims to promote comics, editorial cartoons and illustration in the Arab world through the recognition of the rich talent and reative achievement of comics artists, cartoonists and illustrators in the region.​

The program was established in 2014 upon the initiative of Mr. Mu'taz Sawwaf to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the late Mahmoud Kahil, one of the leading cartoonists and caricaturists of the Arab World, and a former AUB graduate. An open call to submit artworks in the various categories of editorial cartoons, comics and illustration is launched annually. Winners are selected by an esteemed jury panel, and the winners are announced and honored at the annual awards ceremony.​

 The Award Categories:  ​

  • Editorial Cartoons ($10,000)
  • Graphic Novels ($10,000)
  • Comic Strips ($6,000)
  • Graphic Illustrations ($5,000)
  • Children’s Book Illustrations ($5,000)

Additionally, two honorary awards are given:

  • ​The Lifetime Achievement Hall of fame, recognizing an outstanding dedication and service for 
    a minimum of 25 years in the fields of graphic arts and cartoons.
  • The Comics Guardian Award, recognizing those who have extensively supported comics 
    and cartoons in the Arab world through preserving, collecting, promoting, publishing, teaching 
    or exhibiting this Art, and thereby contributing to the cultural heritage of the region.​

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