Featured workAnton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes: Bitterkomix

Together with Conrad Botes, Anton Kannemeyer co-founded South Africa’s first underground magazine Bittercomix in 1992.

The magazine’s stories and illustrations focus wholly on subjects that are still partially taboo in South Africa today: racial indoctrination of young people, suppression of self-determined sexuality and deep-rooted post-apartheid racism. Bittercomix tells these and other stories in multifaceted ways, ranging from the autobiographical and pornographic to political and socially critical cartoons. Encouraged by the liberalization of the media following the abolition of apartheid, Kannemeyer was able to ingeniously take on and tackle these issues: although all kinds of racism and other oppressive standards had been officially abolished, they were still freely proliferating beneath the glittering democratic surface of the new rainbow nation. Kannemeyer’s work draws from his own experience of coming to terms with the violence he suffered as a youth at the hands of various authorities, and the cultural mainstream of the Afrikaner society responsible for it.

  • Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes. Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing. Comics magazine, 29 x 21 cm. Issue 7, 9, 11, 15 © Anton Kannemeyer. Issue 14, 16 © Conrad Botes

    Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing.
  • Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes. Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing. Comics magazine, 29 x 21 cm. Issue 7, 9, 11, 15 © Anton Kannemeyer. Issue 14, 16 © Conrad Botes

    Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing.
  • Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes. Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing. Comics magazine, 29 x 21 cm. Issue 7, 9, 11, 15 © Anton Kannemeyer. Issue 14, 16 © Conrad Botes

    Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing.
  • Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes. Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing. Comics magazine, 29 x 21 cm. Issue 7, 9, 11, 15 © Anton Kannemeyer. Issue 14, 16 © Conrad Botes

    Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing.
  • Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes. Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing. Comics magazine, 29 x 21 cm. Issue 7, 9, 11, 15 © Anton Kannemeyer. Issue 14, 16 © Conrad Botes

    Bittercomix, 1992–ongoing.