Vortex Comics out of Nigeria have several properties that they are currently promoting right now and as part of my Africa Rising series I will be covering one of their titles, Mumu Juju. Mumu Juju, roughly translated means “magical foolishness” which is exactly what the protagonists Mortar and Pestle are up to in this series about two spiritual servants working off a debt to a god that sends them on various quests for magical items in the spirit world.
This review is part of my Africa Rising series highlighting African comic book companies, authors, characters and stories. Comic Republic, founded by Jide Martin in Lagos, Nigeria, is a fledgling comic book company melding African lore and spiritualism with superheroes. They have a full library of comics with both male and female superheroes that are all black and all Nigerian.
I’m starting a series here on theblerdgurl called “Africa Rising” and through it I am going to highlight several artists and comic book companies that are based in Africa, artists that are telling stories about Africa or feature African characters. To kick things off, I‘ve highlighted 7 comic book companies that are either based in Africa or headed by 1st gen African founders. Each of these companies’ work I will go into more detail about throughout the month.
One day I was looking over a friend’s shoulder at a graphic novel they were reading on an iPad. I was immediately captivated by the gorgeous artwork, even though I was unable able to see the text from where I was sitting. I immediately downloaded the book from Amazon to find out more and that’s the first time I saw artist Paul Louise-Julie’s name. What my friend was reading was The Pack, a graphic novel about a couple of brothers who happen to be werewolves in a story that takes place in ancient Egypt.
Artists Against Police Brutality or APB, is an anthology developed by Bill Campbell, the writer and owner of Rosarium Publishing, in response to the Staten Island Grand Jury decision in 2014 to not indict the officers that choked Eric Garner to death….and other related events.
APB is one of those books that is so important but is a very intense read. If you’re African-American, no…if you’re human, the stories will affect you on a visceral level. It took me awhile to get through this anthology and I actually thought that posting a review now might no longer be timely. Then David Joseph was shot this week and I was again reminded how important this work and others like it actually are. Not only to shine a light on the institutionalized methods of police brutality but to give people an outlet for the flood of emotions that often come from the constant media barrage of what often is portrayed as justifiable homicide at the hands of the police.
I’ve been following Graphics Policy on twitter for awhile, in fact, I regularly check out their Demo-Graphics , Interview and Indy Spotlight columns on their site. In fact, their end of the year podcast was FULL of indie comic artists that I’m been fangurling over for awhile and some were also new titles to me. So I was really excited when Brett and Elana asked me to be a guest on the show this week! We talked about comics that we’re all excited about this year, real diversity even some TV shows we like with a little bit of X-Files stanning thrown in. Check it out below:
In case you missed it, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the gentlemen of Tao of Otaku for the first podcast of their second season. For those of you who don’t know, Tao of Otaku: The Way of the Geek is a podcast hosted by 4 Nigerian friends, Ziki, Obito, Demi and Tolu. Their backgrounds as entrepreneurs, artists, game developers, and manga fans (yes Demi I mean you) are as varied as their locations. (England, Nigeria and America I believe). the podcast is about comics, art, animation and gaming all from an African perspective. Their podast is really interesting and will give you a glimpse of how Africa views media here and vice-versa. Some of the things we talked about was the wildly successful Tuskeegee Heirs campaign, Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji , LeSean Thomas’Canon Busters and the upcoming new African Superhero TV show Jongo. We also touched on the African gaming scene, in particular Aurion and Broforce. They are great guys, really dialed in and I was honored that they asked me to join them! Check out the full podcast below:
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