The Unknown Salem Brownstoneby Niles Burns / 17.12.2009
The hottest graphic novel of 2009/2010 was written and illustrated by two South Africans (Ok one South African and one Venutian). John Dunning and Nikhil Singh.
Their graphic novel, Salem Brownstone was praised by Alan Moore, creator of the original, cult graphic novels for Watchmen and V for Vendetta, who said it was, “A wonderfully imaginative and stylish piece of work and a perfect example of the adventurous new directions that comic books should be taking in the future.” Alan Moore. One of the gods of comics said that (and he says very little). People as diverse as Harmony Korine and the late Anthony Minghella have all praised it. It’s got great reviews by everyone from specialty press like the Forbidden Planet to The Guardian and Financial Times, but does anyone in South Africa even know? Is any bookstore selling it? Any press? Any gallery carrying Nikhil Singh’s work?
Ja, what the fuck?!
This year South Africa got on the map for a big budget Sci-Fi with District 9 and now we have top billing in the rarified world of graphic novels. Next year thousands of foreigners will flock to the country and in between spending money, watching footie and blowing vuvuzelas they’ll ask about our amazing artists and nobody here will even know what they are talking about! Snap out of it people. Demand your local book store carry Salem Brownstone. It’s world class.