Mengelmoes is a six part graphic novel about an Afrikaans speaking boy growing up in Post Apartheid South Africa. The series was published periodically in the UK from 2014 - 2016 and each 60 page instalment is drawn in a different style, reflecting the time period of the character's life. The final issue launched in Cape Town in 2016 and the series has been extremely well recieved by critics.
"He (Willem) has a visual clarity and natural feel for the narrative. His characterisation is outstanding and very consistent."
Anton Kannemeyer, February 2016, Sunday Times
"…what marks Mengelmoes out is the clever use of the specifics of the comics form to bring to life the exploits of its first person fantasist. … it’s Samuel’s confidence as a visual storyteller that is the true triumph of this opening instalment."
"…we have a creator here with an assured command of the peculiar storytelling tricks that the comics form has to offer. … Mengelmoes is full of subtle artistic playfulness."
"Slice-of-life comics with a defined difference, Willem Samuel proves with Mengelmoes that he’s a creator who bears very close watching in the future."
Andy Oliver, February 2014, Broken Frontier
"…all integrated with a wit and comedy befitting a great storyteller. …a fabulous comic in so many ways."
"…again, comedy timing is often talked about in terms of being simple. But to get it properly right takes skill. Samuel has that skill…"
Richard Bruton, April 2014, Forbidden Planet
"So far Willem Samuel didn’t disappoint, both in terms of story and art and with three more issues to go, I doubt he will. My advice? Get reading, you’ll like it! And even if you don’t, you’ll at least learn something new."
Deepdarkred, March 2015, Geek Pride
1997 ISSUE ONE
2001 ISSUE TWO
2003 ISSUE THREE
2005 ISSUE FOUR
2007 ISSUE FIVE
2009 ISSUE SIX