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UniCon Africa Hosts Its First Comic Convention In ...

UniCon Africa Hosts Its First Comic Convention In Lagos and it was AWESOME

This year has been quite an eventful one for the Nigerian Comic and Animation Industry. New collaborations, new projects financed and announced, more global recognition, not to mention the good, old ‘industry rivalry’ that has become a common feature every year. Whatever it is, it serves as great content for our readers.

The United Convention (UniCon, for short) is the brainchild of CICA (Collective Industry Conventions Africa), a group of Naija-based comic studios who have banded together to “synergize the powers of several businesses and individuals… to create, promote, invest in, and educate on comics and related media.”

Despite being the maiden edition, UniCon Africa gathered quite a crowd at the Lagos Law school, Victoria Island. CICA members showcased quite a lot of new content.

Komotion Studios has been in the news a lot lately, mainly because of their audacious new project ‘The Dawn Of Thunder” – the coming of age story based on the mythic Yoruba God, Shango, currently in production with some new tech never used in African Cinema. So excitement was much when Kola Olanrewaju took the stage to share some behind the scenes of their production. We got an exclusive interview with him and we’ll be dropping soon so you want to follow us @farabaleafrica on all social media to know when it drops.

Linebug Studios also debuted two new titles – Weju and Frontline. Weju, based on the ancient African belief in a parallel dimension that can only be perceived when one washes his or her eyes with some form of spirit water and Frontline – a tale about an elite group of soldiers battling insurgents in northern Nigeria. Both titles got our attentions mainly because they lacked ‘spandex heroes’ and we asked the creators if this was intentional or accidental. Video will be posted on our social @farabaleafrica in a bit.

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That's right. Mbilitem Kingsley popularly known as Bman @bmansings is going to be at the #unicon2018 signing copies of the comic book! His afrocentric fashion sense inspired the look for Weju's main character; Ramse. Bman is a multitalented Afrobeat musician & creative designer. He composed and sang the jingle for popular cook TV show “Bukas and Joints” and owns the lagos-based music band @rebelliouszombies which also doubles as a repertory band. Bman has featured in movies such as “Banana Island Ghost” and “Lara and The Beat” #linebugstudios #comics #art #design #magic #paranormal #urbanfantasy #africancomics #afrocentric #fashion #blackfashion #uniconafrica #entertainment #creatives #lagos #nigeria #africa

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Epoch Studios – After their string of awards at the Lagos Comicon some months ago, Epoch Studios shows no sign of slowing down. Showcasing their array of well-packaged titles – Aegis, Teen Angels and Vector Squad – The Epochverse, as they call it. The stories are engaging, the art is perfect, Epoch Stydios seem to be the newest, if not the freshest comic brand in Nigeria at the moment. Feel free to argue with your keyboard.

YouNeek Studios caused a major stir earlier in the year when they announced their collabo with Anthill Studios, working together on a full length animated movie of one of their major titles – Malika, The Warrior Queen. And after their massively public and immensely successful Kickstarter campaign, many have been waiting for any glimpse or news of the new movie but alas we were disappointed. So we guess we have to wait till 2019 for any news on that.

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There is no doubt that events like these will only birth the best…the system needs this…Excelsior!

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