This Saturday, 23 March 2018, Awali Comics and Mandela Bay Bay Book Fair (MBBF), will launch the first ever #FanMeetup for the Siri Watu: Descendants of Africa comic book. This event is open the public from 10am-12 at the PE Opera House.
Awali Comics was founded by Ziyaad Rahman from Cape Town and Duvan Botha from Port Elizabeth. The team are South African pioneers in manga, the Japanese style of comic books made famous by Dragonball Z and Ghost in the Shell series. Eventually, Siri Watu, will be made into an animated TV series.
“This will be our first fan meet-up in South Africa,” says Rahman. “Port Elizabeth is the hometown of Duvan, my partner, and the best illustrator I know. So it’s a great location to rally the support of friends and family.”
Siri Watu follows four teenagers from vastly different upbringings as discover they are part of a secret group of people that went silent and disappeared into exile long ago; people capable of manipulating the very world around them.
This first 26-page (28 pages if you include the beautifully-illustrated cover and back cover) fully-coloured issue follows Dialo, Ayanda, Senzo, and Zita as they face one of their first challenges given to them by a quirky old man: defeat the mystical best of Africa, The Ufiti.
“It’s long overdue to have an Africa-themed comic book read by kids in our townships,” says Mxolisi Nyezwa, founder of MBBF and lecturer at Rhodes University’s MA programme in Creative Writing.
The FanMeetup will take place on Saturday, 24 March 2018 from 10h00 at the PE Opera House, cnr John Kani Road & Winston Ntshona Road, Port Elizabeth.
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