But when fans saw the album cover, they pretty much knew what they were in for. Particularly in the vinyl era, every genre of music developed its own visual aesthetic, a tip-off to the listener as to what could be found inside the package. The look of jazz was partly defined by those Prestige and Blue Note covers from the late 50s and early 60s, with their pop-art graphics and slightly mythic photos of the musicians, usually seen in shadow or in serious thought or both, as on the Sonny Rollins sleeve.
That, alas, was one myth that got shattered by the CD era. When the cover was reproduced in hi-res on the 90s reissue, it became pretty clear that she had a white wedding dress on underneath. Pre- Beatles rock was as wholesome as it gets. But give a hand to Buddy Hollywho was ahead of his time in any number of ways.
It looks remarkably like an alt. Meanwhile, in the world of prog rock, the visual direction can be summed up in two words: Roger Dean. Interestingly, one of the later partners in Hipgnosis was Peter Christopherson, whose own music was a long way from prog.
He was part of sonic terrorists Throbbing Gristle. When it came to singer-songwriters, James Taylor threw down the gauntlet for a couple of generations with the cover of Sweet Baby James. Just try to look more thoughtful, slightly tortured and deeply sensitive — yet highly shaggable — at the same time. What could be more punk that looking threatening and cheap at the same time?
By and large, country music has stayed true to its visual traditions of cowboy hats and wide-open spaces. Not to mention the cover of his Rubber Room album. Soul music also bore a unique visual signature. Their narratives can also recount the stories of real-life heroes whose actions and sacrifices have changed the world.
Termed Biographical Comics, facts around historical figures are assembled along with comic visuals to tell the reader about and show the actions performed by these people during their Album). Subjects ranging from famous political figures, sports stars and celebrated musicians have all appeared in the pages of comics about their lives and achievements.
The project is as a unique combination of comic pages, factual information and poetry, celebrating the lives of some of the most important female Pictures From An Exhibition - Various - Discover The Classics - Myths And Legends (CD of the Apartheid struggle, including Phyllis Ntantala-Jordan, Ruth First and Miriam Makeba.
Interspersed with prose written by Ditlhake, the comic is formatted in different art styles that are crafted individually for each of the eight chosen women, weaving a beautiful visual tribute to truly remarkable people. An Apartheid framework. Molver carefully researched and drew from both oral history and written historical accounts, emphasising that this story too, is just one interpretation.
His striking art style and evocative colouring drives the narrative, and the educational sections of the book provide an enhanced experience around engaging with such an important South African story. The second book, King Shaka: Zulu Princewas published last year. There, he first created the series which he initially titled African Sketchbook. Our roots chronicles many prominent black historical figures, events, and customs. Topics and people featured are Malcom X, tribal marks, black people in Nazi Germany, and many other times, people, and places through history, as related to the development of current black culture.
Unable to obtain a male child to succeed him from one of his four wives, Senza'ngakona, the chief of a small tribe in 18th Century South Africa fell in love with a young woman.
From this unconsecrated union a boy named Chaka will be born. A child of adultery, a child of sin, Chaka is rejected by his family. Forced to flee, he embarks on a long wandering that will bring him to fulfil an extraordinary destiny. Somewhere between historical narrative and legend, Chaka is inspired by the best known novel of the Sotho-language writer Thomas Mofolo, who recounted in the form of an epic the destiny of Chaka, better know as Shaka, the founder of the Zulu Empire.
A story full of magic, madness and blood. The feeling of going further, of taking on the challenges I set for myself in order to always live up to the readers' expectations.
A long time ago, when the world was still a little bit strange the African continent was regaled with tales of wickedly impish tokoloshe, the ferocious Nyami-Nyami and Pictures From An Exhibition - Various - Discover The Classics - Myths And Legends (CD trickster god Anansi. These fabled creatures stood as guardians of precious resources; they served as cautions against lapses in morality; or even how animals took the forms that we know today.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that African Folklore continues to inspire the comics of our continent, with some faithfully retelling the legends and others modernising them and combining them into speculative worlds much like our own; but populated by amazing creatures and colours. Siku is unaware of her heritage, but as she develops powers the mystery of her origins begin to unravel. Kariba is unique in that it has a shared heritage in both comics and animation, starting originally as a pitch for a feature-length film, then moving over to its comics form to raise funds for the cinematic project.
The story takes place on Table Mountain where, according to legend, Van Hunks and the Devil had a pipe-smoking competition resulting in clouds pouring over the mountain. One is able to tell very personal stories visually without constraints like budgets or clients; you are only limited by your imagination and the ability to tell a story with pictures and words.
Wantonby Ray Whitcher, inspired by South African myths and a certain daily newspaper, follows the journey of four people dealing with a country ravaged by war and overwhelmed by the sudden uprising of creatures once thought to be myth.
The first issue sees a pair of inyanga traditional spiritualists set to battle an inumerable horde of tokoloshe wicked imps inclined to kidnap and murder as an ominous figure looks on. As the series progresses, more of the dark and mysterious speculative universe will be revealed, a universe filled with ruthless monsters, dangerous mercenaries and story lines directly drawn from tabloid publications.
