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Magdy El Shafee was born in Libya in 1961. He started a comic series for children in Alaa Eddin in 2003 and started publishing strips in El Dostoor in 2005. That year he also launched the first comics website in Arabic. He has published many underground and independent works in Egypt, and in 2006 was recognized by UNESCO. His book Metro, the first adult Arabic graphic novel in Egypt, was published in 2012.