South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 25 February 2015
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If you've lost track of all the comics events that are happening in Cape Town this week don't despair - we've figured it out for you (we hope). Plus, see Willem Samuel draw a punk-rock band with a twist, get the newest issue of Heavy Metal, and catch up on the latest news from the world of South African comics.

South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band

This is an event-heavy update to help you figure out what the hell is happening in Cape Town this week because there are so many things scheduled that it's impossible to keep track of what's going on (which is not a great way to get people to attend your comics events).

We also have a few news updates and some art and work-in-progress showcases to round off the roundup but expect a bigger (and hopefully less event-filled) news roundup next week because there's lots more to talk about.



Event: Stripped Documentary Screening, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Wednesday 25 February 2015, 20:00; The Labia Theatre, Upper Orange Street, Cape Town

Stripped is a 2014 documentary that features over 70 international comics creators talking about their work, including Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), and Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), and is a love letter to comics. The film was crowdfunded on Kickstarter and the team famously convinced Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin And Hobbes, to come out of retirement to do the poster art.

The screening is part of this year's Design Indaba FilmFest and it is only being shown once.

• Tickets: R50 [purchase here]




Event: South African Comics At Design Indaba, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Friday 27 February 2015 to Sunday 1 March 2015, 10:00 to 20:00 (Friday and Saturday), 10:00 to 18:00 (Sunday); Cape Town Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town

South African comics creators will be well represented at Design Indaba this year, after a small test run last year, in the form of launch events, panel discussions, and space in the public exhibition hall at Stand C16 where you can buy comics and view artworks. You will also be able to buy comics at the Design Indaba BOOK.exCHANGE.

(Specific comics events are detailed as separate entries below.)

Please note that the Design Indaba web site is a heavy bandwidth suck that might grab much of your data or crash your browser. The ticketing web site is safe, however.

• Design Indaba Expo Single-Entry Tickets: R50 (students), R60 (pensioners), R80 (adults), free for children under 10 [purchase here]

Design Indaba: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter





Event: Launch Of Kwezi Issue #3, Design Indaba, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Friday 27 February 2015, 10:00 to 10:20; Events Arena, Cape Town Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town

Loyiso Mkise and his team will be launching the third issue of superhero comic Kwezi, before transferring to the BOOK.exCHANGE for signings.

• Design Indaba Expo Single-Entry Tickets: R50 (students), R60 (pensioners), R80 (adults), free for children under 10 [purchase here]



Event: Panel Discussion, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
• Friday 27 February 2015, 14:00; Two Oceans Aquarium [map], V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Andrew Lamprecht, the editor of Comic Art Africa, Velocity Graphic Anthology publisher Moray Rhoda, Blue Mamba creator Andy Mason, and cartoonist Jeremy Nell (Jerm) will be discussing "the rise of sequential art from sub-culture into the mainstream" in a panel discussion entitled "Freedom of Expression: The Rise Of Comic Art And A History Of Protest". It forms part of Cape Town Art Fair's schedule of talks.

South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band

• Cape Town Art Fair Single-Entry Tickets: R80 (adults), R50 (children), free for children under 12 [purchase at the door and reserve a seat for the talk at the Info Desk, the Avenue (next to the Two Oceans Aquarium), Ground Floor]

Cape Town Art Fair: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter



Event: Launch Of Stray, Design Indaba, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Friday 27 February 2015, 17:00 to 17:20; Events Arena, Cape Town Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town

Sean Izaakse will be launching the first issue of Stray, which is a four-issue miniseries he created with New York based writer Vito Delsante. The funding for the first issue was crowdfunded on Kickstarter and you can read all about the behind-the-scenes story here. After the launch Izaakse will transfer to the BOOK.exCHANGE for signings and if you ask nicely he might sketch something for you too.

Don't forget to use the hashtag #StrayDay on social media to document the event.

• Design Indaba Expo Single-Entry Tickets: R50 (students), R60 (pensioners), R80 (adults), free for children under 10 [purchase here]



Event: South African Comics Panel Discussion, Design Indaba, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Saturday 28 February 2015, 11:00 to 11:50; Events Arena, Cape Town Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town

Jason Masters (DC, Marvel), Sean Izaakse (Dynamite), Lauren Beukes (DC Vertigo), Joey Hi-Fi (DC Vertigo), and Craig Nadelman (Mamba Media), moderated by comics scholar Ray Whitcher, will be discussing local comics and working for international publishers. I have been told that Nadelman will also be discussing "the tech of comics".

• Design Indaba Expo Single-Entry Tickets: R50 (students), R60 (pensioners), R80 (adults), free for children under 10 [purchase here]



Event: The Comics Process Workshop, Design Indaba, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Saturday 28 February 2015, 17:00 to 17:40; Events Arena, Cape Town Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town

Sean Izaakse and Jason Masters will be discussing comics creation, with an introduction by Velocity Graphic Anthology publisher Moray Rhoda. Masters has significant experience working as an artist for DC and Marvel (notably on Batman, Nightwing, X-Men, and Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Izaakse is a regular artist for Dynamite (Pathfinder) as well as half of the team that created Stray (see above).

• Design Indaba Expo Single-Entry Tickets: R50 (students), R60 (pensioners), R80 (adults), free for children under 10 [purchase here]



Event: South African Comics Presentation, Design Indaba, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Sunday 1 March 2015, 11:00 to 11:50; Events Arena, Cape Town Convention Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town

Ray Whitcher will be introducing Danelle Malan (Cottonstar), Kay Carmichael (Sophie, Giantslayer), Karl Mostert (Velocity Graphic Anthology and The Lil' Five), Roberto Millan (Squeers), and Moray Rhoda (Velocity Graphic Anthology, The Lil' Five), who will be discussing local comics and talking the audience through some of the publications that creators work on.

