A counter-intelligence agent who operates across Southern Africa. A powerful superhero who, when inflamed, becomes part razor. Labour migrants seeking to travel from Zimbabwe to the much more prosperous South Africa.
These are just some of the characters who populate current Zimbabwean comics. And ground zero for bringing all these voices together is a one-room office in an affluent part of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, where the animation studio Makanimation is based. Here, Makanimation’s creative director, Tinodiwa Zambe Makoni, and comics creator Eugene Ramirez Mapondera, of Enigma Comix, operate the non-profit Comexposed, which is dedicated to strengthening the young but thriving geek subculture of Zimbabwe’s cities.
This duo – who are boyish, smiley, and eloquent – were fellow lecturers five years ago at an … Read the rest
When the Liberal Democrats last week launched their general election campaign, no doubt they had high hopes and expectations. Despite having just nine seats in the British Parliament since their poor show at the 2015 general election, it seemed that for the Lib Dems the tide might finally be turning.
As the only one of the main parties to be demanding Britain’s impending exit from the European Union be halted, their hope is to appeal to swathes of the remain-voting 48%. It’s a fairly sizeable chunk of the population.
But it seems that for Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, gay sex just keeps getting in the way.
He’s been asked countless times now whether as a deeply religious Christian he thinks gay sex is a sin, … Read the rest
It’s a strange thing, waiting. Sitting and wishing your time away feels contrary to any sensible approach to living your life. But last Wednesday evening that’s all I was doing. Sitting and waiting, desperate to conserve my energy, to control my levels of adrenaline, conscious of how soon all my reserves would be needed, how at this point there was far more at stake then a few precious hours of my life.
Our crew of 15 only met each other on Tuesday, but now just two days later we’re arriving into the Search and Rescue zone, some 12 nautical-miles off the Libyan coast. For the first time in the history of our boat, The Iuventa, she has a crew aboard that is a majority women; nine … Read the rest