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Participating artists: International artists Jacques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium), Erik Kriek (Netherlands) and JP Kalonji (Switzerland), Maia Matches (Netherlands) and Joelle Flumet (Switzerland). Well known South African artists Zapiro, Anton Kannemeyer, Rico, ND Mazin, and Mogorosi Motshumi. Additional South African artists from the comics industry as well as other crossover fields of art, include Colleen Ross, Daniel Mark Nel, Elaine Woodbridge, Jason Bronkhorst, Jeff Rankin, Jesca Marisa, Jesse Breytenbach, Joanne Bloch, Kelly Gough, Masha Du Toit, Pete Woo, Rayaan Cassiem, Roberto Millan, Stephanie van Vuuren, Su Opperman, the Trantraal Brothers, Wesley van Eden, and Willem Samuel.

Artist Profiles

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 Jacques de Loustal (France) is one of the most popular French contemporary artists in fine art and comics. Loustal has been in Africa for a good part of his life, which is strongly reflected in his art. He has collaborated on many fanzines, short comic stories and albums. From 1984 Loustal became a frequent contributor to the monthly À Suivre, for which he created ‘Coeurs de Sable’, ‘Barney et la Note Bleue’, ‘Un Jeune Homme Romantique’ and ‘Kid Congo’. In addition, his work was present in L’Écho des Savanes with several short stories. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, numerous album collections appeared. Besides comics, Loustal has had an extensive career in illustration.
| Web Biography | Web Site |

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 Ephameron (Belguim) is inspired by moments, thoughts and feelings. Her world feels quieter than real life and is an intimate place between here and elsewhere, between the past and now. The fragility of her art is expressed through subtle colours and strong lines in digital compositions, collages and drawings. After graduating illustrative design and fine arts, Ephameron started creating for magazines, clients and companies. She has been showing her art in exhibitions all over the world. In her free time, she likes to organise art projects like group exhibitions, underground book fairs and publications. Her first book Love/Pain came out in 2006, the follow-up Found+Lost was published in 2009. A first graphic novel in Dutch called Weg (text by Pieter van Oudheusden) came out in 2010, all from Bries publishers.
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 Erik Kriek (The Netherlands) lives in Amsterdam where he studied illustration and graphic arts at the Rietveld Academy for Art and Design. He is a free-lance illustrator and comic artist. Among his most well known works are the internationally acclaimed Gutsman Comics. Gutsman was made into a ‘silent’ theatre production in 2006, in which the author played himself on stage. In 2008 Kriek received the “Stripschapsprijs” the most important oeuvre award for comics in the Netherlands. Kriek is currently working on a variety of commercial jobs, and also busy making a graphic novel featuring adaptations of stories by the American pulp author H.P. Lovecraft to be published in 2011.
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Gert Jan Pos (The Netherlands) will be coming to Co/Mix with Erik Kriek. Since 2009 he has worked as a comic strips promoter at The Netherlands Foundation for visual arts, design and architecture. He has organised exhibitions with dutch comic artists, published an overview of Dutch literature in comic form, and is currently working on a television series about comics. He is also collaborating on the biography of Rembrandt van Rijn with the Rijksmuseum. At Co/Mix2011 Gert Jan will give a presentation on the inspiration sources of dutch comic art and what can be expected from the lower countries in the coming years.

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 JP Kalonji (Switzerland) hails from Geneva in Switzerland. He recently signed up with Dark Horse in the USA for his publication ‘365 Samurai and a few bowls of rice’. His book’s debut was at the World Famous Comicon in 2009 where to his own joy and amazement he was seated alongside the great comic book masters such as Mike Mignola (creator of Hell Boy) as part of Dark Horse’s rosta of published works. His book has sold out in Australia, NYC and London.
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 Maia Matches (The Netherlands) was born and raised in Toronto, presently conjuring up comix in Amsterdam. She studied Fine Arts and Sculpture at the Academy of Arts and Design, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where she initiated her first DIY comix zine: Crap* in 2002. Crap* still circulates beneath the Amsterdam canals (stuck between an abandoned bicycle and some beer cans) and has since taken new forms of life, most recently the newsprint KAK, written and published in Cape Town, 2011. Maia’s handmade books and prints have been exhibited worldwide, including StripTurnhout Belguim, Ficomic Barcelona and most recently at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town. Her most ambitious project involves the research of her South African grandfather, Bill Hart, of whom she will write the biography in comic form.

