Day one of the Open Book Comic Fest was a blast, but I was pretty tired and not sure if I was going to make it for day two.
Despite it being my stay at home and recover day, I decided to venture out to attend a discussion at day two of the Open Book Comic Fest. I woke up very late (12 pm to be exact) after hitting snooze several times, and had to shower, clothe myself, and run to the station before the train arrived. I got to the station all sweaty and out of breath, only to discover that the trains were delayed.
I eventually got into town, and made my way to the Homecoming Center. Thankfully I got there with about 10 minutes to spare. I very briefly touched base with a couple of people, and caught up with someone who taught me in my undergrad. When I saw him, I realised how I knew someone else, who I recognised but couldn’t figure out how I knew her. It turns out she and I had more than a few undergrad classes together.
The discussion itself was definitely… controversial. Whenever there’s a discussion about comics in South Africa, the Bittercomix guys get mentioned since they are (or were) considered to be the face of South African comics. One of the artists took issue with this. He stated that they were ground breaking at a time, but that time has passed and most of the guys involved in the Comic Fest aren’t interested in their style of political comics. To paraphrase: sometimes all they want to do is tell a story about a knightly knight facing off a dragony dragon, and that kind of story should still be valid in the South African context. I had to deal with something similar when I was in film school at AFDA, so I agreed entirely.
I hung around for a while after the discussion to chat to a couple of friends, but soon realised that I needed to grab a few snaps of people’s work before I left. As I made my way around I realised I was running short on time and ended up missing a few people who I said I would come back to (sorry Ben). I said my goodbyes to as many people as I could on my way out and ran all the way back to the station. Thankfully I made it on time because this time, the trains weren’t delayed.
And as I said yesterday, here’s a few snaps of the awesome work from a few of the local Cape Town artists: