Graflit Artjam @ House vonOpperman: Roberto and Su Opperman starting their submissions

Hi Graflit members! Myself and fellow artist Roberto had a little informal get together (with one or two drinks) to start our stories. Made me realise again the what a big difference there is between a concept in your head and actually executing it! Well, we’ve started, perhaps a little bit late – but we’re rolling. I hope you are to! This is what we we’ve been up to.

Su Opperman compiling the script for a story inspired by Napoleon

Su Opperman compiling the script for a story inspired by Napoleon

Roberto - trying to get some drawings to stick to a page.

Roberto – trying to get some drawings to stick to a page.

Got so excited we decided we to take it outside!

Got so excited we decided we to take it outside!

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Hugo and Rhoda – Keeping it BIG.

How cool is that? South African representation at the San Diego International Comic Con. The Graflit Team would like to thank the guys from Velocity for putting local talent out there. A special thanks to Moray Rhoda and Daniel Hugo for making the effort and paying out of their own pockets to air some SA comic vibes internationally. The heritage of the Anglophone world make for some interesting myths and grungy metaphors, this, combined with South Africa’s third world setting, make for some great and gritty stories.  We have a visual interpretation to show for it, that’s pretty unique when compared what’s currently out there and commercially available. If you wanna see how hot the SA comics they put forward are, check out this link!

The GRAF/LIT team’s getting really excited for this year’s project! For those of you who don’t know, GRAF/LIT is a collaborative enterprise, consisting of both a publication and a kickass exhibition. With GRAF/LIT our goal to showcase some of the coolest, local comic art out there. Through this event, we aim to develop  a greater sense of public awareness when it comes to comic art appreciation in South Africa. So, last year’s exhibition was a hit and we plan to build on those successes! The theme for this year’s GRAF/LIT event has localized, it’s inspiration – the city of Cape Town.  To all the participating artists out there, we’re looking forward to presenting a show with all the funk and flavour that the Mother City has to offer.

The GRAF/LIT team proudly consists of Andy Mason – SA comic guru, Keda Gomes – artist extraordinaire,  Jean de Wet – renowned illustrator and Su Opperman -unorthodox graphic novelist.