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Islamic superheroes win prize

16/06/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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An award was presented last week to Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa at The Cartoons and Comics Festival in Recife, Brazil in recognition of his creation of the comic book project The 99. The 99 is the world's first superhero team based exclusively on Islamic culture. It is being released for publication through Teshkeel Media Group, a company that Dr. Al-Mutawa founded.

"Although I am honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious award," said Dr. Al-Mutawa, "the real winners here are The 99 themselves. This is a concept whose time has come and one that will forever change the way our children view such things as multiculturalism, cooperation and our own cultural heritage."

The FIHQ award has had its share of recipients in the past. Included are the late American comic writer, artist and entrepreneur, Will Eisner; Don Rosa, who served as an illustrator for Disney for many years; French cartoonist Jano; as well as Peter Kuper, whose comic illustrations appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD magazine.

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