Cape Town Comics Journalism

Afrique de Pappa by Hippolyte


The phenomenal independant comics artist and illustrator, Hippolyte, was on a comics journalism residency located in Cape Town in September this year. The residency was hosted in part by the Goethe Institute and French Institute of South Africa. The theme for the project was Migrations, since it carries a lot of relevance with the current refugee crisis of today. The final aim of the project to create a publication that will be available in South Africa, Germany and France. Hippolyte's sketches of the inhabitants of Cape Town is a must see. Check out his viewbook and get a different perspective on the Mother City:

Hippolyte's Cape Town Sketchbook

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Grant Morrison and Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal #280 cover and Beachhead written by Grant Morrisonn and illustrated by Benjamin Marra.


Grant Morrison has taken on a new job, that of Editor-in-Chief of that hallowed and infamous comics institution, Heavy Metal. As an alternative comics magazine, Heavy Metal could capitalise on the connection with mainstream comics through Morrison. Morrison's aim with Heavy Metal is to showcase variety and a wider range of voices, especially new and upcoming artists with a potentially different take on the sci-fi, fantasy, horror genre. According to Morrison, every page should offer something different, a different style, a different story, a different headspace and Heavy Metal as a comics anthology has the potential to do just that. In the modern age, the notion of the short story, especially as applied to comics has a greater potentialfor relevance again - in that time is short and people's attention spans even shorter these days. Consequently,  the short storyoffers a form of neatly encapsulated entertainment - in its set characters, its working setup and a resolution, all in the space of 6 to 17 pages. Heavy Metal offers its own aesthetic, as an anthology it's aesthetic is defined according to company owned characters as in mainstream comics, it has its own distinct feel, one steered by the editorial vision of Grant Morrison. To hear what Grant Morrison has to say about his new job - have a look at these two links: Morrison on Heavy Metal and Morrison talks about running Heavy Metal.

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Chinese Fringe Comics

Illustration by Chinese artist, Gan Mu                          Deep in the Woods, by Yucco Yu


South Africa is fertile ground for independant creatives making self-published comics due to the nature of our 

publishing industry. And like other countries are marked by rich, visual outpourings of creativity by those artists 

inhabiting the spaces between, documenting and creating at the various intersections of self, society and art. 

For a quick peak or a first exposure to Chinese fringe comic art, read this article by Orion Martin - 

Archiving the Fringe: Chinese Indie Comics Collective Special Comix. It's a broad and insightful overview of a 

collection of chinese artists that see independant comics creation as one aspect of their creative output. These

are the comics that do not fall into the mainstream category of manga styled stories about friendship, love, 

mecha and warlords. Compiled in the Comics Anthology of Special Comix and self-published, these works 

comprise the variety of visual attitudes as applied to comics production from mainland China. Special Comix 

is great place to start if you want to delve into the independant visual culture of all things China. 


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Motshumi comes full circle

The Initiation, cover by Su Opperman

Mogorosi Motshumi, one of South Africa's longest lasting and most tenacious cartoonists has released his first installment of his long awaited autobiographic, 360 Degrees. The CCIBA as collaborative partner in association with XLibris Publishers, AMAK and Atang Tshikare are proud to have made this endeavour a reality. 360 Degrees as a publication is one of the most invaluable graphic literature publications to date, as it is the first long form narrative in the comic art medium authored and drawn by a black South African. In just under ten years Motshumi has drawn more than 300 A1 size pages depicting his life story, all in the most impoverished conditions with the most basic artist tools, namely pen, paper and pencil and an infinite degree of patience. Using imagination and memory, Motshumi has stripped his life down to the most essential of experiences. Constructing through recollection a narrative based on those instances indispensable to his identity formation and socio-contextual understanding. In this regard, Motshumi's work is a true depiction of subjective veracity, even though it is a narrative construct in the sense that some aspects of his life is intentionally omitted or just in tems of the general fallibility of memory, 360 Degrees is the authentic portrayal of a life authentically lived. 


In this regard, Motshumi's book illustrates how comic art can bridge the gap between the various understandings of the South African context as experienced by different racial groups, since our notion of subjective reality becomes more polarised as economic inequalities continue to grow. Through reading his book, you are transported into his shoes, experiencing a life that practically embodies the post-appartheid reality as experienced by most South Africans in this country. That on the other side of the Rainbow lies a dark territory, and though freedom of oppression was achieved politically, the notion of individual liberation and understanding remains an ongoing personal struggle. This is a must read. 

Motshumi, The Initiation book launch at Bibliophilia. 

Atang Tshikare showing off his Dad's book at the Open Book Literary Festival 2016

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Open Book Comics Fest 2016

Open Book Comics Fest 2016 Market place. 

This year's Open Book Comics Fest was a surrounding success, featuring a broad range of international comics and illustratorial artists, as well as phenomenal local talent. CCIBA is proud to again have had the opportunity to contribute to the sponsorship of Open Book Comics Fest, an event that forms part of the annual Open Book Literary Festival as hosted by the Booklounge and District 6 Museum. Comics Fest consists of workshops, talks and marketplace where artists can showcase and sell their various creative paraphenalia. The event is important in building a dialogue arround the illustratorial arts in South Africa, it's a means for artists to directly connect to the public and to collaborate and network within the artist's community itself. In placing Comics Fest within the Open Literary Festival, comics are consequently viewed as a literary artform within the South African context. Thereby providing legitimacy and seriousness to an artform that's generally viewed as a children's genre within South African imagination. This year, the Stellenbosch Honours Illustration students also had a chance to showcase what they're up to and the amazing talent that's coming out of the next generation of creatives does not disappoint!

Find more info on Comics Fest  here

Stellenbosch Students presenting and selling their work at Open Book Comics Fest 2016.

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