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Title:Reading Zimbabwean comic strips
Author:MacLoughlin, T.O.ISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subject:comic strips
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4618230
Abstract:The indigenous comic strip in Zimbabwe has long been on the fringe of popular culture, neglected as much by artists as by editors and their financiers. Yet the Zimbabwean comic strip for adult readers has repeatedly dealt with, or at least reflected, predominant attitudes in the processes of recent Zimbabwean history. This essay illustrates that both before and after the liberation war in the 1970s, the comic strip has been an incisive indicator of ideological issues in Zimbabwe's development. It first makes a few theoretical points about comic strips. Then it turns to the comic strips of Zimbabwe, considering material from the 1930s to the present day. Special attention is given to the characters in the strips, such as Ninepence, Powerman, Rod, Hoza, Mujibha and Nyathi. Bibliogr., notes, ref.