The JRB presents an excerpt from All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa, a new graphic novel by Richard Conyngham.
All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa – A Graphic History
Jacana Media, 2021
All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa features six fictionalised accounts of true stories of resistance through South African history. Each section is illustrated by a different South African artist.
Our featured excerpt, taken from Chapter 4, ‘The Widow of Marabastad’, is illustrated by Dada Khanyisa.
Read the excerpt:All-Rise-extract
‘All Rise is a giant step for South African comics: an inspired mix of archival sleuthing and graphic vision. Conyngham and his all-star team of artists have dug up a hoard of resistance history, and brought it to glittering life.’—Carlos Amato, Mail & Guardian
All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa revives six true stories of resistance by marginalised South Africans against the country’s colonial government in the years leading up to apartheid. In six parts―each of which is illustrated by a different South African artist―All Rise shares the long-forgotten struggles of ordinary, working-class women and men who defended the disempowered during a tumultuous period in South African history.
From immigrants and miners to tram workers and washerwomen, the everyday people in these stories bore the brunt of oppression and in some cases risked their lives to bring about positive change for future generations.
This graphic anthology breathes new life into a history dominated by icons, and promises to inspire all readers to become everyday activists and allies. The diverse creative team behind All Rise, from an array of races, genders, and backgrounds, is a testament to the multicultural South Africa dreamed of by the heroes in these stories―true stories of grit, compassion, and hope, now being told for the first time in print.