African Graphic Novels

The latest issue of African Writing (No 11) carries my report on the First Salon on African Graphic Novels, held in December in Paris.  The visit was an eye-opener for me.  The writing and illustrating of African graphic novels is often of the very highest quality.  The main article reproduces some pages of from the works.  This blog supports the main article by providing author photos, some links to larger clearer images of the work itself, and some extra thumbnails showing further works featured in the Salon.

One of the leading writers of African Bandes Desinées (BD)  is Chistopher Ngalle Edimo (below).

Edimo is the writer behind the dark and hyper-realist  Malamine: un african à Paris, illustrated by Simon-Pierre Mbumbo.  To see larger version of all images below, click on them.

Cover of Malamine by Edimo and Mbumpo
Inside page Malamine, art by Mbumpo

Below are thumbnail links to the cover and sample page of the more comic tale of émigré life also written  by Edimo and illustrated by Al’Mata, Le Retour au Pays D’Alphonse Madiba dit Daudet.  The main article describes the story with some comments by Al’Mata.

Another book by Edimo illustrate by Al'Matta

Christope Cassiau-Haurie is an organiser of the Salon, and is the editor of a new list of African BD for L’Harmattan publishers.  Below is a link to an interview by him in French with Edimo on the Africultures website.

Below, Pahé, one of the most popular writer-artists of African BD.   The last thumbnail below links  to a larger image from his autobiographical comic novel La vie de Pahé.

T.T Fons is the author-illustrator of the popular Senegalese newspaper strip Goorgoorlu (below)  The thumbnail links to the cover of one of his collections

Annani Accoh, one of the Accoh brothers who illustrate the Africavi series, which is written by three generations of the family.  The series is in the Francophone tradition of robust humorous adventures.

Photo of Leon Ngandu, called Tchibemba, illustrator of Les Clandestines a la Mer

L’Afrique de Papa by Hippolyte, also featured in the main magazine, is a one of the most ambitious works featured in the Salon.  Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images of this impressive work.

Cover 'L'Afrique de Papa' by Hippolyte

First sample page L'Afrique de Papa'

Second sample page by Hippolyte

Marguerite Abouet’s Aya de Yopougon is a popular series of six graphic novels about a young woman’s life in a small Ivorien town.  Cover below and links to two pages.  The illustrations are by Clément Ouberie.

Cover 'Aya' by Abouet

Aya by About sample page

Second sample page 'Aya' by Abouet

Rwanda is a powerful graphic novel, illustrated by Patrick Masioni.

Rwanda cover, illustrator Patrick Masioni

Ago Publications are introducing superhero comics to Togo.  Essingan is a magazine for younger readers featuring fantasy and superhero stories from the Cameroon.

Selection of covers from Ago publications

Cover of children's magazine Essigan

A short documentary about the Salon is available on Youtube

If you would like to see more images from the Salon itself, or from African BD, please let me know by commenting below.  There’s a short biography of me at

Geoff Ryman