| Bill Hart blog Photos of Maia’s artwork |

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 Joëlle Flumet (Switzerland) was born in Geneva where she lives and works. She studied at the Geneva University of Art and Design and obtained her diploma in mixed media in 1996. She makes sculptures, installations, objects and, since 2000, vector drawings that led her to work occasionally as a free-lance illustrator. She has received several distinctions (such as the Swiss Art Award in 2010) and is regularly exhibited in Europe, and sometimes further afield. Her works have been recently published in «Swiss drawings 1990-2010» for the eponymous exhibitions at Musée Rath, Geneva and Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau in 2010 and 2011.

| Web site  | YouTube |

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 Jonathan Shapiro was born in Cape Town in 1958. His work as a cartoonist began in earnest with a wide range of political and progressive organisations. He was editorial cartoonist of South from 1987. He went to New York on a Fulbright Scholarship to study media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York where he studied under comic masters Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. Zapiro was editorial cartoonist for Sowetan from 1994 – 2005 and appeared in the Cape Argus 1996 -1997. He has been editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian since 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and since September 2005 also appears three times a week in Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News.

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 Anton Kannemeyer is best known as the co-founder of Bitterkomix. Born in Cape Town, he graduated with an MA in fine arts from Stellenbosch University and subsequently lectured in fine art and illustration before devoting himself full-time to his work, which includes comics and fine art. His publications include Bitterkomix, The Big Bad Bitterkomix Handbook and several other Bitterkomix compilations (all with Conrad Botes) as well as two books, Pappa in Afrika and Alphabet of Democracy. He has exhibited widely in South Africa and internationally. His work has been published in numerous publications and catalogues around the world, and is held in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2010 he exhibited in the USA, DRC, Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands and South Africa.

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 Rico Schacherl is a cartoonist based in Johannesburg and responsible for illustrating the highly successful comic strip Madam & Eve. Born in Austria in 1966, he claims he has been drawing cartoons ever since he was old enough to hold a pencil. After less-than-successful studies in graphic design and architecture during the late 80s, Rico decided to get a real job as a cartoonist, where he has made his mark as one of South Africa’s finest. Besides his work on Madam & Eve (with creative partner S Francis), Rico also illustrates in a wide variety of styles ranging from serious editorial to humorous magazine illustrations and children’s comics.

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 N.D.Mazin (Andy Mason) has been involved in drawing, publishing and exhibiting cartoons and comix since his student days, way back in the seventies. His comix include Cogent and Crint, Vittoke in Azania, Vusi Goes Back, Stella Starfinder, Sloppy (with Mogorosi Motshumi), The Big Chillum, The Legend of Blue Mamba, New Planet TV, The Artist’s Life and Azaniamania. His publications include PAX (Pre-Azanian Comix), Mamba Comix, Don’t Joke! and Just For Kicks! (with John Curtis), and What’s So Funny? Under the Skin of South African Cartooning. His next book is a collection of his own work entitled Azaniamania: Comix and Stories. His previous exhibitions include Off The Wall at ArtSpace in Durban. He currently heads up the Comic Art Unit at CCIBA, teaches at the Stellenbosch Academy and works as an editor at a climate change organisation.
| CCIBA Web Site | Words & Images Blog |

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 Mogorosi Mothsumi grew up in Batho township near Bloemfontein. His first cartoons appeared in The Friend in 1978. Later he moved to Johannesburg and worked for The Voice where his comic strip In the Ghetto ran for about a year. He then worked for Learn and Teach illustrating literacy booklets. The comic strip Sloppy, which began in the first issue of the organization’s monthly magazine, is the most sustained comic strip about township life to have emerged from the apartheid era. He began his autobiographical graphic novel Hard Rock in 2006, to be published soon.

