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Lagos Comic Con set for ninth edition

The ninth edition of Africa’s biggest geek and pop culture event, Lagos Comic Con, is set to take place on September 18 at NECA House, Alausa, Ikeja in Lagos.

This year’s event is themed Our Community, Our Creativity and is aimed at celebrating the finest of Africa’s creative talents as expressed in comics, animation, films, books and gaming.

Animated films that will be premiered include Magic Carpet Studios’ 3D short film titled Sip; as well as Spoof Animations’ African adventure epic series Ajaka: Lost in Rome, among others.

Speakers at this year’s event will include French distribution exec Mounia Aram, who will be speaking about pitching animation to a global audience; as well as Grace Edem and Temilade Aina, who will both speak about looking beyond book sales in the Bookicon zone.

Those exhibiting include horror author Chikamnenye Onubogu, sci-fi collection Red, creative design learning solutions providers Creative Pixel Academy, Cosmic Land Studios, creators of Meta6 comics, J.empire Art, Brown Roof Studios and Utricle Studios.

There will also be a cosplay competition and 15-year-old creative prodigy Kelechi ‘The Makesmith’ Praise from Port Harcourt will be making one of his signature cardboard superhero suits from scratch live at the Artist Alley.

Lagos Comic Con will also feature exhibitions, masterclasses, panel discussions, competitions and raffles to provide a rich space for markets, networking, capacity building and enriching the fan base of creative brands, according to the organisers.

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France’s Mounia Aram eyes Morocco expansion

Mounia Aram Company’s development slate includes Nigerian show The Makerbolts

France-based distribution outfit Mounia Aram Company has unveiled plans to open a second office and studio in Morocco to follow the launch of its new African animation training programme.

Mounia Aram, founder and president of Paris-based Mounia Aram Company, told C21 she expected the Casablanca office and studio would open next year.

The second branch of the company will focus on creating and producing, while the Paris hub will handle distribution and networking, Aram added.

On why Morocco was chosen as the location of the new office and studio, Aram said: “It’s part of my strategy to focus on and promote content from Africa. For me, Morocco is the first door to Africa.”

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The new hub follows the announcement of a new animation training programme launched by Aram alongside media consultant Patience Priso.

African Creative Talents will train 40 students, at least half of whom will be women, over a three-year period and will also be based in Casablanca. The programme, which will involve an internship at an African studio, is set to start in January.

It is hoped that once students complete the programme they will be employed at Mounia Aram Company’s studio in Casablanca, Aram added.

Aram said: “I’m really eager to work with talent in Africa but there isn’t enough, and that can be a problem when you sign coproduction deals, and they shift the production away from Africa because there aren’t enough trained animators. I decided to launch African Creative Talent to keep talent in Africa.

“It’s also very important to have at least 50% female students because we have a lot of creative women in our industry, but they need to be more visible and have more access to education.”

Mounia Aram Company was founded in 2019 to promote African talent internationally, with a particular focus on animation through international coproductions and sales.

On its development slate are titles such as The Makerbolts (52×11’) from Nigeria, Message Beats (36×11’) from Ghana and The Troublemakers (78×7’) from Mozambique, while the company also handles distribution of content from Splash Entertainment among other producers.

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Cameroon studio partners on fantasy series

Video game Aurion was inspired by African mythology

French outfits Chouette Company and Mounia Aram have partnered with Cameroon’s first video game studio to turn its game Aurion into an epic animated African fantasy series.

Paris- and Angoulême-based Chouette and distribution specialist Mounia Aram have teamed up with Kiro’o Games in Yaoundé to adapt the IP for the small screen.

Based on African mythology, the PC game launched in 2016 and since then Kiro’o Games has been expanding the brand into comics and smartphone games, with an animated series the next ambition.

The series will begin by recounting the Kori-Odan saga that is at the heart of the game, plunging viewers into an African fantasy world with love, action and existential dilemmas, the producers said.

A copro between Kiro’o Games and Chouette Company, production will be carried out by the artistic teams of both companies between their studios in Yaoundé and Paris.

Mounia Aram Company, set up in 2019, will oversee the distribution of the programme, as well as licensing.

Olivier Madiba, CEO of Kiro’o Games, said: “We have created a simple and deep fantasy universe which can be exploited for 30 years, depending on the ambitions of partners. Behind the action and drama, Aurion is mostly about the quest buried in each of us: who am I? What is the purpose of mankind?”

Mounia Aram, CEO of Mounia Aram Company, said: “I’ve been eager to bring African animation to another level since I’ve launched my company. Aurion is the perfect show to start with; it brings tradition along with a modern aspect of African tales. Partnering with Kiro’o and Chouette, I believe that we will bring together a fantastic story with a strong African DNA.”

Sylvain Dos Santos, chief creative officer of Chouette Company, added: “The Aurion universe is one of the most exciting and lavish creative universes I’ve come across in recent years. It immediately won me over, and I’m convinced that, with Kiro’o, we will develop it into an incredible animated saga.”

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