Character Artist, Visual Developer, Concept Artist
Having kicked off his career at Diprente Studios, Simangaliso PANDA Sibaya is a Soweto-born, South African artist who started as a Visual Developer, Concept Artist, and Character Designer. Major studios he has since worked for include Netflix, Sony Animation, and Dreamworks. He also worked as a Director on an African animated anthology series for Disney+. His time in the industry has helped him to refine his own series, ISHA THE FLAME, and has led him to co-found the visual development studio Tribal Universe, which is currently developing a slate of innovative African shows and feature films. He enjoys and practices both traditional and digital forms of art and is inspired by his culture and the world around him.
Africa has a rich storytelling history and vibrant visual arts traditions to draw from in developing original anime and manga. This panel will explore how African artists and animators can leverage their cultural heritage and find global audiences hungry for fresh narratives. Our expert panelists will discuss building authentic African anime worlds, finding inspiration in folklore and spiritual traditions, using visual styles rooted in various African aesthetics, and pathways for exporting Africa-born anime to reach fans worldwide. Discover how the continent's creative talents are saying "Kizazi Moto!" (new generation) by spearheading an animation revolution.