Squid Magazine (Squid Mag for short) is an online hub dedicated to the exploration, critique, promotion and archiving of African creativity manifested within Comics, Games, Animation and other engaging media.
Why Squid Mag?
The name is inspired by squids, sea invertebrates that release ink as a defensive mechanism. We find it poetic how such a mechanism can be a metaphor for painting a people’s realities and dreams fluidly in an ocean of canvases. An ocean that is threatened to be overrun with narratives that exclude us.
It is in defence of this that our motto reads Ink Creativity.
This website is one of the ways we’re achieving that. The other way is true our Bahari Blue initiative that’s live on the site as a series showcasing amazing African digital artists. Beyond the bi-weekly series, we’ve created a database where we’re curating everything in the geekosphere including talents in animation, comics, games and illustration, publishers and studios making games, comics or animation, the events such as festivals like the Accra Animation Film Festival and conventions such as the Nairobi Comic Convention, support organizations and much more.
You can find our work with Bahari Blue, the database at database.squidmag.ink and the bi-weekly series, Bahari Blue, where we’ve so far featured Malcolm Carter Wopé, Venus Bambisa, Kofi Ofosu, Simangaliso Sibaya, Kudzai Ngundu and Ifesinachi Orjiekwe among others.
Squid Mag was started by Kofi Sydney Asare and KaDi Yao Tay in 2015. The Squid Mag team comprises Cassandra Mark, Kevin Sampong, Kiyindou Yamakasi, Dela Attikesse, Fafa and Elom MacAuley, Elizabeth Temitayo Johnson and recently, Tobi Oluwafemi.
We are on a mission to alter the African narrative through channels atypically associated with Africa.
Will you join us?
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