Adams & Adams Drafts Free Non-Disclosure Agreement for the South African Creative Community

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Not too long ago law firm Adams & Adams released what the Design Indaba called a "legal gift to the creative community" catered specifically towards South African creatives. At the recent 2015 ACT | University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture Conference, Business and Arts South Africa CEO Michelle Constant challenged Mariëtte Du Plessis, senior partner at Adams & Adams law firm, to provide artists with access to a simple Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) they could use when pitching their concepts and ideas. Adams & Adams accepted the challenge and drafted a general NDA artists and creatives could use in such scenarios including when pitching to potential partners. Du Plessis stated:


South African creatives, whether they are artists, designers, actors, writers, stage/film directors or musicians, are remarkably talented... They should be acutely aware of the value of their intellectual property rights and ensure that they obtain advice before entering into sponsorship contracts.


Journalist Kelly Berman from the Design Indaba website writes:

And while these days there is a strong movement to make creative products shareable via the Creative Commons, artists and designers need to make a living from their ideas and products – and this often means protecting their work from being copied or stolen by others. 


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Speechless at the Erdmann Contemporary

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Left: Artwork by Alastair Findlay.


The CCIBA, AMAK and Erdmann Contemporary are excited to have received all artists' pieces for the much anticipated Speechless exhibition, South African Comic Artists on the State of the Nation, at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery, 26 May—11 July 2015. We have mounted all pieces onto the wall and cannot wait to show you what we have in show. The opening reception will take place today, Tuesday 26 May, 6pm.


Troubled by the state of the nation and rendered speechless by the dismal vaudeville of the

President’s 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA), South African comic artists present their

own personal State of the Nation Address Response (SONAR).


Free of captions or dialogue, these images are, quite literally, speechless – visual soundbites that

capture our present collective moment through the offbeat, quirky lenses of 26 comic artists.

From hard-hitting political cartoons to pieces of pure whimsy, Speechless presents a unique

picture of a society deeply involved in the challenges of transformation.


The 26 artists selected for Speechless include stalwarts of the political cartooning scene,

contemporary fine artists whose work references the realm of comics, seasoned comic strip artists

who work in the commercial realm, underground cartoonists and graphic novelists, all linked by a

common commitment to the disciplines of comic art, all with strong ideas about the state of the

nation and the role of the artist in times of civic stress.


Have a look at even more previews of the work so far. 

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Daniël du Plessis

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Gerhard Human

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Pete Woodbridge

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Hanno van Zyl


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Artwork by Archie Birch.


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Artwork by Ray Whitcher.


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Illustration by Zapiro.



In an exciting development the CCIBA can finally confirm the folllowing artists for the Speechless exhibition:


1. Alastair Findlay

2. Archie Birch

3. Ben Winfield

4. Brandan Reynolds

5. Chip Snaddon

6. Danelle Malan

7. Daniël du Plessis

8. Gerhard Human

9. Hanno van Zyl

10. Jesse Breytenbach

11. Karabo Moletsane*

12. Karlien de Villiers

13. Kit Beukes

14. Loyiso Mkhize*

15. Luntu Vumazonke

16. Mike Scott

17. Mogorosi Motshumi

18. Moray Rhoda

19. N.D. Mazin

20. Pete Woodbridge

21. Ray Whitcher

22. Roberto Millan

23. Stacey Stent

24. Su Opperman

25. Themba Siwela

26. Zapiro 


See here a list of bios for the artists participating.



Findlay is a Johannesburg-based fine artist, cartoonist and illustrator who began his cartooning

career in the Afrikaans weekly newspaper Vrye Weekblad in the 1980s. He currently produces

weekly cartoons for Sunday Sun and Son and a daily cartoon for eNCA, as well as storyboards for

the film industry, illustrations and comics. In 2013 he self-published a collection of his comics

entitled 5 ½ Tragi-Comic Picture Stories.



Archie Birch works as an illustrator, designer and animator, mostly in the film industry. Creator of

the comic book series The Number 1 Game, a dystopian fable set in a future Cape Town, he works

with both digital and traditional media. Current work includes children's book illustration,

storyboards, landscape drawing and comics.



Ben Winfield graduated from Michaelis in 2010 with a BFA and a distinction in sculpture. He

currently works as a commercial illustrator and animator, producing work for a number of creative

studios. His work has appeared in a number of group shows and anthologies, including Graf Lit:

Urban Interiors (2014).



Brandan has worked as a newspaper illustrator and political cartoonist since 1995, drawing for The

Argus, Weekend Argus, Personal Finance, Rapport and The Weekender, and as daily cartoonist at

Business Day since 2002. His work has appeared in a number of group shows and anthologies,

including Don’t Joke! (2009), Just For Kicks (2010) and Graf Lit: Graveyard literature in Black &

White (2013).



Chip has worked as a political cartoonist and illustrator in Cape Town since 1987. He began his

political cartooning career in the UDF weekly newspaper, South, and later worked as resident

cartoonist at The Argus until 2014. Chip currently divides his drawing time between cartooning,

book illustration and storyboard creation for the advertising industry.



