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Tyron Love PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:10

Tyron Love (1982 - ) is a KwaZulu-Natal-born cartoonist. In 2000, he enrolled for (and later completed) a degree in animation at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD). He proved to be a gifted student; CFAD named him “Most Creative Cartoonist” (2000), “Animator of the Year” (2002) and “Cartoonist of the Year” (2003). In his second year he created an animated advert for Life Line that was nominated for the 2001 Vuka Award finals.

Love is known for “Lonely Schnozz”, a cute but melancholic cartoon figure, who manifested when Love spent a prolonged period in hospital. The character acted as “an alter-ego who often reflected [Love’s] mental state". His second body of work, Yummy Lemons, provided an autobiographical comic exploration of his son, Emmett's, life. In terms of his comic influences, Love revealed in an interview:

I grew up obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson redefined newspaper comics. He made them magical again. Later on, I fell in love with Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig’s work.

Love formed part of a group of young South Africa cartoonists whose work was exposed through the exhibitions curated by famed cartoonist, Andy Mason. The most notable of these exhibitions was “Off the Wall” which saw Durban’s graffiti artists team up with the city’s cartoonists “in a unique crossover event that [combined] visual narrative with the art of the street. Love featured at the first exhibition (2006), the second exhibition (2007) and curated the third instalment (2008) together with tattoo artist, Ross Turpin.

In 2012, Love appeared at local underground comic book gathering, Co/Mix, held as part of the year's Open Book Festival in Cape Town. He took part in a discussion with Andy Mason entitled “Draw Your Life, Publish Yourself” that focused on autobiographical comic making.

Love’s cartoons have appeared in Mason’s “What's So Funny?: Under the Skin of South African Cartooning”, Mamba Comix, Africartoons, Black and White in Ink Exhibition and the accompanying book, Polony Mixed Meat magazine, Truth Magazine, Spirit Magazine, Champ Comic, and numerous websites and commercial projects. One of these projects included the illustration of Fiona Khan's The Grasshopper Who Could Not Jump.

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province has had a profound influence on his work. He told the project:

The melting pot of cultures in KZN inspired a number of projects, most notably Thekweni Taxi a cartoon strip billed to run in the Saturday Independent in the early 2000's. The characters were based on the various Durban cultures and their eccentricities. I'm sad that project never took off, however it was widely exhibited.

The Durban Cartoon Project was an initiative which I co-founded [and] developed to harness cartooning in KZN, this project kick-started the careers of great cartoonists such as Sifiso Yalo, Themba Siwela, Warren Raysdorf, Alastair Laird and Luke Molver. It was a great time for cartooning in KZN and proved that we have world class talent in our province.

Living in Durban has also allowed me to collaborate with many other art disciplines including graffiti art, fine art and installation art.

Love currently lives in Kloof. He works as a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Manager at digital marketing agency, Jellyfish.


Instagram: @tyronlove | Twitter: @tyron_love




Gcina Mhlophe named one of BBC’s “100 Women of 2016” PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 21:45

Gcina Mhlophe has been named one of BBC’s “100 Women of 2016”. The list celebrates inspirational and influential women for 2016. Mhlophe is a noted activist, actress, poet, author and director. 2016 has already seen Mhlophe win the "Chairperson's Award" for her body of work at the 2016 South African Literary Awards (SALAS).



Mhlophe represents South Africa together with other notable figures such as the country’s former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, and natural hair activist, Zulaikha Patel.

KZN Literary Tourism takes this opportunity to congratulate Mhlophe on the prestigious accolade. For those who wish to congratulate Mhlophe, she will be appearing at the Abantu Book Festival being held in December.

KZN Literary Tourism Authors to Appear at Abantu Book Festival PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 November 2016 19:20

The Abantu Book Festival is an annual literary event held in Soweto. The festival’s aim is to promote black authors and readers, providing them with a space for discussions, story-telling and text readings. The festival will take place on 06 – 10 December this year.

We are proud that a number of KZN Literary Tourism authors will be making an appearance.


PHOTO: From left to right, Gcina Mhlope, Sihle Khumalo and Fred Khumalo


Fred Khumalo will be hosting a discussion entitled “Some of my Best Friends”. He will also be a part of a discussion entitled “Ghetto is Our First Love” together with Niq Mhlongo and Thandiswa Mazwai. Fred Khumalo is the author of Bitches Brew. This year his short story, "Water No Get Enemy", received a special mention at the Short Story Day Africa competition.

Gcina Mhlophe will be giving the Keynote Address at the Soweto Theatre. She will also be part of a discussed entitled “Zanendaba” with Bontle Senne and Xolisa Guzula. Mhlophe is a noted activist, actress, poet, author and director.

Sihle Khumalo is a KwaZulu-Natal-born author who specialises in travel literature. His novels have been long-listed for the Alan Paton Award and his third won the 2014 South African Literary Award (SALA) in the creative non-fiction category. Sihle Khumalo will be part of the “Some of My Best Friends” taking place at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre.



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