The stall this year, boasts their signature style of cartoon and is bringing out two new books this year
South Asia’s oldest monthly satire magazine, Unmad, keeps drawing large crowds every year at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair to purchase their famous yearly volumes and special editions.
This year was no different, with large crowds, both young and old, gathered around the stall, with many parents who grew up with the magazine introducing their children to the 40 year old magazine on Monday.
Hasna Hena, 45, who used to read the magazine in college, brought her teenage daughter to the stall.
“Reading the magazine back then used to bring me great joy and I want to introduce my daughter to a part of my childhood. The magazine has retained that appeal,” she said.
The stall this year, boasts their signature style of cartoon and is bringing out two new books this year.
Editor of Unmad, Ahsan Habib, said: “One of the new books is on theoretical graphics design and the other is a science fiction comic called Deoaler Pashe Dragon (dragon behind the wall).”
He said the books will be available in a week and are priced between Tk100-200.
A university student, Nusrat Jahan Mim, said: “I bought comics for my niece because she’s going to love these pictures.”
Unmad appeals to all age groups. Mozammel Haque, 60, said he loves their satire on socio-political issues.
“I like reading the magazine and they have great focus on socio-politics in their cartoons,” he said.
Mehedi Haque, executive editor of Unmad, told the Dhaka Tribune that there is a rise in the popularity of Unmad comics.
“The young generation are showing a lot of interest in visual storytelling,” he said. “We have another stall, only for comic books, called ‘Dhaka Comics’ at the fair (stall no 659).”
“We hope sales are as good as they were the past few years,” he added.
The magazine was founded by Ahsan Habib, Ishtiaque Hossain, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Sultanur Islam, and Nawshad Nabi in 1978.
Unmad in Bangla means mad or insane, and is loosely based on Mad magazine.
The salesman at the stall, Shoyeb Hossain, said they are getting a great response from visitors.
“Unmad stickers this year are very popular. People have been asking for the stickers the day the fair began,” he said.
“This year there are some special stickers on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the magazine and they are priced between TK50- TK 100,” he added.