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Graphic Content – Madam & Eve

List Item:  Read half of the 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
53/501Title: Madame & Eve
Creator: Stephen Francis and Rico Schacherl
Years: 1992-present
Country: South Africa

Given that weeklies and dailies are the first main way that comics were disseminated, it’s been an awfully long time since I last read one of these (over six months to be exact). Most of the ones on the list tend to be from either the US or the UK, but today I’m looking at one from South Africa.

The birth of Madame & Eve came about at the end of apartheid. It depicts a white middle-class woman and her black maid negotiating the world of post-apartheid South Africa. Neither side are portrayed as being completely sympathetic or correct – which is probably for the best given the climate that it started in.

As someone not native to South Africa, a lot of the references to brands and politicians did go over my head. Similarly, the basic premise of the white woman and her black maid does feel a little bit of a throwback considering the times we live in. Also, of the jokes that I do get, they don’t always land – which tends to happen with syndicated comics.

Still, it’s interesting to see a comic of this type from the other side of the world.

It’s back to some actual comic books with my next read – not a manga though, but one of the more famous non-superhero American comics. I haven’t seen the film about it, but maybe I will if I enjoy it. Any ideas what I’m talking about? I’d love to see your guesses.