The medium of comics is widespread and very popular in large parts of Congolese society and in its multifaceted diversity, it combines various strategies of expression in the visual arts. In this digital project, the International Comic Salon Erlangen would like to present the variety of Congolese comics by means of individual contributions to particular phenomena and perspectives created in experimental and decolonial collaboration of the participating artists and curators from Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, the Congolese diaspora and Erlangen.
Jean Kamba, art critic and researcher, focuses his attention here on the contemporary painting practice of the artist Mfumu’eto in close relation to his influences of “popular” comics.
Comic artist Judith Kaluaji’s stories are inspired by the strong women in her environment in Kinshasa. In her comics the woman is everywhere: sometimes she is femme fatale, in her appearance and words, sometimes the opposite, but the artist always presents the image of a liberated and self-confident woman.
Rocky Production reveals some of the secrets of popular cartoonists and shows the printing process that makes his comics special.
Yann Kumbozi is a scenarist, illustrator and publisher of his own auteur comics. In this interview he explains why fiction is often more interesting for him than reality.