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Friday, November 24, 2006

Motherland Comix

There's a fresh piece today in the NYT about a Harlem exhibition of African comix, and it's great read. (You have to become an NYT member to read it, but it's worth it, and free.) I could give you a big PC schmeal about what it means that an American news outfit is finally A.) covering African culture at all and B.) covering comix, to boot. The long and short of it is that these are great looking, and I'll leave it to the culture critics and socialogists to figure out what it all means.

I got first turned on to comix from Africa from my friend Jason, who used to live in Zimbabwae, and now lives in South Africa. One of the first things we sent me while over there was Bitterkomix, edited by the SA artist Joe Dog, a super heavy and bizzaro monthly comic collection of African comic art. It's a trip, check it out at your local comic shop if you can. They get away with stuff in there that would make Speigelman's RAW blush.

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