Writer Lauren Beukes and illustrator Gerhard Human collaborate on DC/Vertigo Title

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Two South African creatives are fast moving their way up the highest echelons of the international comic book community. Writer Lauren Beukes and illustrator Gerhard Human recently collaborated on a short story for a DC/Vertigo anthology called "The Witching Hour". "Birdie" is a comic set in a near futuristic Cape Town and represents a significant collaboration between two South African artists in the international comics publishing scene.

Writen by: Lauren Beukes
Artwork: Gerhard Human
Colours: Giulia Brusco
Lettering: Steve Wands
Editor: Gregory Lockard
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 07:26

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A Review of The Legend of Blue Mamba Muizenberg Launch by Mandy J Watson

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Award winning tech journalist Mandy J Watson recently reviewed an exhibition and comic book launch of N.D. Mazin's (Head of the Comic Art Unit at the CCIBA and also known as Andy Mason) The Legend of Blue Mamba. The exhibition and launch in Muizenberg, Cape Town featured over 15 years' worth of comics, surfboards and original artworks including the comic book anthology itself which was available for purchase at the event.


"Andy Mason (N.D. Mazin)'s seminal character Blue Mamba is a hedonistic surfer who becomes the face of the monolithic, capitalistic empire Toxacorp before having a spiritual awakening that enlightens him to the evils of his ways and causes him to reject the deal with the corporation, with dire consequences. Andy recently published a graphic novel, The Legend Of Blue Mamba, that collects the Blue Mamba work that he has completed over the last 15 years, which has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, and even comprises artworks and surfboards."

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 12:09

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September 2013 Launch of GrafLit, Art South Africa and The Open Book Comics Fest: A Video Overview


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September 2013 was witness to a flurry of new activity in the South African comic book scene with the launch of a number of significant independent publications, the majority of which emanated from the 2013 Open Book Comics Fest. The festival was kickstarted with the launch of Graflit two days before the main event. The Graflit launch was accompanied by a second launch for the Spring issue of Art South Africa, which includes a two-page write-up on the growth of South African comix and it's expansion into the international field with artists like Joe Daly and Lauren Beukes.

Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White, a new anthology of contemporary South African graphic literature was launched at the Youngblood Gallery on Thursday September 5th with an exhibition of work from the publication. The launch was well attended and included speeches by Mamba Media Project Coordinator and Managing Director Craig Nadelman, Graflit Coeditor and Head of the Comic Art Unit at the CCIBA Andy Mason, and Art South Africa Editor Ashraf Jamal.

The following is a video overview originally published online by Art South Africa on the Graflit and Art South Africa Spring Issue launches, as well as the Open Book Comics Fest.


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GRAFlit was 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 was held in conjunction with the Open Book Comics Fest. Edited by Andy Mason and Roberto Millan.

Click here to join the CCIBA Facebook group for more updates on events and happenings.

Copies of Graflit are available for purchase at the following stores:

|The Book Lounge |
| 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town |

| Clarke's Bookshop |
| 199 Long Street, Cape Town |

| Blank Books |
| 374 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town |

| Reader's Den Comic Shop |
| Shop G10, Stadium on Main, Main Road, Cape Town |

| Kalk Bay Books |
| 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay |

If you would like to order copies of the book send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 08:54

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The Legend of Blue Mamba: Muizenberg Launch

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You are cordially invited to the Muizenberg launch of N.D. Mazin's - CCIBA Head of the Comic Art Unit Andy Mason - hilarious SA surf comic, The Legend of Blue Mamba. The launch will be accompanied by an exhibition of comix, posters and painted surfboards.

From the Bluff to J-Bay, from Muizenberg to Verlorenvlei, Blue Mamba the tragic mystical revolutionary surf guru is on a mission to get his face back from Toxacorp, who ripped it off to promote their toxic products.

“ I flippin' love Blue Mamba… It's absolutely bloody fantastic and marvellous and I just love the darkness and weirdness of it all." Barry Varkel

The show includes original comix, paintings and poster art plus some classic Wavescape Blue Mamba surfboards plus an amazing new painted longboard to be auctioned in support of the "Parallel Lives" Comic Project of the 2014 Muizenberg Festival.

Blue Mamba books, posters, T-shirts and artwork on sale plus a special "Stuck in the Sixties" set performed by teen rockers Texas Radio Plus cash bar and snacks.

Entrance is free and all are welcome!

Venue: Alive Cafe, 11 Atlantic Rd, Muizenberg
Date: Thursday, 17th October 2013
Time: 6:30 pm


Click on this link to confirm on the Facebook event group.

Click on this link to join the CCIBA Facebook group for related updates and events.

Click here to follow N.D Mazin on his Facebook group.


