I’m Abdulla -Al- Morshed a cartoonist from Bangladesh, but I work under the pen-name ‘Morshed Mishu’ since 2012. I was born on 29th July 1993 in Mirpur. I started drawing cartoons professionally at the age of 19 and now I’m the Assistant Editor of UNMAD Monthly Satire Magazine – the longest running Cartoon Magazine of this region. I also worked as Editorial Cartoonist for the Daily Bangladesh Today & as an illustrator for Bitopi Advertising ltd. But No matter where I’ve worked, I never lose touch with UNMAD Magazine. In between I drew political (editorial/illustration) and clean humour cartoons, comic strips & advertising materials for various national dailies, agencies and periodicals on both local and global issues. Drawing Caricatures is also one of my strong points. Both as a member of Cartoon People (A Community of Bangladeshi Cartoonists Worldwide), and at my own capacity I’ve taken jobs as a caricaturist for different MNCs and Local bodies’ events and special celebrations.
Wall art & graffiti is another form that I like to do socially & commercially. Using walls as canvas & colour and mixed media as materials gave me the nickname ‘Mishu The Wall Destroyer’. In all my work I’ve always tried and I believe I’ve successfully kept a Bangladeshi flavour in all formats of my work. This won me a great local appreciation but my first international recognition came with a very close to my heart illustration series titled- ‘The Global Happiness Challenge’. As a cartoonist I had no choice but to see and let sink in photos of war and heart crunching images. The sadness in the eyes of the portrayed human beings, from children to old people made me unbelievably down, which greatly affected my work in general! But I stood up and decided to challenge the world I live in! Although I knew all along that as a single person I can not change the world, I told myself why should that stop me from trying? Hence I started my own war of ‘The Global Happiness Challenge’ with the weapon of my choice – the brush and paint! I selected the images that touched me the most, saddened me the most and started drawing the same image in a somewhat visually similar backdrop but with vibrant colours and converted the characters and the scenario to a ‘naturally happy’ frame. As I posted my first drawing of the series on Facebook, the internet instantly picked it up and went viral in various social media handle and news and views blogs. That was the moment I understood I was not alone, I was never alone! That feeling of strength and continuous knock from people all over the world pushed me draw the second one. From that moment onwards not only individuals but international online and mainstream media started talking about this series and my drawing and ‘global’ revelation of the project ran together. Interestingly, Bangladeshi mainstream media picked it up after being portrayed by many foreign media houses from different continents! I’ve called the series off after 11 drawings as I badly needed a break from the research that I had to do which many a time made me drown in my own tears and still gives me nightmares! Nonetheless, in this break I’m actually getting geared up with new ideas for the second season of the series. From the Best Cartoonist Award by UNMAD’s 40 years of regular publication celebration to all the love, support, and nonstop request for the next drawing by people and media – I consider my biggest success is not even when an international superstar or a celebrity shares and appreciates my own drawing or a PhD student writing a research paper and journal on it but when I see an unknown artist/cartoonist from all around the globe replicates my idea and trying by their own to make the world a happy place globally! I believe that is what ‘Global Happiness Challenge’ is all about, and I’ve never thought of copyrighting this as my intellectual property. Because this, again, keeps reminding me- I’m NOT alone! I was NEVER alone!