Zakumi se Moer16.10.2009
KAK! What is this shit? Apparently this is Zakumi, the 14 year old green-maned leopard (WTF?) who will represent the proud, Rainbow nation of South Africa as our Official 2010 World Cup Mascot. The fact that it looks like it was drawn in South Korea or Japan, is perhaps lost on the big brains at SAFA and FIFA who sanctioned this kak. I mean is this ersatz, derivative Manga cartoon schlock the best we could come up with? What happened to the unique influence of African illustrative styles. Could we not have incorporated elements of Ndebele design or San art? What about Dogon artistic traditions. Hell, why not let Conrad Botes, Anton Kannemeyer and the rest of the Stellenbosch school of contemporary South African comic art take a crack at producing an “original”, African maskot, with a ‘K’. Why did we have to embrace some limp two-bit character from Pokemon?