This site is intended as a weblog of the IPP, a sporadic, idiosyncratic investigation of independent publishing in South Africa - launched at Blank Projects, Cape Town, in September 2011. Visit or follow this page for updates on the project's trajectory and to view research paraphernalia as it happens. For more information email
2012, 08 May - 01 June: Research office at the Parking Gallery with Research Art

2012, 15 March - 26 April: Workshop and exhibition at Goethe-Institut Library with Josh Ginsburg, Jared Ginsburg, Ryan van Huyssteen, Jacques du Toit, Georgia Munnik, Talya Lubinsky, Ndaxola Nkalashe, Shannon Ferguson, Mika Conradie, Michael Maqungo, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Rangoato Hlasane, Alphabet Zoo (Mini Ngoyi, Isaac Zavale), CUSS (Jamal Nxedlana, Ravi Govender, Zamani Xolo & Nikki Comninos) and others.

2011, 8 September - 1 October: IPP launch with a temporary library and workshop at blank projects with Josh Ginsburg, Stuart Cairns, Sebastian Borckenhagen, James King, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Christian Nerf, Nathan Gates, Trasi Henen, Jared Ginsburg, Kyle Morland, Lance Herman, Bianca Baldi, Unathi Mkonto, Emalie Bingham, Ryan van Huyssteen, Sjaka Septembir, Jamal Nxedlana, Ravi Govender, Zamani Xolo, Lalya Leiman and Amirah Tadin of CUSS Monthly, and others.

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CUSS webisode II Joburg

Stills from the CUSS Joburg webisode, screened at the IPP closing. Watch the full video on the CUSS website. (Vimeo url:


IPP showcase Tuesday 24/04/2012 at 18:30

The Independent Publishing Project (IPP) has been in residence at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg since mid-march and will close with a showcase of new works, prototypes and works in progress.

Join us for the event on Tuesday 24 April at 18:30 at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg: 119 Jan Smuts Ave (entrance on New Port Road), Parkwood.

Our working studio will be translated into a short-loan book bar for the event that will be open from 18:30 to 20:00.

Johannesburg based self-broadcasters CUSS will be screening their second 'webisode', a short film made for online viewing, at 19:00 in the auditorium (see process images of their shoot at the Goethe here).

Participation and works by Josh Ginsburg, Rangoato Hlasane, Mark Kannemeyer, Talya Lubinsky, Georgia Munnik, Ndaxola Nkalashe, Ryan van Huyssteen, CUSS, Mika Conradie, Shannon Ferguson, Jared Ginsburg, Zahn Rust, Joe Foster, Sebastian Borckenhagen, Alphabet Zoo (Mini Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale) and CUSS (Jamal Nxedlana, Zamani Xolo and Ravi Govender with Nikki Comninos) amongst others.

The last weekend

Sebastian Borckenhagen, Mini Ngoyi, Isaac Zavale, Mika Conradie, Shannon Ferguson, Talya Lubinksy, Ragoato Hlasane, Georgia Munnik, Ndaxola Nkalashe, Josh and Jared Ginsburg, Jacques du Toit, Francis Burger and Jonah Sack working through the last weekend of the IPP's run at the Goethe-Institut.

Less than 10% of Mark Kannemeyer's comic collection

Mark Kannemeyer presented items from his personal collections to the IPP and participants, ranging from Tessa no. 1. to Robert Crumb et al's original Snatch comics. Snippets of the talk and more images will be transcribed and posted in the near (to far) future. 

Zebulon Dread's first 'Hei Voetsek' - sold, in his words, to tannies in oudtshoorn who liked his oversized penis...

Jacques Coetzer's cover for the Tukkies rag magazine (which included his graphic novel 'Die avontuur van AT Nel') and Rapscallionz comics

Christian innuendo's in the American religious comic Doctor Peculiar. 

The young Tessa.