All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa

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7.3 X 9.9 X 0.7 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

RICHARD CONYNGHAM is the author, creative director and researcher behind All Rise. He is a Pietermaritzburg-born writer who lives in Mexico City. After graduating from the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge, he worked for South African civil-society organizations Equal Education, The Bookery, and Ndifuna Ukwazi, the London publisher Slightly Foxed, and the edtech organization MakeTomorrow. In 2016, Richard collaborated with the Trantraal Brothers to create Safety, Justice and People's Power, an illustrated companion to the O'Regan-Pikoli Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

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 University Press, 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 University Press 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 University of 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 University of 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.


"All Rise is a giant step for South African comics: an inspired mix of archival sleuthing and graphic vision. Conyngham and his all-star team of artists have dug up a hoard of resistance history, and brought it to glittering life." - Carlos Amato, Mail & Guardian
"Exhaustively researched, beautifully illustrated, completely unflinching. All Rise is exactly what a historical comic should be."-- C.Spike Trotman, Cartoonist, Founder: Iron Circus Comics
"Between the covers of All Rise, Richard Conyngham and a team - no a confederation - of South African artists pull back the curtains on the hidden history of popular resistance to oppression in South Africa before apartheid. Excavated from their hiding places in the archives, these are the virtually untold stories of working men and women - washers, miners, immigrant laborers, farmers. Most importantly, these stories are made legible to anyone, anywhere, as universal histories of defiance and struggle that use art and text to do more than either could alone. Splendid to read on your own, this is also a brilliant tool for the classroom or seminar, complete with original evidence and a plethora of supporting material."-- Trevor R. Getz, author of Abina and the Important Men
"This beautifully illustrated graphic novel telling the story of cases about law and social justice in South Africa in the first half of the twentieth century brings them vividly to life. Not only a great read, it is also a valuable educational resource that should spark important conversations about law, (in)justice and history across our country." - Kate O'Regan, retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
"For anyone wanting to learn more about the pre-Apartheid culture of South Africa, this book provides a starting point, and with enough information that it would be possible to follow any one of these stories to more information." - ICv2 (Nick Smith, Library Technician and Community Services, Pasadena Public Library in California)
"These are smaller, lesser-known stories of South Africa's past, but no less powerful and important. The tales told within the pages of All Rise are anchored in history, and elevated by subtle and nuanced characters, written with recognition and respect for their roles in these important events. The diversity of art flavours each tale with its own distinct atmosphere, complimenting and enhancing Conyngham's writing and making every story uniquely accessible." - Luke Molver, author/illustrator, Shaka Rising and King Shaka: Zulu Legend
"As a history teacher, one of the biggest challenges in the classroom is to make the past relatable and accessible to students. All Rise does just that by bringing primary sources to life and contextualizing them in an approachable manner for students. The attention to detail is riveting and the historiography behind the stories will challenge students to think about new ways to present history to future generations. Though a historical work, the questions raised about human rights, citizenship, and systems of justice resonate strongly today. I am thankful for the work Richard Conyngham and all the folks at Catalyst Press are doing and look forward to the class discussions this reading will ignite." -Randall Martinez, Colorado Academy
"Writer and historian [Richard] Conyngham found -- and has brought to life -- the extraordinary legal struggles of working-class South African men and women who defied government and corporate oppression. [...] The volume is rich in diverse resistance cases." --Sunday Times (South Africa)

Included in the University of Pittsburgh's Global Issues Through Literature Series

Named one of Brittle Paper's "100 Notable African Books of 2022"

Included on the United States Board on Books for Young People 2023 Outstanding International Books List
Honorable mention, 2023 Children's Africana Book Awards