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A friend showed me a ring that had the engraving Mo’ anam Cara, i was convinced it was latin even when he told me the meaning i still went and googled it. Needless to say i never went back to admit that i was wrong, instead i got inspired and drew out my first short comic ever, telling the story of an encounter between two souls. Now that i look back the narrative can seem a bit chaotic but i’m still pretty chaffed at myself for finishing it (i have the bad habit of leaving stuff halfway –refering to this-).

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This poem i found on the website explaining the Meaning of Mo anam cara and i believe is the most beautiful thing anybody can wish another.

So to my friends.

“May you be blessed with good friends.  May you learn to be a good friend to your self.

May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness.

May this change you.

May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you.

May  you be brought in to the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging.

May you treasure you friends.

May you be good to them and may you be there for them; may they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey.

May you never be isolated; but may you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with you Anam cara.”

John O’Donohue


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I never really understood the meaning of discovery before these two month in three cities around South Africa, and i’ve got to say i’m hooked.

The plan was such : A week in Cape town, at the ISKCON Temple, I still need to collect myself to relate the inspiring experience, then another week in Grahamstown for the National Festival of Art and finally a week at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple in Durban (another ISKCON temple). Three weeks of hop on hop off bus trips. \(^^)/

Things did not go according to plan. Cape town beside the self revealing, amazing time at the temple, is an absolute disaster in winter. I’m actually ashamed of admitting ever being there, because i couldn’t see anything a normal tourist would have claim to (but then again i’m not a normal tourist)

Then wet, cold yet peaceful and inspired i went on to the NFA which i could only attend three days of because of a supplememtary exam i managed to score, i know, bummer. But knowing that i cherished all of the shows i watched there. The creativity in that place was almost solid. My highlight were Vortex by Phia Menard, The ballet Giselle, The three little pig revisited version and The Art lounge on my last day. I made a couple of illustrations in an attempt to capture the experience.

And after a bus trip back to Pretoria to rewrite my supplementary, i was on another bus to Durban.

When i think back on these couple of days I can pin point one or two things that could be considered bad but that i feel would have made this trip way too perfect to handle if changed.

Here is a link to my facebook photo album to Capetown and Grahamstown, and another one to Durban

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Sooo much to say…

This year has been an Incredible Journey. I met a very inspirational friend whom i’ve given the title of Fairy Godmother. 🙂  She redefined the meaning of kindness, compassion and tolerance. Everytime i spend time with her i feel extremely worthless, yet her humility shows me that such amazing strenght of character is at the reach of lowly human beingsImage. She opened my eyes to so many human flaws, while pushing me to embrace a new way of life at my own pace, and carve my way through judgement and finger pointing with a generous caring smile.

So this is for you Mataji

With Much love


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The Beginning of Thaurs

I once wrote a story, an epic adventure of two brothers on a quest to discover their origins, tame their new found powers and save their world.
I could not figure out what to do with that story. Expand it in a big fantasy trilogy like Lord of the Rings or The Mistborn saga? Transform it into the scenario of a RPG? A script for an animated movie? Serie?… And just as all the question rose, the story went into hibernation.
Today I made a huge step, the one that paves the way to a future where my fantasy stories don’t hibernate into oblivion. I inked the first four pages of the Serial Web-Graphic Novel I will launch in March: Thaurs. The story, that I started writing in 2007 was intended for an amateur RPG I was working on with the software RPG Maker XP. Since then, the quest of Meloon and his friends grew to be a vendetta against my habit of leaving projects unfinished.
Four pages are probably a tiny thing for the big time mangaka and cartoonist out there but I can’t help but be proud of myself.

So far so good, Now I need to keep on going.
Watch this space.