comic art by Joe Dog

Anton Kannemeyer, who uses the pseudonym Joe Dog, was born in Cape Town in 1967. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. After graduating, he did an MA degree in illustration. He made his debut in comics in the magazine Bitterkomix ('Vir Grootmense'), which he founded with Conrad Botes, in 1992. This magazine, that ran until 2002, was the only independent comic magazine in South Africa. It has a socio-political, satirical content and also offered a chance to young South African comic artists to show their work.

Die hemel help ons, by Joe Dog

In 1998, Joe Dog created the album 'Zeke and the Mine Snake', a tale about the mining labor in South Africa, with scenarist Vuka Shift. His work has also appeared in European magazines such as Formaline, Zone 5300, Lapin and the Comix 2000 anthology. Joe Dog and Conrad Botes have had exhibitions of their work in Amsterdam, Zürich, Bristol and many cities in South Africa. Currently, Joe Dog has also worked as a lecturer in illustration and silkscreening at Wits Technikon in Johannesburg.

Kannemeyer's later work has continued to deal with the issues of race relations, colonialism and Apartheid, as can be seen in his books 'Fear of a Black Planet' (2008), 'Alphabet of Democracy' (2010) and the striking parody of Hergé's much debated 'Tintin in Africa': 'Pappa in Afrika' (2010).

Pappa in Afrika by Joe Dog
Pappa in Afrika

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