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Comic Book Displays Nelson Mandela’s Life

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

NelsonMandelaA graphic novel entitled Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book tells the story of the former South African President’s life. It shows in vivid color his beginnings being raised in a Thembu village to his recent years of helping youth through his Mandela Foundation.

With input from the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the comic also showcases childhood moments in Mandela’s life which have never been told before.

“Rendered in rich golds and browns, the comic book’s art — by a Johannesburg-based collective called Umlando Wezithombe — really lets us feel the gorgeous South African landscape and Mandela’s famous warmth. Against this backdrop, the narrative does fine work of making sense of decades of drawn-out political struggle and linking the African National Congress’ philosophies to its actions.” (via NPR)

(Image courtesy of W.W. Norton & Co.)

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