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.
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About the Author
SAAID RAHBEENI lives in Maitland, Cape Town. A freelance illustrator with decades of experience, he previously worked for the Educational Support Services Trust, Jincom, Strika Entertainment, and MTE Studios. His drawings appear in a range of school textbooks published by Pearson, Pan Macmillan, and Oxford UniversityPress, among others, and he has also contributed to the Our Story series by South African Heritage Publishers. Saaid illustrated Chapter 1, ‘Until the Ship Sails’.
THE TRANTRAAL BROTHERS, André and Nathan, are a sibling-illustrator duo who grew up in the Cape Town township of Mitchells Plain before moving to Bishop Lavis. They have published numerous cartoons and graphic works including Coloureds (2010) and Crossroads (2014–2020, written by Koni Benson). Independently, André has written and illustrated the children’s book series, Keegan and Samier. Nathan has published three poetry collections in Kaaps—earning him numerous awards including the 2013 Ingrid Jonker Prize and the 2020 SALA Poetry Award—as well as a collection of his columns as published in the Afrikaans newspaper, Rapport. The Trantraal Brothers illustrated Chapter 2, ‘In the Shadow of a High Stone Wall’.
LIZ CLARKE lives in Cape Town, where she works as an illustrator. She has contributed to the genre of graphic history internationally, and her work is featured in seven books published by Oxford UniversityPress USA—including Witness to the Age of Revolution (written by Charles F. Walker), which won the Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for Nonfiction Graphic Novels, and Abina and the Important Men (written by Trevor R. Getz), which won the American Historical Association’s James Harvey Robinson Prize. Liz illustrated Chapter 3, ‘Come Gallows Grim’.
DADA KHANYISA is an Umzimkhulu-born, Johannesburg-raised, Cape Town-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of technology and contemporary social culture with respect to the Black experience. In 2016, they (Dada’s preferred pronoun) were awarded the Simon Gerson Prize, and a year later, completed a commission for a 35-metre mural on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. In 2018, the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town presented Dada’s first solo exhibition, Bamb’iphone, followed up two years later by the Johannesburg show, Good Feelings. Dada illustrated Chapter 4, ‘The Widow of Marabastad’.
TUMI MAMABOLO hails from Polokwane in Limpopo province. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t avidly drawing and painting, usually a comic or graphic novel from his own imagination. Since graduating with a degree in Information Design from the Universityof Pretoria in 2020, he has already won two Gold Loerie awards for his animation work. Still in his early twenties, Tumi is the youngest of the All Rise contributors, having illustrated Chapter 5, ‘A House Divided’.
MARK MODIMOLA was born in Pretoria of Sotho-Tsonga parentage. Originally a graphic designer, he studied at the Universityof Pretoria and later pursued a Fulbright Scholarship in the United States before returning to South Africa determined to illustrate full-time. Mark is a prolific and versatile creator, with a portfolio that explores African identity and spirituality, often through the cultural aesthetic of Afrofuturism. He illustrated Chapter 6, ‘Here I Cross to the Other Side’, honouring and drawing inspiration from his Sotho migrant ancestry.
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"Exhaustively researched, beautifully illustrated, completely unflinching. All Rise is exactly what a historical comic should be."— C.Spike Trotman, Cartoonist, Founder: Iron Circus Comics