This month we’ve been celebrating our birthday. It’s been rad to reminisce about the past six years. We’ve especially enjoyed all the cool art work created in honour of our birthday by the amazingly talented Neil “Boeta” Phyf, Anja “Nanna” Venter, Philip “DieHonest” Botha and Willem Samuel. Each artist was asked to give us their interpretation of our three main categories, namely gaming, tech and geek entertainment and we love how each brought their own styles and ideals into the mix.
This week we have something really fun for you from the genius that is Willem Samuel. The piece is cleverly called CLICK and Willem explains how the Internet has become part of his day-to-day life and explores the distortion between cyberspace/fantasy and the real world:
I love stories that shift between reality and fantasy. Our ability as humans to create new dimensions to which we can escape to is amazing to me. The internet is one such world and this commission got me thinking about how cyberspace has become part of my everyday life. Sometimes the world online becomes more real than the world outside my door… and maybe it is. Unlike a book or movie, I can interact with it. There are consequences!This story is very much about escapism, but also about how it plays back to form almost a loop, where the lines between fantasy and reality really become blurred.
Willem Samuel is an artist who has dedicated much of his work to visual commentary. He has published prolifically in the comic scene, locally and abroad. His work has featured in Laugh it Off Annual, Bitterkomix, Die Swart Kat, Rolling Stone magazine, among others, and Supa Strikas – where he was also Art Director. He is currently based in the UK where his serialised graphic novel, Mengelmoes, is being published and working as a freelance artist in his spare time.