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 Colleen Ross usually begins with a conscious thought before moving into a subconscious level in which the work takes on it’s own life and dictates to her what should happen next.  Her recent work deals with the issue of women and ageing in a society that places increasing emphasis on youth. She loves the demands and physicality of the etching process; the combination of technical precision and magical accidents and the contradiction of linear hardness and the sensuous velvety softness of aquatints.
| Web Site | Recently Old Blog |
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 Daniel Mark Nel comes from Durban and studies Fine Art in Grahamstown.  He’s been doing graffiti for 7 years. Currently he’s into all kinds of stuff:  digital and hands on illustration (mostly the hands on part), oil painting, animation, stop motions, short films, murals and letters, life drawing, cartoons, and street art of every sort. He works with spray paint, oil paint, inks, charcoal, computers, and finally the good pencil. Big, loose murals are one of the things he would like to push in South Africa. The mural as a medium is highly potent and has big potential for growth, both stylistically and in size.

Daniel and his team of artists from Durban will be involved in the Visual Arts Performance Event (VAPE).

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Elaine Woodbridge is co-designer and maker of the comic plush characters called Woo-men Plush Toys. Elaine completed a glass casting apprenticeship and glass is still her first love. She enjoys being on the uncomfortable edge of things such as the fringe zone between craft and fine art. She works in cast glass sculpture, soft sculpture, crochet, french knitting, and photography. She likes organising Soirees and collects old 35mm slides, blogging about them in a project called Back in the Day SA.
| Personal Blog | Woo-men Blog | Woo-men Web | Back in the Day SA |

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 Jason Bronkhorst grew up on the West Rand. He studied Drawing, Painting, Design and Ceramics at the National School of Arts. He works from Joburg as a humorous illustrator and graphic designer. Jason has been drawing in sketchbooks as a daily warm-up routine for years. The drawings are inspired by human frailty and daily wranglings. He explores themes of loss, ennui and disillusion using humorous symbols and characters. He draws straight onto the canvas, layering with several different media such as pencil, acrylic, ink, oil stick, charcoal, coffee, collage, and Tippex, developing ideas and images as he goes.
| Blog | Infiltrate Media | Comix Dot Coza Directory |

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   Jeff Rankin with Andrew Mogridge. Jeff trained as a fine artist/printmaker, lecturing at various institutions until 2009; he has exhibited widely in SA and abroad, and worked as newspaper cartoonist and on a number of comix projects. He recently built the Albatross Studio near East London to run classes, workshops, and to meet with his muse.  Andrew  trained as fine artist and graphic designer in East London and currently runs Mogridge Design and his latest initiative ICE (Institute of Creative Enterprise). Coming together again as the Longpocket Library collaborative, Jeff (visuals) & Andrew (sound) are working on a unique artist’s book for the Co/Mix event.
| Jeff’s Web Site | Andrew’s Web Site |

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Jesca Marisa is an illustrator, animator and some time writer hailing from Cape Town. Her chosen mediums of story telling are film and comic books. Her latest work is an animated short film called Mune: Love Between Worlds which is currently playing at many festivals worldwide.  Jesca is also the author of the graphic novel series called Awakenings.
| Web site | Blog | Portfolio |

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 Jesse Breytenbach is a printmaker and illustrator in Cape Town. She’s originally from Grahamstown, which is why her work is a lot less cheerful than it should be. She uses a dip pen and the thickest black ink possible, and digital media as a last resort.
| Blog | Web Site | Shop |
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 Joanne Bloch is an artist living in Cape Town, whose practice has evolved out of her ever-growing collection of small, trashy objects – toys from egg machines, fridge magnets, pom poms, beads and other ephemeral tat commonly considered to be valueless. By reconfiguring and displaying these trinkets in new ways, Joanne exercises her (impossible) desire to catalogue the miniature version of everything in the world. She also asks questions about consumerism and excess, greed and need, and tries to interrogate and disrupt  the categories of ‘throwaway’ and ‘beautiful’, ‘valuable’ and ‘cheap’.
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 Kelly John Gough showed a keen aptitude for art from the age of four and was trained by his father. His fascination with the human form has endured. Kelly studied art throughout school and decided to become a professional artist but was discouraged by well-meaning people. Thus he studied graphic design and spent a frustrating eight years in Advertising. In 2002 Kelly received patronage which enabled him to pursue his dream and produce an extensive body of work. It was during this time that he developed the visceral technique that makes his work immediately recognisable in galleries and interior design stores around the country.
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Masha du Toit is an artist and writer living in Cape Town. She creates art that tells stories, and writes stories about unexpected magic in everyday situations.  Her favourite working method is to create dolls from polymer clay, fabric, embroidery and found objects. She has a Degree in Fine Art (Bronze Casting) and a Masters in Information Technology.
| Personal Blog |

