Congolese Comic Book Artist Kiyindou Yamakasi’s Mythological Inspirations

Free to read online, Kiyindou Yamakasi’s Little Little Orishas comic book series addresses class issues, bullying and resilience in the face of opposition. Rather than seek out Japanese and American comic books for inspiration, as he did with previous work, Yamakasi looked toward Yoruba spirituality and mythology for the series and its characters. Raised in Brazzaville, Yamakasi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Pictures from AFDA in Cape Town, and his mission became “to make comics that will make African children proud of who they are,” the artist says to Quartz. Learn more there.