BlueJackal-Howl for Entries

Lokesh Khodke's 1 page take on Rohith Vemula's final words.

Born in 2015 and based in India, BlueJackal  is a collective with a different take. Comprising of writers, artists, activists and researchers, they form a commonality that engage with the world through a broad range of creative and philosophical interests. The core members of the group comprise of Shefalee Jain, Lokesh Khodke, Vasvi Oza and Shivangi Singh. To them, BlueJackal is a forum, a platform through which they can explore their shared proclivities, as applied to illustration, comics and children's books. One permanent feature of this collective is an ongoing project titled: SITUATION COMICS. In which they propose an episode or a situation (in some cases it might be a fabulation) and ask for public engagement in the form of a one page comic. Situation Comics 1 can be viewed as an intersection between comics and history. A moment in time, as the situation proposed was a 1 page comic on the suicide note of student activist Rohith Vemula, who battled against the inherent caste structure and subsequent discrimination at the Hyderabad University in India. In this regard, comics can be employed as a multifaceted medium that engages critically with an episode rife with complexity, adding a different nuance to the dialogue surrounding Rohith Vemula's death. For SITUATION COMICS 2, they've proposed a soundpiece by Sun-Ra, titled: I seek a new world. Sun-Ra, is an Afro-American jazz-composer, poet and philosopher and can be viewed as one of the creators of Afrofuturism, a movement through which new, empowering identities could be envisioned for the marginalised. Closing date is 20th February 2017. 

An example of Situation Comics 1 by Lokesh Khodke. 

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Zoologica Fantastica

An ink drawing by David Griessel. 

For all those fascinated by the creation of alternative creatures in illustration, then the Zoologica Fantastica show at the Haas Collective might be just for you. The show kicks off on Friday the 10th of February, at 6pm. If you are in the Cape Town area, it might be a good idea to pop in and have a look at the strange imaginings of artists, Linki Lutz and David Griessel. 

The Exhibition invitation for Zoologica Fanstastica, a group show by Linki Lutz and David Griessel. 

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Dahl & Blake

The Twits (1980) by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Sir Quentin Blake's illustrations have become part and parcel of all things Roald Dahl. His distinct style has become iconic of the Roald Dahl identity and accompanying mythos, enhancing the author's wild narration with a spontaneous use of line that could capture both beauty and the grotesque. But it was above all in the ability of Blake's illustrations to carry humour, that allowed for this quirky, idiosyncratic partnership to occur between illustrator and author. Dahl's books often carry a heavy visual load, and here Blake proves to be a true master in that even his monochromatic drawings carry a similar energy and weight as Dahl's text. Here then, Blake's illustrations, though born of Dahl's written text, also becomes something in its own right, contributing to the overall reading experience of what constitutes a Roald Dahl story. For Blake, the use of line was where the message resides. Through the internalisation of Dahl's texts, he would hunt for spontaneity when it came to capturing the subjects of Dahl's stories, making them his own.

See here for an interesting take on Roald Dahl, the author, by BBC's Hephzibah Anderson. 

Or here for a more indepth take on the relationship between Sir Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl's partnership as author and illustrator. 

The Witches by Roald Dahl, illustration by Sir Quentin Blake. 

The Twits, by Roald Dahl, illustration by Sir Quentin Blake. 

The BFG, by Roald Dahl, illustration by Sir Quentin Blake. 

Sir Quentin Blake. 







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Drawing as Journalism

Jeroen Janssen - Doel. 


Comics Journalism is a powerful form of communication when it comes to global and local issues. Graphic Journalists have contributed some of the most compelling and substantial works on current news and international events. In an age where we communicate more and more through imagery, the notion of developing visual literacy has reached a greater imperative. The creation of visuals as a form of universal communication has become more apparant when looking at the plethora of creative and critical disciplines that are connected and shared through the image making process. When it comes to the development of visual literacy in the form of critical engagement with world we live in, then Drawing the Times is perhaps one of the best sites out there. It's a comics and cartooning platform with a specific focus on non-fiction stories. Scroll through, have a read, just from a stylistic perspective as well as the diversity of stories, it truly provides a different kind of reading experience on global issues. Here are some samples:


Gianluca Costantini - Aleppo is Hell (The siege of Aleppo).

