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‘CHANGES’ the Dawn of a Revolution, tells the story of Ghana’s June 4th 1979 revolution and the events directly related to it. Since it is not meant to be a detailed account, it obviously does not cover every aspect of the story. It only tries to set it down for our remembrance.

It reveals an African uprising captured in ‘real-time’ (1979) by Kwame Addo, an artist, as the continent continues to rediscover the true essence of its democracy; reminding us of the people’s power and their desire to survive in a free, just and accountable society.

This insightful illustrated document…

2018 will forever be remembered as the year comic book legend and the king of movie cameos, Stan Lee passed away. Last year will also be remembered as the first time Squid Mag celebrated Frank Odoi, a pioneer of comics in Ghana and Kenya with his Akokhan comic series. In their absence are several goggle-eyed creators full of wonder and imagination who — in some way, either directly or indirectly — continue to be influenced by their work.

These creators are building the comic libraries of the future, infinite worlds of unboxed imagination, and priceless experiences that will edutain generations…

What’s the creative scene in East Africa, specifically Ethiopia like? On our end, we’re mostly aware of Jember creator, Debebe Beserat (Etan Comics) and afro-futurist illustrator Fanuel Leul. Luckily, Addis Ababa-based Addismiraph Abebe took the time to share a list of 10 Ethiopian illustrators (most also doubling as graphic designers) he admires.

In Addismiraph’s list, we’ve found even more candidates for our Bahari Blue series.

His advice?

You can take note of the visual style each person has. Then in your next branding or advertising project, you could find a perfect match for collaboration.

Let’s take a trip into the…

It’s not a seahorse, it’s not a ship, it’s a cow — a squid cow. Hold your fins, that’s just Squid Comic of the Week! This week’s comic is Misfit by Collyde Prime.

Superheroes, fantasy worlds, the supernatural, super soldiers are lovely themes we love to see explored in comics. But what if we wanted more, something a little closer to home. Something that, while exaggerated a wee bit, is relatable and action-packed at the same time? Think a literal slice of life comic that packs a bloody, punch, literally. Tha’s Misfit, the comic series by Collyde Prime.

Spoiler warning…

On a cold Christmas eve, Selorm Dogoe’s heartwarming piece, 24.99 shows the gift of Christmas to a young boy in an unexpected way. Even though Christmas is 7 months away, there are many parallels to be drawn between the animated short and these COVID-19 times.

Plus, 24.99 was up on our schedule to be written about in our aniRadar series.

Before we begin, here’s a question that I was asked by a friend:

Is a gift better appreciated if it satisfies a need so intensely or if it is obtained at great cost to the giver?

Joy to the Store, The Cash Will Flow

Every year, Christmas grows…

The Nommo Awards 2020 shortlist for Speculative Fiction by Africans has been released. It features comics from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Rwanda.

Last month, the African Speculative Fiction Society announced the longlist for this year’s Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans (ASFS). This covered 4 categories namely graphic novel/comics, short story, novella and novel.

There were a total of 13 longlisted comics with 2 nominations by the same person/team, namely Bill Masuku and Etan Comics. In the shortlist, Bill leads with 2 nominations. The shortlist also features newcomers TAG Comics with Danfo and Rwandan creator Mika Hirwa with…

It’s not a seahorse, it’s not a ship, it’s a cow — a squid cow. Hold your fins, that’s just Squid Comic of the Week! This week’s comic is Monkey Meat Safari by Juni Ba.

Why do you love comics? For us, they take us to beautiful new places we can only dream of. But dreaming is just the half of it. The real kicker comes from seeing other people’s dreams painted in pixel-perfect art, plotlines that make us gasp, and characters we love to hate and hate to love.

Monkey Meat Safari is one of those comics we can’t…

A belly flop can be painful, hilarious and embarrassing, but not if you’re Penny in this adorable animated short from Triggerfish Studios.

Belly Flop is an award-winning South African animated short film written by Kelly Dillon, directed by Jeremy Collins and animated by Triggerfish Studios starring Penny, a fearless young girl learning to dive, unperturbed by a talented diver who keeps stealing the spotlight.

We join Penny, her grandmother and their dog on their day out for some poolside fun and relaxation. …

Kobina Taylor self-portrait

In August 2013, a collective of young men, excited and wet behind the ears, convened on the colorful and historic streets of Jamestown. They were there to showcase their work to an audience hungry for artistic expression that was rare, imaginative and unlike anything they had ever seen before. In those days, the Chale Wote Street Art Festival was just the place to find such an audience.

These men were united by a common love for anime, manga and urban fashion. …

If you’re a fan of Mr. Eazi or Afrobeats music, chances are you’ve watched at least one of the many 2D animated “music videos”, tagged as visualizers released between 2017 and now. These visualizers feature amusing and easy-to-follow stories and unique dance moves that end up on real-life dance floors.

At 21, 15 and 13 million views, and by Joeboy, and by Guilty Beatz (featuring Mr. Eazi, Pappy Kojo and Patapaa) respectively are the biggest Afrobeats visualizers on YouTube. These visualizers and others like them were all created by Peter “Poka Arts” Asamoah, a self-taught animator and illustrator in Ghana…

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