The first thing you need to know about Khalid Wad Albaih is that he is über cool. The second thing is that he reads the Sudanese Optimist. Correlation? I think yes. Khalid is the genius behind some ingenious cartoons about current events, with many cartoons focused on Sudanese issues. His cartoons, cleverly dubbed “Khartoons” (Khalid+Khartoum+Cartoon) are always on point, powerful, and thought provoking. Some will make you laugh, some will make you tear up (especially if you’re a drama queen) and some will make you think: “How on earth did he think of that?” and admittedly, some will make you think “why didn’t I think of that dammit?”
Khalid’s artwork has been featured on Aljazeera amongst other news outlets such as Channel 4 News England, Brazil daily newspaper, and AlSudani daily news paper. The well known Egyptian art critic Salah Bisar featured Khalid in articles published in 7awa and Masr Alyoum. His work can be found all over facebook and Twitter profiles, where many people found that his Khartoons were perfect expressions of their opinions and emotions. I have first come across his work when many of my facebook friends put up a catching profile photo shown here. One person had put up a link to the rest of his cartoons and I found myself very intrigued by them. I had the pleasure of randomly meeting Khalid a few weeks ago and promised that I will propel him to super-stardom through this blog of 7 billion readers. (Side-note, when we met, Khalid pulled up The Sudanese Optimist blog on his iphone which caused me to get superexcited and blurt out THAT’S MY BLOG…. Anonymity fail!)
Khalid Wad Al Baih is a noteworthy Sudanese talent that deserves major support and exposure, and I am so proud to see one of our own cover world events in such a unique and interesting way. He is also a member in www.refugeeclub.com a Sudanese artists group and just got accepted to the cartoonmovement.com the #1 Internet political cartoons publisher.