November 23, 2020
From PM Press

Panel Mania: Crossroads: I Live Where I Like: A Graphic History By Koni Benson, A.Trantraal, N.Trantraal, and A.E.Marais

By Calvin Reed
Publishers Weekly
November 18th, 2020

Based on South African historian Koni Benson’s PhD thesis, Crossroads: I Live Where I Like
is a thoroughly researched, stylishly illustrated graphic history
focused on the struggles of a group of courageous South African women
who fought the apartheid government’s destruction of informal
settlements such as Crossroads, a section of Cape Town, during the
1970s. Benson teamed with the cartooning brothers André Trantaal and
Nathan Trantaal, and designer Ashley E. Marais, to create the work,
which also includes a foreword by UCLA historian Robin D.G. Kelley.
Benson interviewed more than 60 people who were part of the Crossroads
resistance and the book profiles key personalities as well as the
ongoing challenges presented by South Africa’s violent racist, colonial
and apartheid past. This 8-page excerpt opens in 1978 after the
Crossroads settlement has been brutally raided by the police. Undaunted,
the women of Crossroads come together and stage a play called Infuduso
(which means exodus in the isiXhosa language) that featured actual
Crossroads residents onstage telling the story of their fight for
housing and the fight against the racist policies of the South African
government. Crossroads: I Live Where I Like: A Graphic History by Koni Benson, André Trantaal, Nathan Trantaal, and Ashley E. Marais, will be published by PM Press in February 2021.

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