7 Great Resources for Discovering African Comics

Googling African Comics these days thankfully returns a series of articles highlighting one African comic or the other. But that’s several articles pointing you in many different places (or saying the same darn thing about the same darn comics). If you’re like me, that means bookmarking a tonne of pages for later when you can sift through and find your favourites.

That’s not very productive and too much work.

Let’s change that. Continue reading “7 Great Resources for Discovering African Comics”

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COMIC REPUBLIC’S SCION IS AN AFRICAN STORY OF IMMORTAL WARRIORS

What if you were an African warrior that could not die, who would you sell your services to? This is what Scion is about, in a nutshell. Scion: Immortal, is one of Comic Republic‘s newest titles alongside Beatz and Visionary.

After two issues, Scion appears to be quite consistent in its releases compared to other series published by the CR label. I really hope it stays like this because we need consistency in this budding African comics industry. Without further delay, allow me to dissect this piece of art, and give you a reason to either follow the series or let it sink into oblivion. Muhahahahaha!

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Fear Faces The Music (Or Something Like That) In Comic Republic’s Double Release

This weekend promises to be tons of fun with the release of two comic titles via Comic Republic. The publisher is ready to drop the fourth issue of the dark and fearful Eru comic. What was that? You haven’t read or heard about Eru? You do yawa! We’d totally love to go into it for you but the folks over at Naija Komics Online do a wonderful job of it here. Okay, fine, we’ll bite.

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Get Your Game Face On – This Is Global Game Jam Accra 2017

What’s up Ghanaian game gbees (lovers) and developers? The 8th Global Game Jam is happening this weekend and you should attend. What’s the, hang on, let’s roll with the 3 W’s. 🙂

What’s the Global Game Jam?

Good question. Before that, what’s a game jam? I recently found out. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours.  Global Game Jam? Continue reading “Get Your Game Face On – This Is Global Game Jam Accra 2017”

This Kenyan Comic Set in the Star Wars Universe is Awfully Short But Many Levels Awesome!

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Rovik

UDK Crew (now Avandu), the guys behind socially conscious Dunamis of which we happily spoke, are back with another dose of visual dead gorgeousness for 2017.

Titled Rovik, the awfully short comic is set in the Star Wars universe. The first issue shows no light sabers (yet). Also, with master Yoda, yes, the same universe it is. Sadly, appeared not has master Yoda; if he will at all. Continue reading “This Kenyan Comic Set in the Star Wars Universe is Awfully Short But Many Levels Awesome!”

What’s Up With Squids in 2017?

2016 is technically our sophomore year in sharing content around African comics, animation and games although it does feel like freshman year. It was a testing the waters kind of phase that we’re thrilled to have experienced.

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Promo image for Anthill Studio’s Plaything

An experience that has us pumped for 2017 which promises to be a fantastic year following all the incredible creative output and interactions from last year. Continue reading “What’s Up With Squids in 2017?”

Sobolo in Squidtropolis: Chit Chat with MAD! Comics Writer, Hafeez Oluwa

The folks over at MAD! Comics have something epic on the way. The art for their upcoming comics have piqued our interest so much so, we hang out with Hafeez Oluwa, the writer behind the upcoming beauties deep in Squidtropolis (that’s our home). What follows are excerpts from the fun chat we had.  Continue reading “Sobolo in Squidtropolis: Chit Chat with MAD! Comics Writer, Hafeez Oluwa”

The Gods Must Be Crazy…em…Children – This Is Orisha Pikin

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Obatala and Shango. Illustrated by Charles Universe.

Picture Shango (the god of thunder and awesomeness) as the sore loser in a gaming duel against Obatala (the god of purity)! Now picture Obatala’s impassive face in stark contrast to Shango’s fuming visage coupled with childish outbursts (we all have that one friend who doesn’t take losses well). That delightful glee is what you’re served in Orisha Pikin, the newest title by Vortex Inc.

While gods are often depicted as captivating, well-sculpted jewels of perfection whose exploits are nothing short of epic sagas, Orisha Pikin awesomely deviates. Continue reading “The Gods Must Be Crazy…em…Children – This Is Orisha Pikin”

The Strike Guard Animated Short – Not Exactly a Review

Animation is a beautiful way to transport strangers into a dreamer’s world of color, imagination and infinite possibilities and the folk at Spoof Animation Studios have done just that. Premiered at the recently ended Lagos Comic Con, Ayodele Elegba’s Strike Guard comic couldn’t be more alive.

The almost 9-minute concept short is a direct adaptation of the comic’s first issue – Beads of Fury – and a laudable effort at storytelling.  For a first adaptation, the somewhat rigid and quick cuts, as well as the dull voice acting that feels detached from the on-screen action is excusable.

Published by Vortex Inc., the comic tells the story of Abolaji Coker, who gets a second chance at life by playing host to the spirit of an ancient Yoruba hero, Ajagbeja. Devastated by his best friend’s death, Coker takes up the Strike Guard persona to honor his friend’s fantasies as an evil-fighting superhero aided by his new found powers.

While not mind-blowing, this is a good effort. Also, with the comic being ten issues deep, there’s so much promise regarding storytelling and art direction.  All I can say for now is, baby steps chale, baby steps. With diligent practice, some extra hours, an expanded team and more resources (cue producers and investors), a rare beauty will be made.

The adaptation is a must watch that could inspire and motivate African animators and other creators in pursuing their dreams of creating comics that could be adapted into animated or live action projects.

Watch the concept animation below and do tell us what you think. Don’t be shy, we don’t bite, we only squirt creativity.

By Kadi Yao Tay

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Visionary: Ascension is an EPIC Beauty

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The first thing that sucks you into the world of Visionary: Ascension is the art. The art is magnificent; the lines are crisp and the colours are joyously precise. Promo art back in May spoke of an artfully crafted narrative, and the finished product did not disappoint in the least.  Continue reading “Visionary: Ascension is an EPIC Beauty”