A South African comic is a book or periodical published in South Africa that contains sequential comic art stories.

South African comics are usually self-published books which cover a wide range of subject matter and styles.

List of South African comics

The following list represents comics that are currently available in print:

List of South African webcomics

The following list represents comics that are currently available in webcomic format:

Notable South African comic book events

2013 saw the biggest ever Free Comic Book Day event organized in Cape Town by Readers Den, a cape town Comic Shop. Local comic creators launch their new publications and showcase their work at these events.[8]

The 2014 Reader's Den Free Comic Book Day event saw the launch of 15 new South African comic books, with some creators traveling from different parts of South Africa for the event.[1]

The Open Book Comics Fest forms part of the annual Open Book Festival which takes place every September in Cape Town. The Open Book Comics Fest promotes South African comic artists, illustrators and cartoonists and includes a marketplace of over 40 tables, curated by Moray Rhoda.[9]

These comic book related events host market places where local comic creators sell and sign their self-published comics, launch new comics and deliver comic industry related talks, panels and workshops.

Notable South African comic book creators

One of the most successful South African comic creators working on international comic titles and publications is Joe Daly, the artist of a The Red Monkey, Scrublands and the Dungeon Quest trilogy. Dungeon Quest is published in the USA by Fantagraphics Books and in Europe by L'Association and was nominated for the Ignatz and Eisner awards and won the coveted Angoulême Jury Prize.[10]

Other SA comic creators with international publications include Karl Stephan, the author of Sparko, published by SLG, Sean Izaakse, artist on Pathfinder for Dynamite Entertainment and Jason Masters, an artist working for DC Comics on various Batman titles. Lauren Beukes, a well known SA author, has been writing for DC/Vertigo.[10]

Afrikaans comics

There also exists a smaller Afrikaans scene, with comics written and drawn by the Afrikaner population. Notable examples include the alternative and acidic comics produced by the Bitterkomix collective, as well as the gritty Coloureds series by brothers Nathan and Andre Trantraal.

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