Comic of the month - April
By Barly Baruti
About the author:
Barly Baruti was born in 1959 in Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His first foray in the world of comics came in 1982, when he drew the first of nine albums for various NGOs. His illustrations also appeared in the magazines Koakou and Calao, then in Brussels-based newspaper Le Soir, Tam-Tam and Autrement. An encounter with Frank Giroud led to the publication of Eva K in 1995 with publisher Soleil. From 1998, he drew Mandrill, published by Glénat and also with Frank Giroud as scriptwriter.
His recent comics have included Chaos debout à Kinshasa, Le singe jaune and Madame Livingstone, all published by Glénat. Highly active, he is also a singer-songwriter and has been the driving force behind several musical and comic book events, including the first African Comicon in Kinshasa in 1991, called SABDAM. The event’s 6th edition took place in December 2019.
Since 1980, Barly Baruti has also organised several graphic art workshops and comic book courses in cultural centres across Africa.