Sedition in the Suburbs

Nechama Brodie

This article originally appeared in the Mail & Guardian

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Two decades of sedition and subversion, and the comic anthology Bitterkomix has found itself firmly entrenched in the suburbs.

Anton Kannemeyer (Joe Dog) has bought a house in Pinelands, Cape Town, which will function as a studio for himself and his wife, artist Claudette Schreuders. Kannemeyer says the area is “great. Very quiet and unassuming–[the] best place to create filthy work.”

Conrad Botes (Konradski) arrives at the interview in running tights, having completed a jaunty 12km route from his own home.

It’s been five years since the pair released the last issue of Bitterkomix–which was supposed to be an annual comic edition.

“It’s really not easy to find the time [to draw comics],” Botes says. “It’s more time-consuming than people would imagine. And it’s different than before. I employ a studio assistant. There’s rent to be paid. Art keeps me…

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