Danelle Malan is a Cape Town-based fine artist and illustrator with a BAFA from Michaelis (2010).

Alongside her design, illustration and book cover work, she co-produces the ongoing webcomic

Cottonstar, also released in instalments as a mini-comic, with her partner Ben Geldenhuys. She has

participated in several group shows, including Walk This Earth Alone (2012), Pieces & Puzzles

(2013) and BLIKSEM! (2014).



Daniël du Plessis is an illustrator, lecturer and comic book artist currently based in Pretoria. His

work has been published in Bitterkomix, i-Jusi, and the BD Africa Collection, and he regularly

contributes comic strips to the literature section of the Afrikaans Sunday paper Rapport. Recent

exhibitions include Those Who Wander (2014) at Salon 91, and Graflit: Urban Interiors (2014), both

in Cape Town.



Gerhard Human is a contemporary artist living in Cape Town. His work has a strong narrative

base, portraying social misfits, rebels and fantastical outcasts. He has participated in a number of

group shows and solo exhibitions in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Sydney and New




Hanno van Zyl is an independent artist, graphic designer and illustrator based in the collaborative

studio ‘Only Today’ in Cape Town. He works across disciplines, including illustration, typography

and identity design. His work is process driven and explores the underbelly of everyday South

African life, examining details often forgotten by dominant cultural narratives and popular




Jesse Breytenbach is a freelance illustrator and printer who likes to illustrate science books, write

comics, and print fabric. Her graphic novel, I Don’t Like Chocolate, was published in 2007 to critical

acclaim. Recent activities include building an animation machine from scratch, and making a music

video about robots.



Karlien de Villiers is an illustrator, printmaker and painter whose graphic novel My Mother was a

Beautiful Woman (2005) has been translated into German, French, Spanish, and Italian. She has

exhibited in South Africa and Europe, including participation in Bitterkomix (Berlin, 2002) and

PICHA African Comics Showcase (2008). She is currently working on her second graphic novel, Die

Wildevroue, to be published in France in November 2015.



Kit Beast (Chris Beukes) is a genderqueer artist based in Cape Town. They down a number of

formative years doing sordid corporate illustration and animation as an Art Director, but are now

freelance and loose in the city. They live for comics.



Luntu Vumazonke is 22 and works from his home in Lower Crossroads, where he lives with his

mother and sisters. His comics have been published in This Life (Young in Prison South Africa,

2013-14) and GrafLit: Urban Interiors (2014) and his work has been exhibited in various group

shows. Art is his passion and he is determined to earn a living from it.



Mike Scott is a cartoonist and animator based in Plettenberg Bay, but currently working on a top

secret project in Cape Town. His animated music videos have been nominated three times for

‘Best Music Video’ at the SAMA Awards, and his One Million Views video for the pop group

Goldfish won Best Animation at the Short & Sweet Music Awards (Cape Town, 2015).



Mogorosi Motshumi describes himself as “a straight ahead pen and ink cartoonist.” His cartoons

first appeared in The Friend (Bloemfontein) in 1978 and subsequently in The Voice, Learn and

Teach, City Press and the Daily Sun. His strip Sloppy, in Learn and Teach magazine, was the longest

running township strip of the apartheid era. He is currently working on a three-volume graphic

autobiography, 360 Degrees.



Since founding the Igubu Collective in 2000, Moray Rhoda has been a powerhouse of the local

comics scene. He has produced numerous anthologies, exhibitions and events, and currently

coordinates the Open Book Comics Fest. As art director at Beat Comics, he produced the comics

Unicity, Mzansi Beats and Kasiwash. He subsequently established the comics studio They Did This!

and co-founded the South Africa/Australian collaborative anthology, Velocity.



Andy Mason, who draws as N.D. Mazin, has been making, publishing and writing about South

African comics since the 1970s. He has published several underground zines and anthologies of

comix and political cartoons, co-curated group exhibitions and comics events, and is a co-founder

of the CCIBA. His books include What’s So Funny? Under the Skin of South African Cartooning and

The Legend of Blue Mamba.



Pete Woodbridge, drawing as Pete Woo, is an illustrator, caricaturist and musician with strong

links to the local comic industry. He studied at the Art Director’s Workshop, has a qualification in

advertising and was head illustrator at Supa Strika Entertainment’s comics studio for many years.

He has mentored many young comic artists entering the industry. Currently infatuated with

monkeys, he is working on a book of monkey portraits.



Ray Whitcher is a comic artist and lecturer at Design Center College in Greenside, Johannesburg,

as well as a postgraduate supervisor at Wits University. He is the founder of Legionink, an NPO

dedicated to promoting comic art in South Africa, with a mission to convince people that comics

are more than just drawings on cheap paper. According to Ray, it’s an uphill struggle.



