Dear South African Illustrators On The Come-Up, How Dope Are You?

Very? Then this is right up your alley!

MTV Breaks (platform that offes budding creatives their first breaks – on a global scale) is searching for creative illustrators and colourists to translate the multi-award winning television drama, MTV Shuga into a unique and original comic book.

The new season of Shuga, set in South Africa and aptly titled MTV Shuga: Down South has reportedly,  “taken SA by storm”. But, where’s the fun in a storm without special people?

That’s where talented blossoming talent comes in. If you’re South African, aged between 18-26, haven’t worked professionally as an illustrator before but got mad skills, this could be your big break.

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All you need to do? Draw one of the MTV Shuga: Down South characters and upload it to Instagram, using the hashtag #MTVShugaComicBook (this is waaaay too long I’m afraid).  Entries, however, close on June 8th, 2017.

Get your work chosen by the judges and you stand the chance to get your work produced on an original MTV Shuga comic. What’s more? Win and you’ll earn R5,000 ($388) towards your tuition. All this for your hard work and creative genius!

What’s more, more? You get to be mentored by none other than Kwezi comic book creator and fine artist extraordinaire, Loyiso Mkize!

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To get in on the action or find extra info, visit MTV Shuga: Down South or MTV Breaks TV. Alternatively, connect with them on Facebook or on Twitter.

 

Squirt Creativity!

 

 

Newborn Saga: A Tale of True Africa

Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of Newborn Saga. The talents at Peda Studios make true on their promise to showcase Africa in her former majesty and glory! They not only do this beautifully, they do so in the grandest manner conceivable!

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Sparing neither effort in art nor plot, Newborn Saga has since Issue #0 (which is available for free), always aimed to impress. I had the privilege of reading the scirpts of the the first volume and I must say, the plot certainly impresses!

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After the long wait, Newborn Saga is finally in the print process and boy did it come at a perfect time. I just read through 3 issues which proved to be wonderful pieces of storytelling, heavily utilising suspense and allowing events to unfold in a purely organic fashion.

new11.fw_Perhaps, it’s most impressive quality is how it uses an ancient African setting, falling on real African people and drawing infinite possibilities from the lives of our ancestors.

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Newborn basically captures Africa back then and brings it forth in a beautiful manner. The story brings readers closer to life back in those days. The writers clearly did their research and understood that way of life thus, it easily translates to the reader.

7 (1)The characters are as captivating as ever. From the malicious demon Organdi, to the ever loyal Ifefunjo, the huntress of the dark, epic quests and fantastical feats, daring heroes and maniacal villains, come on, what more could you ask for?!

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Impressive art (issue #0) and wonderful stories yes that is the mark of a truly African tale, and that is what Newborn Saga is; a tale of true Africa! Be on the lookout for the completed comic.

Here’s a link to stay up to date with Peda Studios.

Squirt Creativity.

By Kevin Sampong

The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign

As seen on GoFundMe, April 15, 2017. Campaign by Asante Massawa.

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Since April 2013, an online social media platform called Nubiamancy has been sharing content that features black/African people in science-fictional, fantasy, and horror settings; on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and as of recently, YouTube. This was started by myself, Asante Massawa, in order to a) help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genres that underrepresent us, b) promote fantasy art/comics/films/animation/novels/photography that features people of African descent, and c) inspire creators to create more content in those veins.  Continue reading “The Nubiamancy Studios Campaign”

Nubiamancy: Scoping Black Magic Through Art with Asante Massawa

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for brilliant art that’s seasoned with black/African spice, Nubiamancy is it. It is an online goldmine that promotes some of the most amazing art depicting sci-fi, fantasy, mysticism and horror from and for a black/African perspective.

Nubiamancy aims to inspire creativity – to showcase works based on African mysticism and alternative forms of Afrocentricity – and to promote creators such as La’Vata E. O’NealGbenle Maverick, Venus BambisaSetor Fiadzigbey, Marcus Williams and more, who are spreading these sci-fi narratives through their creations. Continue reading “Nubiamancy: Scoping Black Magic Through Art with Asante Massawa”

Nigeria Boasts Incredible Illustrators – Farabale’s Artbeat 100 is Proof!

Nigeria boasts some crazy talented illustrators and the cool minds at Farabale (pronounced fah-rah-bah-leh) want you and the rest of the world to admit it. They’ve bundled some really spectacular art into a digital zine that’s up for free download on this pageContinue reading “Nigeria Boasts Incredible Illustrators – Farabale’s Artbeat 100 is Proof!”