On the 4th of March 2017, Comic Republic set Lagos agog with the biggest Comic and Gaming Convention at the Freedom Park as part of the Lagos Theatre Festival Activities.
The convention was supported by the likes of Ebony Life TV, CNN Africa, Tech Cabal, Silverbird TV, Wakanow, Wacom, Yandi and many more others. Also in attendance were all the comic book publishing houses in Nigeria share art and comic books to the thousands that were present.
It had speakers like the CEO, Comic Republic, Jide Martin; PR and Communications Manager, Google West Africa, Taiwo Kola- Ogunlade; CEO, A2Hub, Adaora Mbelu-Dania; CEO, IC Studios, Ibrahim Ganiyu, CEO, Peda Comics, Peter Daniel, Business Country Manager Strikas Entertainment Nigeria Ltd Joyce Olagesin and Sebastian Loerscher an Illustrator and author from Berlin, leading a special panel session called Comic Connect Let’s Talk which was moderated by Eduvie Martin.
In short, if you weren’t there, you missed out big time. There was free wifi, free superhero Jollof rice, free VR sessions, free notebooks and free posters at the Comic Republic Stand. I mean – Who no like awoof? Talking about awoof, there was free ‘Heroes as Icons’ classes on how to make comic books and thrive and there were free business consultations in a first of its kind Comic Cliniq where artists received one on one business counsel from lawyers, marketers, investors and illustrators.
Other activities included an awards night sponsored by Wakanow and Wacom and a first of its kind cosplay competition were a winner walked away with a grand prize of N200,000.
See list of award winners below
|1||“The Connect” Comic Publisher, 2016||Comic Republic|
|2||Best Children Comics of the Year||Hero Kekere by Comic Republic|
|3||Fan Choice & Critics Best Comic Book Writer||Xavier Ighorodje
|4||Fan Choice & Critics African Best Comic of the year||Avonome|
|5||Fan Choice Best Web Comic||Crasher by Kayode “Kro” Onimole
|6||Fan Choice & Critics Best Cover Art||Avonome #6|
|7||Fan Choice Best International Comic Series of 2016||One Punch Man by ONE, Yuusuke Murate (Shueisha)|
|8||Fan Choice Best Newspaper published Comic Artist||E.B Asukwo
(Business day Newspapers)
|9||Fan Choice Comic Activity Supporter of the year||Farabale Weekly|
|10||The Comic Maker Achievement Award||Jide Martin (Comic Republic)|
|11||Critics Best Letterer||Michael “Balox” Balogun|
|12||Critics Best Cultural Themed Comic||Visionary|
|13||Lifetime Achievement Award||Andy Ackman (Captain Africa)|
|14||Best Comic Artist (2016)||Chinedu Atlas Chukwuka|
|15||Digital Comic Colourist of the year (2016)||Ifeanyi Ifemeje|
|16||Concept Artist of the year (2016)||Godwin Akpan|
|17||Illustrator of the year (2016)||Akinola Akinwande|
“Comic Republic ” is a Nigerian comic book character franchise that produces digital comic books to tell more compelling stories of Africa and her rich culture. Her stories are also present as the covers of 2 million student notebooks nationwide. You can find her stories on www.thecomicrepublic.com
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