Jules Calis -Violence and Misery reign supreme in the divided city of Hebron

Jeroen Janssen - Lets start a political party.

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ToonZa - The art of Comics

Toonza 1

After the initial success of the first ToonZa workshop presented by the Amak Art Kolektiv at the D6 Museum in December last year, the ToonZa initiative has decided to kick off with a bang for 2017. For those of you who can't stop drawing, here's the ToonZa press release stating what it's all about:

ToonZA is a new comic art initiative aimed at young people of all ages who can't stop drawing. It’s a key component of a larger vision to stimulate and develop graphic storytelling activity amongst South Africans. We aim to promote comics as a medium of entertainment, education and enlightenment, and to contribute to the development of artistic, narrative, entrepreneurship and leadership skills which will benefit participants in both their professional and personal lives.Our workshops are collaborative learning processes that push participants to the limits of their ability, resulting in extraordinary epiphanies and sudden leaps in individual achievement. They are also a tremendous amount of fun. For most emerging comic artists, it's a new experience to spend hours of regular creative time in the company of others who are as passionate about comics, manga, anime,animation, cartooning and graphic literature in general.We have two parallel ToonZa initiatives on the go at present: ToonZA: The Art of Comics every Tuesday evening at The College of Cape Town,and ToonZA: The Graphic Time Machine at the District 6 Homecoming Centre on Saturday mornings. 




ToonZA: The Art of Comics is a series of three eight-week courses on the theory and practice of making comics, presented by Andy Mason and Archie Birch, assisted by Robyn Hosking. The first course will be hosted at The College of Cape Town every Tuesday from 5.30 to 8.30 pm, 7 February to 28 March 2017. The cost is R 1 800 for the course, which includes tea and coffee and the use of the computer lab.

Course 1 is a comprehensive overview of the primary practical and theoretical components of making, producing, publishing and marketing comics. The course tackles the visual language of graphic narrative, including image and text, panels and time, sequence and storytelling, character and caricature, stereotype and archetype, theme and plot, composition and layout, action and dialogue, traditional and digital rendering, and publishing online and in print. It culminates in a mini-exhibition and mini-comic featuring participants' work.

Courses 2 & 3 will be held in the second and third trimesters of the year for participants who wish to continue this exciting journey with us. Each course culminates with a mini exhibition and collaborative mini-comic featuring participants' work, and we will have a larger exhibition and publication at the end of the year. Check out our Facebook page – @toonza.comics – for more information and updates.




ToonZa: The Graphic Time Machine (previously known as D6 ToonZa) is a regular workshop at the Homecoming Centre of the District Six Museum, on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. We are working towards the conceptualisation and production of a comic anthology exploring the epic, multi-layered story of District Six And The Deep Memory of Place. We also plan to have an exhibition of participants' work at the Homecoming Centre during Open Book Comics Fest in September 2017.

Our pilot workshop on 4 December 2016 was a great success, producing four original story concepts which will be explored further in subsequent workshops as we take participants through the practical steps of making a comic.

At this point the workshops are free. Initial funding for this project has been provided by the District Six Museum and we are currently seeking multi-stakeholder investment to help us develop a monthly comic for and by young people of all ages, hand-in-hand with the establishment of local cartoon clubs where participants collaborate in the creation, distribution and sale of their own mini-comics.




If you are interested in participating in The Art of Comics or The Graphic Time Machine (or both), please let us know by return of email and we’ll send you more info. You can also like and visit our Facebook page – @toonza.comics – for more information and updates, and ToonZa workshop participants can join our Facebook group to share their individual creative projects and mutual love of comics.

Aluta Cartoonua!

The Toonza Team

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