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 Peter Woodbridge is a musician and comic illustrator from Capetown. In the early part of his career he worked on educational material and later spent 10 years at Supa Strika Entertainment as one of their head illustrators. In June 2010 he exhibited his acrylic comic art paintings along with Woo-men in the Fringe at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Pete is also hired as a caricature artist. He currently freelances and mainly works in digital illustration.
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Rayaan Cassiem grew up in Heideveld on the Cape Flats and his fondest memory is of his gran buying stacks of comic books whenever he was ill. His collection included old-school horror comics and the heroic exploits of Superman thus beginning his ongoing love affair with illustration and comics. His journey to geeky fan boy was complete. After high school Rayaan studied graphic design at CPUT. He works in the advertising industry and enjoys illustration, especially digital painting and sculpting. Being a video game, animation and movie fan, Rayaan hopes to move into 3D animation and visual effects.
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 Roberto Millan completed his degree in Information Design at Pretoria in 2008. Now completing his MPhil in Visual Arts (Illustration) at Stellenbosch, Roberto has featured in local and international publications including Ayhe3!, Africa Comics and Akkerjol. His interest in comics stems from an obsession with autobiography, humour, historical representation and the potential of the form as a narrative device. Roberto illustrates and writes children’s books, dabbles in hand-made book art and is exploring illustration as tool for human rights and political awareness. He is the winner of the Africa e Mediterraneo award for “Best Unpublished Comic Strip by an African Artist 2009 -2010”.

| Website assistant at CCIBA |

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 Stephanie van Vuuren is a 3D illustrator best known for her hand sewn Nanimals made from recycled material. She recently completed her Fine Art degree and works as an assistant lecturer in sculpture and art history. She enjoys spending time in her studio with Norman Nanimal (aka Bushycathigersquill) where together they make up adventure stories in the imaginary land of Nastraliam. Stephanie works vigorously in any old medium but has recently rediscovered a fat 8B pencil on aged paper and her type writer. She and Norman have collaborated with musicians, photographers and writers.
| Portfolio | Norman Nanimal on Facebook |

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 Susan Opperman recently finished her Master of  Art  degree at Stellenbosch University. After studying art for 8 years, she thinks it should be safe to call herself educated (even if others do not). All this education, however, has made her realise that she is currently suffering from a very stable upbringing. Apart from art and comics, her other not so secret love is Riaan Cruywagen. She enjoys watching Noot vir Noot, savours a good drink,  finds pleasure in a cracking surf, and plans to go on a sail (while drawing of course).
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 Trantraal Brothers. Andre and Nathan Trantraal are comics creators from Cape Town. They got into comics thinking they would live a bohemian, hedonistic, thoroughly debauched lifestyle when the money started rolling in. It hasn’t quite started yet so they have only been able to sustain the lifestyles of minor debauchees.  They do a strip called the Richenbaums in the Cape Times which is the best newspaper strip since Calvin and Hobbes according to their mother.
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Wesley van Eeden – Hope Project. We see our lives as a “project” and an “adventure”. Hope Project aims at producing illustration for Advertising, Animation, Editorial, Branding, Identity, Typography and Apparel with a positive force. Our work has been used by clients internationally for a wide range of commercial work and have also exhibited nationally and worldwide on various exhibitions. We don’t  just like to draw, but we also like to paint as well as design on computer.
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Willem Samuel lives in Cape Town and works at Strika Entertainment as an Art Director. He is currently involved in creation of the Supa Strika monthly football comic. Willem studied Fine-Art at Stellenbosch (2002-2005) during which time his work was published in Bitterkomix and more recently in Laugh it Off annual. He loves painting, music, morning walks and Jesus!
| Blog | Flicker |

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