By ZIZI ONIANWAH
If there is one thing that the Lagos Comic Con has become, it’s a virtual heaven for geeks in Nigeria who want to see new comic books, animations, awesome games, virtual reality, Cosplay and networking with their fellow geeks. With a day set aside for full exhibitions of comics and animation, panel sessions, Skype interviews, film zone and gaming zone. There certainly wasn’t a shortage of unseen footage ready to excite and entice.
Geeks and lovers of comics/animations in their thousands flooded the NECA Center to attend last Saturday #Lagoscomiccon2017 from different parts of Nigeria and outside Nigeria. This happens to be the sixth edition of the convention has at some point the organizers would have to access the growth on yearly basics of how it had grown from the first edition in 2012.
A great number of major publishers, creators and studios represented themselves well at the exhibitors hall ranging from Peda Comics,Spoof,Vortex,Comic Republic,YouNeek studios,Basement Animations,Komotion Studios, Epoch Comics Vallant and many more.
The audiences were very excited and a great number of new books were announced and some animation made their debuted at this year’s con;the trade paperback of kickstarter smash-hit of the Peda Comics (Newborn) sold out in no time has it caught the attention of the audiences.
The animation studios didn’t come to play soft ball; with multimedia presentations systems and live demonstrations for the audiences to participate in. Children were not left out has they enjoyed snap lessons in animation films and series that came from Spoof studios stand.
One thing that was really different this year and made this edition more compelling was the introduction of panel sessions, Skype interview with other international acts talking about the business side of comics/animation in Nigeria then the addition of the film zone has the organizers partnered with Real Time International Film Festival (RTF) to show made in Nigeria animations and films: Komotion studio showed there latest 3D animation short film ‘’Dawn Of Thunder’’.
Back to back at the panel sessions was heated and intense has many topics that were discussed brought insights to newbies in the animation industry on what to do when going into the business of comics/animations. Convener/founder Ayodele Elegba brought in creators from different comics/animation studios to bring to light topics that seems to in the minds of many attendee’s (Finding the money in African comics’’, Content distribution, The business of Voice acting in animation ,The role of comics/animation in African economy).
There was also a Master class powered by Heritage Bank (SME finances) and their role in supporting the creative industry to build a structured business in aiding them gets loans from Bank of Industry.
The Fist Awards were also handed out, in a variety of categories like Best Artist that was won by Martin Okonkwo from his work on ‘’Aegis’’ #3 from Epoch Comics and the best Writer was won by John Nova for ‘’Aegis” also from Epoch Comics and many more. There is a growing number of publishers and animations studios that are rising and it’s safe to say that it’s a healthy competition has it’s perceptible for the grown of the industry.