• Design Indaba Expo Single-Entry Tickets: R50 (students), R60 (pensioners), R80 (adults), free for children under 10 [purchase here]



Event: That Art Fair, Cape Town
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band• Friday 27 February 2015 to Sunday 1 March 2015, 12:00 to 21:00 (Friday and Saturday) and 10:00 to 18:00 (Sunday); 121 Cecil Road, Salt River, Cape Town

Art South Africa is hosting That Art Fair, which will coincide with Design Indaba and Cape Town Art Fair. The event will feature many disciplines, including sculpture, painting, photography, and performance art, as well as comics (notably Zapiro and Willem Samuel, whose Jurassic Punk Rock band (see below) will be available for purchase). The stated intention of That Art Fair is that it "is committed to fostering a spirit of creativity, sustainability, and positive change in the contemporary African art world". Sadly, it's a ticketted event, with costs ranging from R50/R70 (online/door) for a day pass to R100/R120 for a weekend pass. Visitors will also be able to buy the artworks, thereby contributing directly to fostering local emerging artists.

• That Art Fair Single-Entry Tickets: from R50 to R120, free for children under 12 [purchase here]

That Art Fair: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter



Star Wars #1 Variant Covers Are On Auction Now
The 20 Star Wars #1 variant covers that were illustrated by 19 local comics creators for Readers Den Comic Shop, to celebrate the launch of the first issue of the Marvel comic, are currently on auction on Bid Or Buy. Two of the covers, by Daniël Hugo and Chris Beukes, were created in store in Readers Den's Claremont branch as part of the launch celebrations.

South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band

The auction features work by Alastair Brauns, Andre Human, Andrew Cramer, Ben G Geldenhuys, Ben Winfield, Chip Snaddon, Chris Beukes, Daniël Hugo, Danielle Albertyn, Gina Viglietti, Jarred Cramer, Karl Mostert, Kay Carmichael, kEda Gomes, Moray Rhoda, Nicolas Rix, Rayaan Cassiem, Ryan Carolisen, and Vincent Sammy 1 and Vincent Sammy 2.

To bid you'll need to sign up for an account, then go to the Readers Den profile page to find the full list under the "Auctions" tab (you can't link to it directly) or click through using the links above to see the individual items. The individual auctions are staggered to end over the course of the next few days (in fact the first few are already over) so if you want to bid you'd better hurry.



Willem Samuel Draws Jurassic Punk Rock Band
Get a peek into Willem Samuel's (Mengelmoes) drawing process with this video he recently posted on YouTube, in which you can watch him draw a band of punk-rock Jurassic creatures (pterosaurs aren't dinosaurs, they're reptiles - that's our community-service announcement for the week).

You'll see him use pencil, markers, a brushpen, and gouache to create the piece of art, which is available to purchase at That Art Fair (see above).


[ YouTube link ]

The music is by The Scurvies.




Cartoonists In The Media
South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic BandAn article by Peta Krost Maunder in this month's issue of The Media tackles the subject of editorial cartooning. Local cartoonists offer their opinion on the role of cartoonists in the newsroom and how self censorship is a problem that increasingly affects some cartoonists' work.

You should still be able to buy the issue, which features cover art by Jerm (pictured, right), in store or you can read the entire article on The Media Online web site.

(HT Robert Millan and the CCIBA.)



The Souvenir Is In Heavy Metal
The Souvenir, by Daniël Hugo and Jayson Geland, which debuted at Free Comic Book Day last year and was one of brainwavez.org's picks in our 2014 Gift Guide, is being republished in the latest issue of Heavy Metal magazine (#273, with a cover by Marco Turini).

South African Comics News Roundup: Design Indaba, Star Wars #1 Variant Covers, Heavy Metal, And A Punk-Rock Jurassic Band

You can buy it directly from Heavy Metal or order it through your local comic shop. The preview is here.

This isn't South Africa's first success with Heavy Metal - last year local illustrator Eben de Waal's art was used for the cover of issue #269 and that issue also featured Apocalypse Chef by Chris Beukes and Greig Cameron.

The Souvenir: Facebook
Heavy Metal: Official Site, Facebook



New Art By Deon De Lange For Sale
Tomica and Gofu creator Deon de Lange has three new original artworks for sale: portraits of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov, and JRR Tolkien.


You can buy them online via his profile page on Unsung Art's web site.




News In Brief, In Pictures













New Work, Sketches, And Work In Progress
Here's a roundup of some notable and interesting work that's been posted on the Web in the past few weeks.



First People's Post cartoon for 2015 with a Back to the Future theme.

A photo posted by Gavin Thomson (@gavin_thomson_) on





New character sketch card. Karsh Kage from Tomica. #comicart

A photo posted by Deon de Lange (@jumpsuitart) on























The new @thehouseofmachines wine series. Featuring my GoddoSupiido illustration.

A photo posted by Gerhard Human (@thegerhard) on






















brainwavez.org News
We've been kept busy posting about recent comics happenings: the live drawing of two Star Wars #1 covers at Readers Den Comic Shop in Claremont in honour of the launch of the new series and a behind-the-scenes look at how the first issue of Stray (and beyond) came to be.

You can stay up to date with what's going on in South Africa with the #sacomics tag index on brainwavez.org, the #sacomics hashtag on Twitter, and by following @brainwavez on Twitter.


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