Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White, a new anthology of contemporary South African graphic literature was launched at the Youngblood Gallery last week Thursday with an exhibition of work from the publication. The launch was well attended and included speeches by Mamba Media Project Coordinator and Managing Director Craig Nadelman, Graflit Coeditor and Head of the Comic Art Unit at the CCIBA Andy Mason, and Art South Africa Editor Ashraf Jamal.
Featured artists in the publication include Alastair Findlay, Alexander Gilfillan, Brandan Reynolds, Braunwin le Fleur, Chip Snaddon, Daniël Hugo, Dathini Mzayiya, David Blaine, Denise Dorrance, Jean de Wet, Luke Molver, Lwazi Kunene, Mogorosi Motshumi, N.D.Mazin, Rayaan Cassiem, Roberto Millan, Ryan Ross Jales, Saaid Rahbeeni, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Sibaphiwe Matiyela, Sonwabile Maqwatini, Su Opperman and Thapelo N.Molema.
GRAFlit was published by the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA) in association with the Youngblood Arts and Culture Foundation, Mamba Media and PreZanian Comix. The event was held in conjunction with the Open Book Comics Fest.
A special thank you to David Lee for taking the photographs.
Two young attendees admire some of the work on display.
Graflit Coeditor and Head of the CCIBA Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason, and contributor Brandan Reynolds chat with onlookers.
Political cartoonist and Graflit contributor Brandan Reynolds (left).
Graflit contributor Luke Molver (left) and Coeditors Andy Mason and Roberto Millan.
Graflit Project Coordinator Storm Owens, Mamba Media Social Media Manager Blake Esra, Mamba Media Managing Director and Project Coordinator Craig Nadelman.
Onlooker Dermot Grazebrook.
The Graflit launch space at the Youngblood Gallery.
Graflit Project Coordinator and Mamba Media Managing Director Craig Nadelman's opening speech.
Graflit Coeditor and Head of the Comic Art Unit at the CCIBA, Andy Mason, discussing Graflit and the state of S.A. comics.
Guest speaker and Art South Africa Editor Ashraf Jamal.
Graflit contributor Dathini Mzayiya signing copies of Graflit.
Attendee appreciating Graflit contributor N.D.Mazin's work.
Graflit launch space at the Young Blood gallery.
Graflit Coeditor Roberto Millan and CCIBA director Keith Dietrich.
Graflit contributor Ryan Ross Jales signing copies of Graflit.
Graflit contributor Chip (right) signing copies of Graflit.
Launch attendees posing with Graflit contributor Mogorosi Motshumi (right).
Graflit contributor Mandy Watson (left) with Coeditor Roberto Millan.
Graflit Project Coordinator and Mamba Media Mangaing Director Craig Nadelman with contributor Lwazi Kunene.
Gareth Smit from the Gareth Smit Project performing a short piece at the launch.
Graflit contributor's Lwazi Kunene (left) and Ryan Ross Jales posing with an image from their comic.
Desmond Tutu swinging from the chandelier from all the excitement.
Graflit contributor Rayaan Cassiem.
Copies of Graflit will be available for purchase by the end of the week at the following stores:
|The Book Lounge |
| 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town |
| Clarke's Bookshop |
| 199 Long Street, Cape Town |
| Blank Books |
| 374 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town |
| Reader's Den Comic Shop |
| Shop G10, Stadium on Main, Main Road, Cape Town |
| Kalk Bay Books |
| 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay |