Cartoon People celebrates its first comic book publication

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Cartoon People launches its first comic strip. Pictures: Courtesy

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Cartoon People launches its first comic strip. Pictures: Courtesy

“Cartoon People Festival” is a three-day cartoon exhibition that celebrates the creation of Cartoon People and their first comic book publication. The exhibition was open to all from September 23-25 ​​and is held in Moar, Gulshan.

The first day of the exhibition started on September 23 at 4 p.m. Ahsan Habib, prominent cartoonist and editor of Unmad, and Mohammad Ali Jewel, founder and CEO of Multimedia Kingdom, were the main guests of the event.

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“After a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have finally come together at this event to celebrate ‘Cartoon People Volume 1’, created by eighteen young Bangladeshi cartoonists,” said the founder of Cartoon People, Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy.

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Cartoon People Comics-1.

Cartoon People started its journey in 2016 with the intention of creating a national cartoon platform, where Bangladeshi cartoonists are appreciated and given proper guidance and opportunities.

“Designers now have more opportunities than before,” adds Tanmoy. “This gradual change was possible thanks to the advice of Ahsan Habib sir and the support of companies like Multimedia Kingdom. Today, we can encourage future Bangladeshi artists to draw local characters instead of following foreign trends.”

“The cartoonists are moving towards a better future with immense support and appreciation for this art form,” he shares.

Some of the exhibits featured in the event are – Humayun Heroes and Biggani Basu, an exhibit of all fan-made drawings of the iconic characters created by the late Humayun Ahmed; Gaantoon Caricature Exhibition: an exhibition featuring caricatures of Bangladeshi band members; Fight Against Corona cartoon exhibition: cartoons drawn to raise awareness during the Covid-19 period, and Character Design Challenge DCDC 10.

“Every good creation is built step by step, from figures of speech to cartoons, from comic books to graphic novels and animation,” he adds. “I want to thank Tanmoy and his young cartoonists for creating this community. They’re releasing a comic today, and hopefully we’ll see their home animation work in the future as well.”

The cartoons presented at the Cartoon People Festival were selected from online contests organized by Cartoon People during the Covid-19 lockdown. At the end of the first day, the winners of these competitions received badges and cash prizes from the eminent cartoonist Ahsan Habib himself.

Winners received a crest and cash prize from Ahsan Habib.

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Winners received a crest and cash prize from Ahsan Habib.

The first prize for the Humayun Heroes and Biggani Basu exhibition was won by Arafat Karim, and the second prize went to Rafiuzzaman Rhythom. The winner of the DCDC 10 Character Design Challenge was Nafis Kabir, and Anisul Samir was the runner-up.

Finally, the first prize in the cartoon exhibition Fight Against Corona went to Mahatab Rashid, while Rakeeb Razzaq and Sayed Fida Hossain received the second and third prizes respectively.

The exhibition is still ongoing and the Cartoon People Festival event ends today.

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