GOG, the first Kurdish comic book for children, is being prepared for publication.
In addition to foreign cartoon characters such as Red Kit, Yakari, Thorgal, and Milo, the comic will also include Kurdish stories. Cartoonist and illustrator Imam Cici is leading the project, which he says has been his dream for 25 years.
The magazine takes its name from an ancient Kurdish children’s play known as “nine stones”. GOG was designed mainly as a comic and will be published in the Kurmanji and Zazakî dialects of Kurdish. It will be published online for a fee at: www.gog-weneroman.com.
If the project receives sufficient support, it will be presented to children in printed form. A campaign was launched on the online donation site fongogo.com to make the project sustainable.
“I have been doing work for children for years”, says Cici. “Now that the pressure on Kurds across the country has again increased, I thought about how to contribute to Kurdish freedom and resistance and focused on this project”.
“I feel sorry about my native language so I decided to contribute something”, says Cici, adding that he believes that comics are a very good way to communicate with children.