New anthology of contemporary graphic literature to showcase top South African comic art talent

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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 anthology features SA comics veterans Alastair Findlay, Daniel Hugo, Mogorosi Motshumi, N.D.Mazin, Saaid Rahbeeni and Rico, alongside a strong new crew including Jean de Wet, Luke Molver, Roberto Millan, Lwazi Kunene, Sebastian Borckenhagen and Su Opperman. The project has a developmental edge and features a number of emerging comics talents as well. There are also several single-panel portfolios, featuring cartoons and illustrations by Brandon Reynolds, Chip Snaddon, Dathini Mzayiya, Denise Dorrance, Pete Woo and Rayaan Cassiem.

 

GRAFlit will be launched at an exhibition of work from the magazine, to be held at the exciting new Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street, Cape Town, on 5 September. The event is held in conjunction with the Open Book Comics Fest, running at the Homecoming Centre, Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, from 7 September.

 

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 Publications. The project is co-funded by the National Arts Council, CCIBA, Youngblood and Mamba Media.

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An insert from Little Star, a GRAFlit comic by Lwazi Kunene (illustrator) and Ryan Ross Jales (scriptwriter).

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CCIBA 2013 Spring Workshop Open for Registration

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SPRING SCHOOL 2013

VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT  -    STELLENBOSCH  UNIVERSITY

A reminder that the Creative Workshops will once again take place at the Visual Arts Department, Stellenbosch University - from Monday 9 to Friday 13 September during the university recess. It gives the general public an opportunity to make use of the infrastructure of the arts department as well as their teaching skills by means of enrolling for one of a variety of short courses.

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Cartooning workshop @ Greatmore Studios

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Handbound: a collection of illustrated bookworks 2012

Design Indaba Expo, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 2-4 March 2012

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Handbound: a collection of illustrated bookworks is a group exhibition curated by Keith Dietrich and Vulindlela Nyoni on behalf of the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA), Stellenbosch University. The exhibition showcases a collection of handcrafted books that have been illustrated, designed, printed and bound by postgraduate illustration students from the Department of Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University.

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CCIBA’s Robbie Millan becomes editorial cartoonist at the Pink Tongue.

In a global recession of positions for editorial cartoonists, it's always welcome news when a new space is created for one. And even more so when that space provides a break for a promising talent who might otherwise have fallen by the wayside.

20120204 Roberto PinkTongue.previewIndependent Newspapers' Gay community rag has recently provided such a position for budding young cartoonist ROBERTO MILLAN; someone who has shown tremendous potential as a cartoonist and an illustrator.

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