Cape Town based comic strip artist, Luis Tolosana, uncovers a monstrous secret in his independently published, "Project Tilian-Rep".

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Images from Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photographs by Roberto Millan.


Luis Tolosana is a comic strip artist currently based in Cape Town, self-publishing his work in limited print-runs in and around the Cape Town CBD, under the rubric of Falcon Comics. Project Tilian-Rep comprises one of his recent works, a strange amalgamation of sci-fi, horror and action, all making for an engaging and oddly beautiful read. Tolosana's work is both technically and conceptually strong and stands testament to an increasingly popular trend among South African comic artists to publish their work independently. Self-publishing has gained significant momentum over the last few years, the proof of which, many South African comic artists and cartoonists would argue, was seen at last year's Open Book Comix Festival.


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Cover of Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photograph by Roberto Millan.


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Image from Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photograph by Roberto Millan.


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Image from Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photograph by Roberto Millan.


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Image from Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photograph by Roberto Millan.


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Image from Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photograph by Roberto Millan.


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Image from Luis Tolosana's Project Tilian-Rep.

Photograph by Roberto Millan.


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Article by Roberto Millan

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 10:07

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Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky on Albert Einstein

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Images courtesy of Chronicle Books @ Vladimir Radunsky.

Illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky.


Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky, On a Beam of Light is a charming story about Albert Einstein, an oddly quiet and relentlessly curious child who later became what Brainpickings.com's Maria Popova describes as "the quintessential modern genius". Radunsky, the same artist who illustrated Mark Twain’s irreverent Advice to Little Girls in 2013, which was widely considered one of the year's most highly regarded children's books, captures the spirit and humour of Einstein in a series of simple yet beautiful illustrations.

One day, when Albert was sick in bed, his father brought him a compass — a small round case with a magnetic needle inside. No matter which way Albert turned the compass, the needle always pointed north, as if held by an invisible hand. Albert was so amazed his body trembled.

Suddenly, he knew there were mysteries in the world — hidden and silent, unknown and unseen. He wanted, more than anything, to understand those mysteries.


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Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:44

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Elisa Kwon and the Daily Dog

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Illustrations by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.

 

Elisa Kwon is an illustrator and character designer, originally born in South Korea, now currently residing in São Paulo, Brazil where she works in a variety of fields including comics, animation and mobile gaming. As an illustrator, her clients include and have included, among others, Ubisoft-Sao Paulo (character designer), Yabu Media (inker), Tokyopop (comicker), Marvel (colorist) and LightStar Studio (2D animator).

 

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.


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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.


Kwon started regularly illustrating dogs after work in April last year in an effort to keep her motivated and passionate about drawing. Eventually, her illustrations of dogs became more and more regular, after which, she started producing content on an almost daily basis and posting it to social media, calling it the Daily Dog. The project quickly gained momentum soon after Kwon came into contact with a Brazilian animal shelter, asking if she could illustrate and post images of their dogs. She was welcomed with open arms and used the drawings to promote animal shelters throughout the region, indirectly assisting in finding new homes for a few of the abandoned dogs.

 

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.

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Illustration by Elisa Kwon from the Daily Dog.


Once Kwon had arrived at the initial target of 30 drawings, she settled on making an anthology of the drawings in a sketchbook format and is currently pushing the project on Brazilian crowd funding website, Catarse. The booklet contains 44 pages in total and has, according to Kwon, been 'made with a lot of love.'

If the project is successful, 30% of the value collected will be... [used for] dog and cat food of the best quality for animal shelters, so that they can continue being well fed while they are expecting a permanent owner. With the money we can buy at least 20 big bags of dog/cat food. And if the pledge surpasses the goal, this number will increase and more shelters can be helped.

To view the project on Catarse please click on this link and check out the video.

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Article by Roberto Millan

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 07:11

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Africartoons: An Archive of Nelson Mandela cartoons by South Africa's Best Cartoonists

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Cartoons by Zapiro and Dr Jack & Curtis respectively.

 

Africartoons, Africa's largest repository of political cartoons by South Africa's top cartoonists, currently holds the largest archive of Madiba cartoons published throughout the last few years. Editor John Curtis says, "We intend to extend this resource to incorporate cartoonists from the entire African continent, and also to record the cartoon history of Africa's colonial past, balancing where we can the colonial record with cartoons from the various liberation struggles."

 

AFRICARTOONS was first launched in 2008 on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, with a collection of international cartoons celebrating his political life and celebrit. Encouraged by the success of that venture, and inspired by Mandela's own appreciation for the contribution that editorial cartoons can make towards a healthy democracy, it was decided to broaden the scope of the site to include editorial cartoons from all published cartoonists in Africa, and to eventually include cartoons from overseas cartoonists about Africa. Africartoons.com relaunched in December 2009 as a comprehensive resource featuring contemporary cartoons by South Africa's top editorial cartoonists, profiles of the cartoonists, reviews of their published works (and others'), relevant news and notices of events; all fully integrated with social media services.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:29

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South African comic book artist Willem Samuel signs with Soaring Penguin Press

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Cover and images of Willem Samuel's Mengelmoes.

Images courtesy of forbiddenplanet.co.uk


Soaring Penguin Press, an independent British graphic literature and poetry publishing house, recently signed South African underdog comic book illustrator, Willem Samuel, to publish his semi-autobiographical comic, 'Mengelmoes' (an Afrikaans term relating to being ‘mixed up’). Mengelmoes will appear in six separate volumes, the first of which, 'The Schoolboy', will be published in February 2014. Samuel's work will also be made available through subscription via Soaring Penguin Press.

Starting in the 90s, the series details his life growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, during the 1990s, during that hugely important, history-changing time when Nelson Mandela was freed... a pretty turbulent time for anyone in SA... Willem often finds himself diving into fantasy to cope with change and pressure, be it dealing with a math test (imagining a talking creature offering to help him) or his dad’s insane driving technique on the school run (leading to a cameo where he imagines Judge Dredd pulling them over in a short, fun scene Rebellion were kind enough to let them use Dredd for).

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Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:26

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