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African Comics, Graphic Novels, and Cartoons

A guide to researching comic art from and concerning Africa.

Deeper Research

This page lists book-length secondary materials and other sources about comics in or concerning Africa. For articles, check the Databases" box on the "Getting Started" tab.

We also own a wide variety of primary sources like comic books, cartoon collections, and graphic novels. Try NUsearch for comics anthologies and titles by specific cartoonists.

On Comics in Specific Countries and Regions

Online Resources:

  • Cartoonists Association of Nigeria (CARTAN) - "Nigerian cartoon art has a great history and boasts an impressive pool of talent that deserves a higher media presence. Our aim is to make sure it gets this by promoting our members’ work, via our Cartoonists pages, and by promoting cartooning news using our blog and other social networking sites."
  • Nigerian Politics and Society in Cartoon Art ("Africa Past and Present" podcast): Ganiyu Akinloye Jimoh (Creative Arts, University of Lagos) on his work in Nigeria as a popular cartoonist, with the pen name “Jimga,” and as a cartoon scholar. Issues discussed include: political aspects of cartooning; visual aspects of the art; language and graphic styles; and the future of cartooning in Nigeria.

Useful Websites

South African Comic Books: From the Golden Age to present, recording the history of Comic Book publishing and collecting in South Africa.