You are cordially invited to the launch and exhibition of Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White, a new anthology of contemporary South African literature to be held at the Youngblood Gallery, 70 Bree Street, Cape Town, 18h00 on Thursday 5 September 2013. The launch of the anthology will include opening speeches by Graflit editor Andy Mason, Mamba Media founder Craig Nadalman and Art South Africa's Ashraf Jamal.
GRAFlit is a new anthology of contemporary graphic literature showcasing South African comic artists who aren’t afraid to ransack the graveyard of big ideas. It’s a gritty collection that steers clear of pretty colours or sentimental storylines, featuring dark, iconic tales from the enigmatic hinterlands of geography and mind.
There are hallucinogenic literary sequences, duelling monsters, drug-addled slackers, sleazy conmen and corrupt councillors, there’s an alchemic fantasy vampire tale set in the rural mines of Africa, a struggle memoir of Jo’burg in the 1970’s, and even a reconstruction of the fall of Bhagdad in 760 AD. Plus there are lots of grim jokes. The following are just a few examples of the work to be showcased in the magazine and at the exhibition.
A frame from Luke Molver's Graflit comic
A frame from Dorrance's Graflit visual narrative
A frame from Brandan Reynolds Graflit visual narrative
A frame from Alastair Findlay's Graflit comic
A frame from Lwazi Kunene's and Ryan Ross Jales' Graflit comic
A frame from Daniël Hugo's Graflit comic
A frame from Alexander Gilfillan, Roberto Millan and Sibaphiwe Matiyela's Graflit comic
A frame from Su Opperman's Graflit comic
A frame from Jean de Wet's Graflit comic GRAFlit is edited by Andy Mason and Roberto Millan and 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 is held in conjunction with the Open Book Comics Fest.