As the world holds its breath as he battles illness, UK distributors Gazelle have re-promoted the authorised Nelson Mandela comic.
Nelson Mandela was called a terrorist, forced into hiding, captured, threatened with the death penalty and eventually thrown into jail for twenty-seven years, but nothing could stop him from fighting to liberate his country from the evil of apartheid. A hero in the struggle against a terrible regime, he never gave up. Even when he was a prisoner, he worked secretly with his comrades to undermine the oppressive apartheid government.
The comic book, first released in 2008 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and published by Jonathan Ball, tells the story of Mandela’s birth and childhood, his struggle against apartheid and oppression, his 27 years incarcerated in prison on Robben Island, and his eventual rise as the first democratically elected leader of South Africa.
Comprising eight chapters, the book is an amalgamation of eight individual comics that were circulated for free to South African schoolchildren between 2005 and 2007.
It’s the story of a young herd boy who was to grow up to become a lawyer, a freedom fighter, South Africa’s first democratically elected president and the beloved grandfather of a nation.
The series was a project of the Foundation’s Centre of Memory, and was aimed at reaching young South Africans with the story of the life and times of Nelson Mandela, in accessible form. It drew on a wide range of published work, but also made use of previously unused archival material as well as formal and informal interviews with individuals who appear as characters in the story.
Nelson Mandela: The Authorised Comic
The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
Cape Town / Johannesburg, South Africa, 2011
ISBN 9781868424771 / ISBN 978-1-86842-477-1
Softcover, 24×28 cm, 204 pages, throughout colour drawings
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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