oa Alternation - Van Gogh was really a punk: the first Afrikaans graphic novel

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Vincent van Gogh is alive and well and living in Hillbrow. The well-known story of the famous painter comes alive in Hemel op Aarde, the hilarious first Afrikaans graphic novel that does not only have punk credentials, but provides with its visual impact and narrative drive, entertainment on many levels. In this article I will attempt to explain: 1) the progression from comics to the graphic novel, 2) the 'language' of comics, 3) why Hemel op Aarde will fit into a 'punk' library, yet can be enjoyed on various levels, 4) why it ultimately fails as a challenge to the political status quo.

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