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Afropolitan Comics: From South Africa To The Continent

 Afropolitan Comics: From South Africa To The Continent

Afropolitan Comics gathers the works of 16 artists from the African continent, organised around three themes: Autobiography, Heroes and History, and Folklore and Future.

It features the work of major comics artists from all over the continent, including South African artists Loyiso Mkize (who designed the exhibition’s poster) and Luke Molver, as well as Nigerian artist Tayo Fatunla and Cameroonian artist Reine Dibussi.

The Initiation by Mogorosi Motshumi.

This virtual exhibition has been conceived within the context of the current corona virus pandemic.

It is an innovative multimedia experience combining artworks, analysis by the exhibition’s curators, as well as interviews of the selected artists.

Basadi-Sadi is the work of Wits Digital Arts Master’s student Lesego Ditlhake.

Afropolitan Comics is the second project in the field of comics conducted by the French Institute of South Africa, after the Art of Comics exhibition held at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2019.


Comics have been at the centre of French popular culture for more than a century.

In 2019, 48 million comic books were sold in France, with bande dessinée (comics and manga) representing 16% of book sales. Comics are not only widely read among the French population; they are also considered as a full-fledged form of art – comic strips are often designated by the name ‘Ninth Art’ in French.

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Ray Maota