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The Chronic! Out now


The new issue of The Chronic is out!

If you’re not yet aware of Chimurenga’s pan African gazette, it’s a nifty slice of left-brain thinking and creativity; a quarterly broadsheet bringing you graphic stories and comic journalism from all across this cool crazy continent which we call home.

Produced in Cape Town, Harare, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London, Douala, Dakar, Accra, Kigali and Kolkota (and distributed globally), where else can you expect to read about Michael Jackson’s come back in Nigeria, or how journalist Binyavanga Wainaina meets Youssou N’Dour in Dakar, learns to swim in the Atlantic and runs into a foul-mouthed Neneh Cherry? While elsewhere, Dudumalingani Mqombothi and Buntu Fihla head to the Eastern Cape on the trail of former Ciskei ruler Oupa Gqozo, and in Harare, Fungai Machirori has an Independence Day date with Robert Mugabe.


Also in this issue, Victor Gama inadvertently uncovers South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme searching for Augusto Zita and Willem Boshoff produces practical language for politics and governance.

Lesego Rampolokeng interviews Mafika Gwala, Mogorosi Motshumi highlights (the lack of) Black Consciousness in South African comics, and Tony McDermott‘s dubwise cover art for Scientist gets a reload. If you ever wondered about India’s thriving comics industry, there’s a critique on that too.


Nigeria’s cartoon and comics traditions are examined through Akin Adesokan‘s recollections of the bootylicious Ikebe Super, and Uzor Maxim Uzoatu‘s quest to find the all-action superhero from African Film, Lance Spearman. Where is The Spear?


The Chronic also features a special 8-page insert: the lost issue of Hei Voetsek! A reawakening of Zebulon Dread‘s cult, handcrafted periodical featuring graphics by Cape Town’s art collective, Burning Museum.

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To order the Chronic (in print or as a PDF), visit www.chimurenga.co.za/shop. Or peep their stockists around the world.


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