Comexposed Convention revives local comic sector

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Potrait artist Farai Chirumiko shows some of his works during HIFA in the Harare Gardens.

LOCAL comic book creators, animators, publishers and artistes were elated on Saturday after they got a chance to showcase their appreciation for comic art at the Comic Book Convention at Alliance Francaise in Harare.

BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA

The first edition of the annual event, dubbed Comexposed, attracted the participation of nine artistes in different categories in line with the theme Know Your Heroes.

In an interview with NewsDay after the event, one of organisers, Tinodiwa Makoni, said the objective of the event was to give the artistes a platform to present their work while bringing together local heroes that Zimbabweans could easily relate to.
“The goal is to bring together artistes, fans, professionals and the corporate world in the comic book and digital arts field to engage and share opportunities,” said Makoni, who is a professional illustrator, comic artist and animator.

“We wanted Zimbabweans to know their heroes as portrayed by this year’s theme and to promote locally made digital arts.”

Makoni bemoaned lack of corporate appreciation of local art and said the convention sought to address the crisis and induce confidence into local businesspeople.

“Networking has been a big problem in this industry,” he said.

“We are hoping our efforts will help in addressing the issue, bringing all stakeholders together and giving them an option that instead of buying the services overseas or regionally, they can do it locally without compromised quality.”

The day was filled with activities with budding artistes bringing in their portfolios and fans getting more personal chats with filmmakers and distinguished art creators.