The old man and the 2B

OK – The BIG day is coming up soon and it’s promising to be even more exciting than the last one.

Last year saw a very eclectic blend and mix of art and artists trying to show a wider audience the more extensive role art has to play in graphic media and the impact it can have.  This year from what I have been lucky enough to see will be no different.

Why am I writing this and who the hell am I, I can hear you say?

I am writing this because as a young, divergent and emerging scene coming out of South Africa – Graphlit and Comicfest needs all the support and encouragement from both artists and public alike.  It gives a platform and a voice to people who may want to try something different, make a statement, highlight an issue that is personal to themselves or simply do something for fun.

I am really excited by this project as I have been asked to contribute to this years event, which I consider to be a real honour and privilege being placed alongside some of the finest talent SA has to offer.

Who am I? My name is Tom Kyffin and over the past 30 years I’ve been a working journeyman Artist/Illustrator.  Its highly unlikely that you’ll know my name but very probable you will have seen my work somewhere and at some point without even realising.

This year for Graphlit, I have been able to present something that for me as an artist has been truly unique and highly personal as well as being unhindered by any external influences to its’ presentation.

What is it? Well you’ll just have to keep on reading this Graphlit Blog and all will be revealed!  😉

Signing off,

The old man and the 2B


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!

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.