The second issue will be released in the second half of I want my readers to hear my comics in their own voices when they read them and feel at home with the characters they see. Kweziwhich debuted infollows the adventures of the eponymous character as he navigates the development of his superpowers in fictional Gold City a hybrid of Johannesburg and Cape Town. In an arguably realistic representation, the hero starts out as an arrogant social media influencer, using his powers to attract attention rather than for altruistic ends.
He ultimately becomes the hero he is meant to be by embracing his legacy and his new teammates. Kwezi explores themes of power, dignity, African heritage and modernity in its story and has the privilege of being touted as possibly the first truly official South African superhero comic. Kwezi has been translated into several languages, including Swahili and Phedi. I address themes of time, power, society, culture, social terrain and the dynamic results that develop.
Mulatakoname meaning ''union'' in the Duala and Malimba languages of Cameroon, is a sci-fi comic book inspired by the local version of the Mami-Wata myth. Known in African and Afro-descendant cultures as the mother of waters, half-woman, half-snake, in the Cameroonian coastline, the mami-wata or miengu are humanoid water spirits, with their feet turned upside down. She is not a very assiduous student and is forced to repeat the year. At the same time, in the depths of the sea, a lively discussion breaks out among the members of the Assembly of the Miengu chiefs.
During this discussion, a terrible decision is taken: to exterminate part of the population. Educate yourself well and don't be afraid to return to training, take every opportunity to do so masterclasses, free and paid online training, and so onand know how to recognize opportunities. Culturally, I wasn't taught to love my own country, Cameroon. I was taught to love France.
In the popular New Bell district of Douala, the unemployed kids dream of Europe. Like so many young people his age, year-old Malik lets himself be dragged along on this risky journey. From Cameroon to Lampedusa, via the Libyan coast, one dramatic event follows another, until one day Malik is taken in by a humanitarian association. But when nostalgia for his homeland overcomes him, Malik wonders if he made the right choice. Will he be happy in Europe, which has suddenly become less welcoming?
This Voyage sans retour Journey of no return is a very beautiful album, as much for its graphics the author having drawn it entirely in watercolours with a remarkable resultas for its story. It is presented as a docu-drama, where the author was somewhat inspired by his own experience.
Years ago, the wizard Soumaoro broke the world before retreating to his magical tower. The people now live in fear of the almighty tower, and may be in need of a saviour. At least so thinks Awa, counselor to Prince Mansour Keita, as she tries to raise him to be the king the world may need. But perhaps the solution lies in her qualities more than his. As they enter the evil tower, mysteries are unravelled and a coming of age story unfolds as we follow their adventures inspired by folklores and aesthetics from West Africa.
Juni Ba dives into the rich folklore, mythology, and history of his heritage, mixing it with 21st century pop culture aesthetics, and a unique and energetic animated art style inspired as much by manga or Jack Kirby as it is by classic African art. Inspired by all the politics and social changes that happen in South Africa, the character of Captain South Africa was inspired by all the inspirational women that Bill Masuku attended university with.
The very first Captain South Africa was the pinnacle of superheroism in the country. He was a police officer that stepped up to take down crime to a record low and became the dam wall that kept evil at bay. He suddenly vanished forever and just like that, crime and villainy flooded the streets. Three years later a new Captain South Africa made her debut. Made in the aesthetic tradition of American comic books, Captain South Africais an original deconstruction and reinvention of the super-hero genre.
I have chosen these areas because I have been in love with comic books, cartoons, anime, manga, Album), and gaming since my youth. They are part and parcel of my identity, and wholly fuel my passion with each project I endeavour. Ray Whitcher is simultaneously a fan, a maker and a scholar of comics; combining this unusual approach into his studies around a Ph.
Mogorosi Motshumi b. So far only the first book, The Initiation, has been released. Motshumi drew cartoons for Freestate newspapers as well as working for 14 years at the adult literacy magazine Learn and Teach. Willem Samuel is a comics artist best known for Mengelmoeshis autobiographical graphic Pictures From An Exhibition - Various - Discover The Classics - Myths And Legends (CD series.
He did all the illustrations for the re-issue of popular s comics Die Swart Kat in He now works freelance as a storyboard artist and illustrator. Aside from comics, he also dabbles in painting and music and songwriting. Basadi-Sadi is her 4th year project, in which she tasked herself with creating a work that combines poetic prose with varied illustrations.
Having weathered great adversity, Ditlhake is a bright young academic as well as a fantastic poet and one whose future should be watched closely. Luke W. Daniel Clarke is a freelance illustrator, concept and fine artist from Cape Town. Largely self-taught, Clarke made a successful career as a commercial artist, rising through the ranks at Triggerfish Animation Studios to become Production Designer. In more recent years, he has focused his attention again to the Fine Arts, and the graphic novel Kariba which was conceived of as a film by the Blue Forest Collective, a team of artists with various backgrounds.
At a young age he fell in love with comics and began drawing.
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