A few days ago I heard about Aranim in a conversation with a client. Then I read this article in Variety, which talks about the latest developments in the Jordan’s nascent film industry.
Aranim has set up an impressive online gallery with Arab inspired comics artwork. Very impressive stuff but very little details on project specifics. It seems that this company, founded by a certain Suleiman Bakhit (could not find much info on the man online) is out to develop comics and games that provide Arab kids with positive role models.
This is happening, apparently, in cooperation with the King Abdullah fund for Development, and is attracting talent from outside Jordan.
I found this interview with Brazilian comic artist Eduardo Francisco. Of his involvement with Aranim he says:
Right now I am working along with Suleiman Bakhit, who is building a new comic, animation and game studio set up in the country of Jordan. The objective is to produce amazing characters and stories using Middle Eastern mythology.I leave you with some images from Aranim’s online gallery. For more, check out their site..
The company is a partnership with the King Abdullah Development Fund. The reason for the involvement of the fund is because the fund is very interested in developing the comic and animation industry in their country. The youth in the Middle East lack any real positive role models and stories that can inspire them in a positive manner. Suleiman is very interested and driven to bring the positive aspect of their culture to the world for the sake of their youth and to share some of the rich Arabic culture with the rest of the world. I feel much honor to be apart of this project.
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