Design of the week: Zulu creation reimagined

2014-06-22 15:00

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There’s a new graphic novel based on the work of Credo Mutwa, the traditional Zulu healer, artist and storyteller.

Though known for his work as a defender of indigenous knowledge systems, Mutwa’s name also features a great deal in conversations about UFOs, aliens and reptilian agendas.

His African tales have their roots in oral, traditional Zulu culture. This makes his work fertile ground for the imaginative audience of graphic novel readers.

The Tree of Life Trilogy uses excepts from Indaba My Children, Mutwa’s best-known literary work.

It’s put together by Pietermaritzburg-born writer and director Mark McKeown and artist Andre Human.

They’ve managed to polish and update the original tale’s vision with fresh, visceral illustrations.

The result is stunningly drawn and evocatively designed, a graphic novel worthy of the original.

The trilogy begins its journey with a look at Mutwa’s revelation off a quasi-biblical story of creation: “It is within the still-warm ashes from The Great War of Creation, that Ma, an immortal African Goddess, is born. Her divine task is simple: create matter and maintain its harmony. But stubborn Ma, alone and scared, forces The Great Spirit to rethink The Grand Plan.” – Percy Mabandu

.?Ma, the first instalment of the trilogy, is available for about R75 from Proceeds from book sales will be donated to The Credo Mutwa Aids Hospital

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