You’re walking down the street when you hear something loud from behind you with such force that your hairs briefly rise in alarm. Instinct kicks in and you step to the side then look behind you. You kiss your teeth, smirk and amusingly scold yourself for the silly scare. In fact, you look on nostalgically as a bunch of kids zoom past you in what looks like a wheelbarrow race but really is just them pushing old car tires with sticks in them, sometimes with water for lubrication.
The unburdened excitement plastered on their faces stirs something within you. Ah, childhood memories. Then you wonder, what if? Continue reading
I came across this beautiful animated short I can’t help but share. It’s titled Abuela Grillo which I suspect is Dominican (no idea why) for Rain Goddess. Hang on let me Google Translate. Ha, I’m so far off. It means Cricket Grandmother [🤔] and it’s actually Spanish. The animation is an adaptation of Bolivian Ayoreo mythology.
It’s a 12 minute animation about an old woman whose only joy is to sing and with it, bring rains and crop. The story follows her as she’s rejected by a village she nearly floods because of her warm reception to her ensnarement by agents of capitalism and corporate greed. It’s 2D, straightforward, has interesting character designs, a delightful score, beautiful anthropomorphism and you should definitely watch it. 🙂
I love comics at heart. I know this because I’m online everyday looking for them. But not the kind you’re thinking. There’s an overwhelming pool of content from established names like DC, Marvel and DarkHorse, each telling stories well suited to specific demographics. Stories that while beautiful and easily relatable, are strange and so distant from us. I scour the internet for entirely African created content and while there are quite a few, I’ve noticed a problematic trend. Nigeria has sort of become the locus of African comics, superhero titles anyway.