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Lagos Comic Con set for eight edition

The eight edition of Africa’s largest pop-culture and geek market, Lagos Comic Con, is set to take place from September 19th to 21st at Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The event is aimed at creating business platforms for practitioners in the creative industry, including comics, animation, gaming, film and virtual reality, to celebrate success and shape conversations in the industry. It promises greater brand exposure for exhibitors, as well as extended and tailored market discussion.

There will be various panel sessions for the comic industry (Comic Con), animation industry (Renda Con), film industry (Nolly Con) and book industry (Booki Con). Topics such as business support for African comic studios, distribution for African animation, the Annecy experience/Annecy Africa 2020, content production in Africa, business funding, content distribution and marketing, growing audiences and building creative business brands in the African market will be discussed.

There will also be masterclasses featuring top professionals in the comics, animation, film, and book industries giving live tutorials on their trades, including storyboarding, script writing, film direction, film editing, story plotting and comic colouring.

In addition, French and African short film screenings, as well as the screening of Foopitoons from Basement Animation, projects from Malika Animation by Youneek Studio and animated TV series Area Daddy from Spoof Animation will take place.

Some of the speakers at this year’s event will include Ayodele Elegba, CEO, Spoof Comics; Martin Okonkwo, founder of Epoch Studios; Somto Ajuluchukwu, CEO of Vortex Corp; Ijeoma Onah, founder of NITV; Dami Solesi, CEO of Smids Animation; Mbuotidem Johnson, CEO of Basement Animation; actor and TV presenter Uti Nwachukwu; actor Uche Jombo; Roye Okupke, director of YouNeek Studios; and Nigerian film maker Niyi Akinmolayan.

There will also be competitions, cosplays, awards and networking sessions.

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Discop targets African animation

Market organiser Discop has partnered with a network of animators to set up an initiative designed to support and grow the African animation industry.

Ayodele Elegba

Discomics has been formed by Discop with The African Animation Network, which links various animation professionals and national associations across Africa.

Discomics will debut as an event alongside Discop’s forthcoming markets in Abidjan, Zanzibar, Johannesburg and featuring workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses, said Gert Botes, conference and events director at Discop Markets. Discop is also planning a TV conference and market in Lagos in 2019 as well.

Discop and The African Animation Network have already set up strategic partnerships between Discomics and Lagos Comic Con (LCC), Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) and Icon Comics & Games Convention (CGC) to raise awareness around the initiative.

The agreement will see Nigerian animator Ayodele Elegba, founder of LCC and CEO of Lagos-based Spoof Animation, join Discomics as head of comics; Thomas Imboywa, founder of NAICCON, join as head of gaming and eSports; and Les Allen, director of Icon CGC, join as head of business development.

Nick Wilson, head of projects at The African Animation Network, said: “At a top level, Discomics serves as an open network platform, accelerator and bridge.

“But, at its core, Discomics is focused on localisation, engaging with local entrepreneurs, building those entrepreneurs and their industries and creating pan-African platforms for local talent to be empowered and become self-sustaining.”

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