Comics and popular images as a grassroots system of collective knowledge production: Olivia Berkowicz analyzes alternative distribution architectures of popular comics using the example of Rocky Prod. As a self-organized media culture, the magazines and books form a local ecosystem that functions independently of state and postcolonial power structures and institutions.
After the Comic Salon 2020 was cancelled, the artists of the project “Popular Images” had to wait two years for their trip to Erlangen. This year in June it finally happened, the International Comic Salon 2022 could take place – and so could the long-awaited exhibition! Three of the artists from Kinshasa have captured their impressions and experiences of their stay in Erlangen in drawings.
Popular culture in Kinshasa, its narrative strategies, its role in society and its transformation over time: art critic and researcher Jean Kamba shows the connections between popular comics, music and television.
“His Majesty,” Papa Mfumu’eto 1er has declared himself emperor. His comics and paintings bring together spiritual worlds with Kinshasa’s everyday life and politics. A report by Ketshia Ngamala.