Cover #39 and cover #40 of Finnish based KUTI KUTI comics magazine. 


KUTI KUTI, the Finnish located alternative comics publication brings all that is experimental, non-mainstream and interesting to public awareness. Launching issue #41 with a specific focus on Africa at the Helsinki Comics Festival this September, AFRI KUTI is sure to make an impact. KUTI KUTI is a non-profit association of like minded comics artists, consisting of at least 50 members. Their goal is to develop comic art and to give those artists that are not yet regonised some regonition and exposure. A truly exciting publication. You can find a link to their site here


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Through the eyes of a Comics Journalist

Comics Journalism has experienced an awakening in recent years. Hosted by the French Institute of South Africa and the Goethe Institute, one of the most talented Comics Journalists, a.k.a Hippolyte,  was recently on residency in Cape Town. The residency was centered on the theme of Migration, and Hippolyte used this opportunity to collect life stories of the residents of Cape Town. Bringing Humanity to the harsh reality of city living, Hippolyte's drawings brings to light those personalities that society has a tendency to ignore. 


Have  a look at his phenomenal drawings here, and see how the landscape you traverse everyday is transformed with a heightened sense of humanity. 


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The Art of Ganzeer - Egypt as inspiration for Distopian future.


A page out of Ganzeer's debut graphic novel, The Solar Grid. 


Egyptian Artist, Ganzeer, is using comic art to capture his personal, political and historical experiences. He sees art as a means through which society can embolden and express itself to create change. Rooted in Egypt and inspired by his personal experience of the upheavals that occurred in Cairo in 2011, this graphic designer turned activist artist. His debut graphic novel, The solar Grid, tells the tale of a dystopian future, where the world is run by eternal light through a vast grid of solar panels that power the world's factories. Night has cease to exist and due to self-inflicted catastrophe, all earth's water has become poluted, with only the last clean supply controlled by the richest man on the planet. For Ganzeer, the narrative is about the dangers of industrialisation and controlling of central natural resources. This sci-fi tale set in Africa illustrates the adverse impact that humanity has had on the planet, as a person that's concerned about the environment, for Ganzeer, this remains a poignant point.



For a more in depth look at Ganzeer's art, here, is a great article written by David Batty.

To preview Ganzeer's work, follow this link here


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Graphic Literature and the comfort of cats


Monk and white cat, illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jo Ellen Bogart. 


Have a look at this wonderfully crafted story, based on an old Irish short poem, written by a 9th century monk and scholar about the relationship between him and his white cat. The poem, titled 'Pangur Ban' has been translated into contemporary graphic literature through the beautiful illustrations by Sydney Smith and the writings of Jo Ellen Bogart. It adds some thought to the oft complex and unique relationship that man has shared with cats from ages ago and how each draws a degree of comfort from the other.


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Book Restoration

About the Facilitator:

Liesel has worked full-time for Quagga Books in Stellenbosch for the last three and a half years. During this time she has been exposed to many fine antiquarian books and has identified the need for restoration of many of the examples that she has come across. With the support of Quagga, Liesel attended a short course on book restoration about two years ago. She followed this up with large amounts of research on-line and in various reference books made available to her. Liesel is now responsible for 90% of the restoration at Quagga Books, dealing in paper, cloth and leather bound books.


Course Outline:

The course will begin with a basic introduction of the anatomy of the book and paper conservation. This will be followed by a practical on two ways to fix a broken spine. Including lifting of end papers, attachment of head bands, creating oxford hollows, and making and attaching a new spine piece. Paper repairs, cleaning and general restoration will also be covered. At the end of this course students will go home with two fully restored books.


For more details or a registration form, contact Marika Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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