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The Legend of Blue Mamba cover artwork featuring The Mystic Duiker.


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Protagonist Blue Mamba taking a snooze after a good surf.


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Inspired by the legendary Bruce (The Truce) Goldie, the guruman of J-Bay, Blue Mamba shrugs off his rep. as a surf Nazi and metamorphoses into a sensitive mystic. Om sweet Om!


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It was during a frenzy of painterly self-doubt while preparing for the exhibition that the legendary Guruman of Jeffrey's Bay stumbled into Mason's studio, just in time to calm his shattered nerves and soothe his tortured soul. Bruce is one of several real-life characters who appear in Mason's new anthology of Blue Mamba comic strips. Here he poses with the book and his natty little pooch Scooter.


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An excerpt taken out of The Legend of Blue Mamba with Bruce dispensing mystical wisdom to Blue Mamba in a panel from a strip that originally appeared in African Soul Surfer magazine in 1995.


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Goldie comes face to face with the Old Man in the Sky while looking at Mason's painted surfboard to be auctioned at the exhibition in support of the "Parallel Lives" Comic Project of the 2014 Muizenberg Festival. Strong resemblance hey? Some synchronicity here perhaps?


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Mason making final touches to the longboard for the exhibition this Thursday.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:19

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Open Book Comics Fest 2013: Biggest yet

Open Book Comics Fest 2013 turned out to be the biggest and most successful CCIBA event yet with over 40 South African cartoonists, illustrators and comic artists showcasing their work. The festival saw the launch of five separate independent comic book publications and was coordinated by comic book stalwarts Moray Rhoda and Andy Mason at the District 6 Homecoming Centre in Cape Town.

The festival included 8 seminar/panel talks on comics/cartooning and two days of follow-on workshops on comics, the production process, marketing comics, publishing and distribution. The CCIBA would like the opportunity to thank all those involved as we wait in anticipation for next year's festival.


To join the CCIBA Facebook group for more events and updates on both the Open Book Comics Festival and CCIBA related events, click on this link.

To view more information on the Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White anthology, a CCIBA publication launched in conjunction with the 2013 Open Book Comics Fest and the Open Book Festival, click on this link.


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Open Book Comics Fest exhibition stands at the District Six Homecoming centre in Cape Town.


 

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Daniël Hugo at his exhibition stand. Daniël launched an his anthology of comics, Oneiroaut, at the festival.


 

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CCIBA Head of the Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason and esteemed Bitterkomix artist Anton Kannemeyer at a discussion panel on the new Bitterkomix 16.

 

 

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Bitterkomix duo Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes doing a booksigning after the Bitterkomix WTF panel.


 

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Full house masterclass with British artist Mustashrik who also presented his creative work and comics as a guest speaker.

 

 

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Karl Mostert of They Did This! Illustration & Design giving kids drawing lessons at Central Library as part of Open Book Youth Fest.


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South Africa's biggest international export Joe Daly (author of Scrublands & the Dungeon Quest graphic novels), Chris Beukes (up until recently commercial comic book artist and now author of the self-published Wrath comics), esteemed South African novelist and international comic book writer Lauren Beukes (author of Shining Girls and published DC Vertigo writer) and Andy Mason (author of What's so Funny and The Legend of Blue Mamba, the latter of which was also launched at the festival).

 

 

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The CCIBA exhibition stand at the Open Book Comics Fest. The CCIBA was the main sponsor of the event and exhibited a series of hand-make book art by students at the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand. 

 

 

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The Graflit exhibition stand at the Open Book Comic Fest with images from the the comics anthology itself placed onto the wall. Graflit: Graveyard Literature n Black & White was 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, edited by Andy Mason and Roberto Millan. The launch was held in conjunction with the Open Book Comics Fest at the Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street with an exhibition of original works from the publication on Thursday the 5th of September. You can view photos from the event and of the book, as well as find out where one is able to purchase copies of the comics anthology on this link.


 

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 Open Book Comics Fest exhibition stands at the District Six Homecoming Centre in Cape Town.


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CCIBA Head of the Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason at his exhibition stand selling copies of his comic book anthology The Legend of Blue Mamba. Mason also gave a public presentation as part of launch held at the same event.


 

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CCIBA Director Keith Dietrich proudly posing for a photograph at the CCIBA Book Art exhibition stand at the Open Book Comic Fest.

 

 

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CCIBA representative and Stellenbosch University Visual Arts Department staff member Vulindlela Nyoni helping to sell copies of adventure comic series Cotton Star.

 

 

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Norman Nanimal at her exhibition stand at the Open Book Comics Fest.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand.

 

 

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An example of some of the handmade book art on display at the CCIBA stand.

 

 

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Two students of the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University manning the stands at the CCIBA Book Art exhibition stand.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:44

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