Not to miss at the Franschoek Literary Festival!

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Serious vs Hilarious (  Council Chamber ) Friday 13 May; 11h30 – 12h30
Two serious women and two very funny men discuss contemporary comic art, facilitated by Andy Mason (What’s so Funny?). Starring Marguerite Abouet, author of the award-winning Aya graphic novels set in Côte d’Ivoire; Colin Cotterill, bestselling crime writer and inveterate comics blogger based in South East Asia; Jeremy Nell, the maverick enfant terrible of South African cartooning; and Leonora van Staden, an Afrikaans cartooning auteur with a feminist axe to grind.

Publish or Perish: a small press symposium (Protea Hotel) (By invitation) Friday 13 May; 12h45-15h
An afternoon seminar on comic art and self-publishing facilitated by Andy Mason and featuring Andy Davis (Mahala.co.za), Steve Pike (Wavescape.co.za), Moray Rhoda (Velocity), Jesca Leibrandt (Awakenings) and other small publishers, organised in association with CCIBA and the Stellenbosch Academy for Photography and Design. Featuring an exhibition of book art by MPhil students of the  Department of Visual Arts.

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Free Comic Book Day @ Readers Den!

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Join Readers Den Comic Shop for the 10th anniversary Free Comic Book Day on Saturday 7 May 2011, 9AM to 3PM. Anyone who comes into the store is entitled to one free comic book.

The Co/Mix 2011 team will be hanging out @ the Readers Den on that day so come meet us!

readers den comic shop

Time of the Writer, Durban

March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Marguerite Abouet

March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Marguerite Abouet is coming to the Franschoek Literary Festival

Abouet, author of the award-winning Aya graphic novels set in Côte d’Ivoire, will discuss contemporary comic art with Colin Cotterill, bestselling crime writer and inveterate comics blogger based in South East Asia, Jeremy Nell, the maverick enfant terrible of South African cartooning, and Leonora van Staden, an Afrikaans cartooning auteur with a feminist axe to grind.

Serious vs Hilarious, two serious women and two very funny men discussing comic art will be facilitated by Andy Mason on Friday 13 May at the Congregational Churh.

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 1971, and sent to study in France at the age of 12, under the care of a great uncle. Aya, her graphic novel series, taps into Abouet’s childhood memories of Ivory Coast in the 1970s, a prosperous, promising time in that country’s history. This is an Ivory Coast which stands in stark opposition to Western images of Africa as a continent plagued by AIDS and civil wars.

Two exhibitions..

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

.. to go visit for all those that happen to pass by the North (no, not Belleville) in the coming months.

Moebius (no explanation needed i take it) is exhibiting his work in Paris at the Fondation Cartier until March 2011. In conjunction with the exhibition, he published his book TRANSE FOR ME which includes..

“some 250 documents that trace the entire career of Mœbius as both author and illustrator. With its mythical drawings, original black-and-white plates, compositions in hypnotic colors and unpublished storylines, this edition offers passage into the mœbiesque world.”

Check this beauty of an animated page! You’ll also find some practical info here..

Another worthy exhibition in this jolly xmas season is David Shrigley in Museum M in Leuven (yes, that’s Belgium). Shrigley is known for his bizar sense of humour, his absurde installations and his simple but dark edges. He has directed music videos for Blur and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.


GAL in the bathroom

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

I first discovered GAL in my teenage years by accident but then lost track of him. Years later, in my university years, I found myself surrounded by GAL in a tiny little bathroom of about 0.5 sqm. Someone had covered the whole bathroom, walls, ceiling, everywhere there was GAL. No window, no daylight, only a very weak 20 watts lightbulb dangling overhead and lighting up more than 200 cartoons on every wall, the ceiling and the door.

GAL, nome de plum for Gerard Alsteens, in Flemish means ‘gall’ or ‘bile’ as in  ‘dip one’s pen in gall’. And that’s exactly what Gerard Alsteens has been doing for 50 years. He is one of Belgiums most critical political cartoonists. This year he turned 70! and he’s not planning on putting his pencil down soon.

Forever my hero! Happy Birthday GAL!

“Man charges his ex-partner for not revealing his HIV status”

Man charges his ex-partner for not revealing his HIV status when they where in a relationship

 

“Christ beholding his Church”

 

“Mr Proper facing a disaster of proportions. Yes, he can!?”

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