Tell Your Story
A Comic Strip Basics Workshop
Facilitated by Natasha Matalanga, SAAM Docent, and local comic artist
Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:30pm
The workshop will be held in the SAAM garden behind the main building
Participant Availability up to 10 Participants between the ages of 6 – up
Just bring your creativity! All materials, tables & chairs will be supplied.
We’re taking a look back at the pioneering nephew of King Ibrahim Njoya of Bamoun, Cameroon who was a talented artist & Africa’s 1st Comics Artist during colonial-era Cameroon. He was born in the late 1800’s in the Bamum kingdom of Cameroon and is also known by the same name as his uncle who recognized his artistic talents at an early age. King Ibrahim Njoya summoned him for many artistic works including overseeing the re-construction of his palace after being destroyed by a fire in 1913.
As a comics artist he drew scenes of history and routine daily life of Bamum culture with juxtaposed images, sequential storylines, and intricate patterned borders (as seen in the image above). In this workshop Multi-Media Artist, Natasha Talanje will be taking a page from ‘Njoya by teaching the use of comics as an art form in the preservation of history.
Attendees will be introduced to the basics of creating comics with an exercise challenging them to document a routine process, e.g., a morning routine… cleaning, arriving home, going shopping, etc. Mimicking ‘Njoya’s style, participants will work with crayons and markers only, and in the end, design a border. The workshop serves to not only share history of a pioneering African comics artist but also provide a space of meditation and self -reflection for the attendees.
This workshop will be limited occupancy so to secure your seat you must register through the Eventbrite link below.
Seats are limited and we ask that if you do register that you please arrive on time for the workshop so that the space can be utilized.
Masks and Social Distancing will be Required
Photo of Johanes Yerima alias Ibrahim Njoya - First Comic Book Artist in Africa and Cameroon
Source: Les dessins Bamum, Musée d’Arts Africaine, Océaniens, Amérindiens, Marseilles, 1997
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Meet our Facilitator!
SAAM Docent | Local Comic Illustrator | SCAD Student
Natasha is a multimedia artist based between Nairobi, Kenya and Savannah, Georgia. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design. Her most renowned works include a short film, “The Cycle” and a comic “The Fall of Man.” Natasha says “I like to discuss philosophical content using Kenyan inspired themes. At heart, I'm a thinker with a passion for life.”
Check out links below to her website to view her work and a link to the video she did to capture SAAM’s 1st Juneteenth Celebration and 1st year becoming an official Federal Holiday.
Check out Natasha's work online
Facilitator and local artist, Natasha Matalanga