Roberto is a visual narrative artist and communications designer with an MPhil in Visual Arts

(Illustration) from Stellenbosch University. He has been digital colourist to Zapiro since 2013, has

published as a political cartoonist for and created South Africa's first published

LGBTIA comic strip, Squeers, for The Pink Tongue newspaper. He co-edited the inaugural issue of

GrafLit in 2013.



Stent has worked in the field of visual art, design, cartooning and animation since the 1980s. After

graduating from Michaelis, she taught in Canada before joining UCT where she worked until 2012.

She drew the iconic comic strip Who's Left in the Weekly Mail in the 1980's, and now does a

similar strip for Noseweek, alongside animation work for exhibitions and documentary films.



A masters graduate from Stellenbosch University, Su Opperman works as a fine artist, illustrator,

graphic novelist and curator. She serves the comic art community in a number of roles, including

coordinating the comic art unit of CCIBA, serving on the Open Book Comics Fest committee, and

curating for the POP the Culture talent incubator. Her co-curation of Speechless follows on from

2014’s GrafLit: Urban Interiors.



Siwela, who draws the daily political cartoon for The Citizen, is a Johannesburg-based cartoonist,

illustrator and fine artist. Over the years he has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions

in South Africa and abroad and has a number of awards under his belt. His cartooning has taken

him as far as Switzerland and London on an exchange programme.



Zapiro is South Africa’s most awarded and most controversial cartoonist, having twice faced

lawsuits by President Zuma (both withdrawn). He began his cartooning career at the UDF

newspaper South and in 1988 went to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, returning in

1991. Since 1994, his cartoons have appeared in Sowetan, Mail and Guardian, Sunday Times, The

Times and many other newspapers and publications.


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South African "Kariba" Animation Teaser Sets New Standard

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Left: Kariba animation logo.

Right: Kariba Concept art (cropped).


South African independent animation collective The Blue Forest Collective have created what can only be described as one of the most beautifully crafted pieces of 2D animation to have come out of the country in recent years. The team have previewed a teaser of a movie online, set in and around Lake Kariba, which they hope will justify potential funding opportunties and to get the ball rolling to produce a full-length feature film.

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Concept art from Kariba.

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Concept art from Kariba.

The Blue Forest Collective is made up of an impressive team of stalwart animators and creatives including Daniel Snaddon and Jac Hamman but have a look for yourself and familiarise yourself with these names. You're likely going to be hearing a lot about them in upcoming months.


Story/Director: Daniel Clarke

Animation Director: Jac Hamman

Compositing/vfx: Charl Collocott

Animation: Daniel Snaddon

Backgrounds: Daniel Clarke

Effects animation: Mind's Eye Creative

Music : Pressure Cooker Studios

Sound: Matthew Gair

Final Mix: Simon Ratcliffe


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Russian Shops Ban Art Spiegelman's Prize-Winning Graphic Novel, Maus

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Left: A cropped photograph of comic book artist and author Art Spiegelman by Bertrand Langlois/AFP.

Right: An image taken from Spiegelman's Pulitzer prize-winning comic book, Maus.


Many of Moscow's major bookstores have moved forward with the decision to stop selling Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel, Maus, in an attempt to comply with a new Russian law banning Nazi propaganda ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in the second world war. The book's cover contains a Swastika reference, which has proven controversial in light of the recent law.

Spiegelman responded publicly to the news via The Guardian stating:


It’s a real shame because this is a book about memory... We don’t want cultures to erase memory. 

Click here to read the full article by Lauren Gambino on The Guardian's website.

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CCIBA, AMAK and Erdmann Contemporary Gallery to Host Fine Art Comics Exhibition in May

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CCIBA, AMAK and Erdmann Contemporary Gallery are joining forces to present top South African comic book artists in a fine art gallery space. Speechless: South African Comic Artists on the State of the Nation signals a selection of local artists who bridge the gap between visual narrative, politics and fine art. The exhibition will take place at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery, Kloof St, Cape Town from 26 May – 30 June 2015 and is being curated by CCIBA head of the Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason, and Graflit 2014 coeditor Su Opperman.


Troubled by the state of the nation and rendered speechless by the dismal vaudeville of the President’s 2015 State Of the Nation Address (SONA), South African comic artists present their own personal State Of the Nation Address Response (SONAR). Each artist will present a sequence of 1-4 works that expresses his or her own SONAR. The sequence won't necessarily be linear but will form a narrative construct. Unlike most comic art works, these works will contain no dialogue. They are, figuratively, ‘speechless,' symbolising the sense of speechlessness experienced by many South Africans confronted by the current political malaise, as well as the speechlessness of those who, despite 20 years of democracy, still remain voiceless. SPEECHLESS represents a voice articulated in no other language than the visual – paradoxically, the only language equally accessible to all 11 language groups.


SPEECHLESS is less a critical analysis than a synchronic portrait, more experiential than political, presenting a unique picture of the shared moment that is South Africa 2015 and collectively showcasing

a slice of comic art in SA today.


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