Squid Alley With Alfred Achiampong

This week’s Squido (Squid Hero) is none other than Alfred Achiampong. Alfred is an impressive and constantly evolving illustrator who has taken the rule of 10,000 hours to heart. He posts as many new illustrations as there are days on his social media accounts. He’s been at this awesomeness for almost two years, posting something new every single day and playing with new pencilling and colouring techniques. He also participated in #Inktober2016. That’s 100 points for motivation and effort. He sometimes goes by the nickname Yo Qwick and I can’t help but connect this to his animation potential evidenced in the brush strokes in some of his older work.

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Must-Read African Comics for the Long Easter Break

Easter holidays in Ghana (and possibly the rest of the world) mean a long weekend when most of us get to take a break from work. Some people visit family and friends, others go out to chill. Others like us, snuggle in bed and binge on all the things they’ve been unable to keep up with. If you’re big on fresh and unique forms of African entertainment, this list of African comics will hold you down this holiday season.  Continue reading “Must-Read African Comics for the Long Easter Break”

The Way Forward: Comics and Smoothies post-Event Review

Comics and Smoothies is over, unfortunately! The much anticipated informal gathering as Vortex Comics’ Somto Ajuluchukwu put it proved to a success. There was quite the turnout. The turnout was, in fact, bigger than expected.

This gathering aimed to bring to the fore the various challenges facing the (African comics, games and animation) industry movement – we aren’t quite an industry yet – and to effectively find solutions. Continue reading “The Way Forward: Comics and Smoothies post-Event Review”

This Is The Biggest African Comic Crossover Event of 2017

The African comic industry is about to witness a phenomenon that may very well propel it to new heights. Part 1 of Spirit Wars, Vortex Comics‘ upcoming crossover comic series, (scheduled for release today), heralds the coming of age of a blooming industry. The comic, titled Spirit Wars – because Vortex only has Spirit Heroes – signals that publishers are finally ready to transition from individual titles and effectively create a shared universe in which their characters can naturally interact. Continue reading “This Is The Biggest African Comic Crossover Event of 2017”

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.

Promo image for Anthill Studio's Plaything
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?”

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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Cafe des Comics – VEXPO

So you like comics and animation. And you like coffee, or maybe you don’t and just want the company of like minded people with whom you can spark a creative wave in an intimate and exclusive space. The second day of Vortex EXPO is just the thing.

Named Coffee and Comics, it is an opportunity to network with the shapers of Nigeria’s digital art and animation industry. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get insights into the future of the industry, get feedback on projects, see what’s cooking all over the country, collaborate and either give or receive support.

The event will screen multiple Nigerian animated content and will give you all the reasons to have faith in the growing industry.

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As an industry event, Coffee & Comics is targeted at people between the ages of 18 and 45 but really, creativity and the love of arts transcends age.

Coffee and Comics is happening today from 11am to 5pm at Cafe Neo, Agoro Odiyan, Victoria Island, Lagos. Be a part of the energy by registering here.

VEXPO is a week long series of events which reflect African culture and creativity targeted at inspiring the youth and young adults.

By Kadi Yao Tay