The exhibition follows on from the innovative Art of Comics exhibition hosted last year in Joburg by IFAS that explored the innovative new virtual reality formats and technologies being used by the burgeoning African comics scene.
Debuting at the virtual National Arts Festival and featured as part of France's Year of Comics celebration, the innovative online exhibition Afropolitan Comics allows users to not only browse exciting and diverse comic artworks from across the continent but to also interact with analysis of the comics by the exhibition curators as well as watch exclusive interviews with comic creators and illustrators.
The exhibition is presented as a conversation between South African comics and comics from other African countries and showcases the work of 16 artists organised around three core themes: Autobiography, Heroes and History and Folklore and Future. Among the major featured comic artists are South Africa's Loyiso Mkize (of African superhero series Kwezi fame), Luke Molver (the artist who drew the 1980s comic strip Sloppy), Nigerian artist Tayo Fatunla and Cameroonian artist Reine Dibussi.
For fans of graphic novels and comic books this is an exciting opportunity to discover new artists and genres and find new inspiration among this group of exciting young African artists. Changing the way heroes and storytelling is depicted in comics, these African comic book authors have sought to put stories based on African mythologies, African history and contemporary societal issues that are prevalent in Africa into print in compelling new ways, presenting young African readers finally with the opportunity to see themselves in comic book stories.
Afropolitan Comics online workshops
Complementing the exhibition is a series of online workshops and interactive arts activities for kids. Register and watch the workshops live here on the National Arts Festival website.
Fri July 3 at 15:30 Afropolitan Comics Workshop & Discussion: Heroes and History
Sun July 5 at 13:30 Afropolitan Comics Workshop: Personal Storytelling
Sat July 11 at 11:00 Cartoon Drawing Workshop with artist Tayo Fatunla - hosted live in partnership with Dibuka Kids on the IFAS Culture Facebook page.