Comics in and from Africa
AFRICOMICS: Comic book design techniques
Sunday 17.9. - 16:00 - 20:00
Alte Feuerwache Köln
Comic book design techniques:
Hands-on workshop on comic design techniques with Odile Uwera, Brian Humura, and Vivian Williams
Cooperation: Goethe-Institut Bonn
The African comic scene is as diverse as the continent itself. The AFRICOMICS project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Accra 2020 enabled comic artists from sub-Saharan Africa to network internationally and develop new ideas and storyboards in local and regional workshops. More than 190 artists took part in the 2021 - 2022 workshops and 82 comics were developed.
A selection of these comics will now be shown for the first time in the form of an exhibition at the Africa Film Festival Cologne.
In addition to the exhibition, workshops will address a wide range of socially relevant topics, encouraging discussion, participation and reflection.
In cooperation with Goethe-Institut Bonn
Sonntag 17.9. - 16:00-20:00 Uhr
Illustrator and visual storyteller Odile Uwera (b. 1996) lives and works in Kigali, Rwanda. She likes to experiment with different media. One of her biggest dreams is to become a filmmaker. In March 2022, she published a colouring book for adults and children about Rwanda called "NKUNDA IWACU" (I love our homeland). When she is not devoting herself to her own projects, such as her recent solo exhibition "untitled - a journal of uncertain times", she works as a freelance illustrator. Currently, she is engaged in comics. Having written and illustrated two illustrated graphic novels since 2021, she is looking forward to further developing this medium in her career.
Artist and writer Brian Humura has been part of Uganda's digital art scene for 10 years. He has gained nationwide recognition for his comic books, such as GUARDIAN – ONE OF UGANDA'S HEROES, NDAHURA and TALES. His fascination with superheroes began at an early age, largely because of the desire to create characters and worlds with which Brian and his readers could identify - for which his comics are particularly loved. As co-founder of KAB Inc, an entertainment company specializing in the visual arts, he believes that his dream of bringing African stories to the world stage is about to come true: "Africa is becoming great".