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Brief Overview of African Comics
Since about 2016, the popularity of African comics has risen. Many attribute this to the rise of superhero comic book movies particularly the ones produced by Marvel Studios.
With this increased interest, many people began to wonder about the existence of comic books from Africa. Not stories like Black Panther which were created foreigners for the continent, but comics that were made by Africans on the continent.
While many are oblivious, there’s a rapidly growing comic scene on the continent which isn’t only consuming what is produced by the big 3 (Marvel, DC and Image) but creating all-inclusive narratives from every corner of the continent.
A testament to this narrative is the different comic conventions and gatherings across the continent, with a new one seemingly springing up every year such as Lagos Comic-Con, NerdCon, Nairobi Comic-Con, Fancon, Comic-Con Africa, Mboa BD, Lusaka Con, Comic Connect, UNICON, Abuja Comic-Con, ICON Comics and Games Convention, Comexposed and so on.
African comics are dominated by the fantasy genre, with many creators playing with the continent’s rich supernatural legacy. Comics such as Eru, and Aje by Comic Republic are typical examples of this. Science-fiction and superhero comics are another popular genre, with the bulk of superhero comics incorporating a lot of fantasy as well.
There are several publishers of African comics on the continent. Many of them are small, independent studios or individuals, such as Luke Molver, while a few, such as Kugali, Comic Republic, Avandu Vosi, Zebra Comics, YouNeek Studios and TAG Comics are relatively more established.
Curious about the African comics being discussed at such gatherings, this page of free African comics should give you some insight. While not nearly comprehensive enough because of the focus on freely available comics, this is a good starting point. For a database of African comics, kindly visit our ongoing project, nicknamed Bahari Blue, a database of Comics, Games and Animation or AfricaComics.net.
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Free African Comics
Amazing Tek Kids
3 heroic kids get sent back into time to stop the evil mad genius from reversing the future to his will.
In a far future, an evil Nigerian scientist who is bent on world domination cracked the quantum space-time continuum theory and created the time machine. his intent is to reverse reality in the past so he could reign supreme in the future…But a group of young special elite tact division of the Nigerian police force cadet team jump time with him to put an end to his ungodly campaign, equipped with futuristic gadgets and abilities they are put in an unwinding pursuit against the mad doctor.
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Enzo Kori-Odan, prince of Zama city suffers a coup d’état conspired by his brother-in-law Ngarba Evou on his coronation and wedding day with Erine Evou. Exiled in shame, the royal couple travels the world, gain strength, and assemble their Aurionic Legacy, in hopes to return to Zama and claim what was taken from them. Beyond retrieving their position, the fallen royal couple will particularly discover the geopolitical and existential dilemmas attached to their roles of King and Queen. Aurion is an action-packed journey that will bring our two heroes across the entirety of a beautiful, uniquely rendered African fantasy world.
Avonome: The Realm Within
Avonome is a fantastical story about Hilda Avonomemi Moses, born in 1937 in Edo State Nigeria but disappeared without a trace. She is a reincarnated woman with no memory of her past save for her name blessed with the incredible ability to see spirits and interact with their world.
Aided by a purple shapeshifting babysitter and an angel, she embarks on a mission to discover who she was and to understand her gifts, all while kicking evil spirit ass. The African comic draws references from Yoruba myths like the Abiku as well as Nigerian history and features some exciting character designs.
Bang Bang is an Afro-punk Western. The story is about Nambi’s quest for vengeance after the infamous criminal known as Walumbe murders her husband, Kintu and their children. Sworn never to use a gun again Nambi has developed a method of fighting her armed enemies using brass/iron knuckles.
This comic from Uganda was published by KOK (Klan of the Kings), the studio behind Sunjata, the beautiful epic adventure video game. It was created by Ronald Kayima and Atim Lakony and written by James Kasavubu with art by Ronald.
Black Sage: The Rising
In an ideal society, justice is fair and reasonable! Since no society is ideal, and fairness & reason must prevail, lace up your minds for a reign of justice akin to the rules and brute of the jungle. See justice whipped into reality with Black Sage’s lasso & the scribbles, scratches and sketches of Sola Adebayo (creator) and Bill Bidiaque (writer).
Black Sage is “an 8-page miniseries that focuses on the innate desire of the common man to deliver justice to corrupt individuals” by the comic’s creators.
This vivid graphic novel tells the story of a heavily bandaged, Weston hat donning, lasso wielding vigilante, who, guided by his own moral compass and a supernatural entity called The One (enabling him to walk through walls among other things), hunts down corrupt individuals and exacts immediate judgement if they refuse to redress their actions. The synopsis goes:
Black Sage hunts down corrupt citizens of Nigeria and offers them the opportunity to make things right. When they don’t, he delivers judgement-day to them on earth. The world of Black Sage is one of justice and immediate judgement. There are no second chances with him. Tonye Hart (an NSS agent) died fifty-three years ago in a fire accident orchestrated by a corrupt Nigerian Government or so the world thought. He was transported to a facility in Midrasha by unknown forces and sustained by machines for fifty years. At the fulfilment of time, he was transported back to Nigeria as Black Sage and he is here to fix the ills of Africa with his lasso.
Born to a clan of witchcraft, her noble nature calls for redemption. The priestess is now aware of her destiny, foretold by the Mlezi and it calls for her greatest task. She hails from the Great Lakes kingdom of Kitara, East Africa, bearing with her the curse of the Jangura.
Comic-Up Zimbabwean Comic Anthology
Explore the diverse world of Zimbabwean comics in this anthology featuring established and upcoming talent from the country. The anthology features talents like Bill Masuku (Razor-Man), Uzimengeli the African Bountess and Tinodiwa Zambe Makoni (Mhare). The anthology is published by Comexposed.
Pete, a young man who is caught between living in Nigeria and his destiny to become the people’s champion of justice. He is also known as Power Pete. his foes know his as Di Iche, The Anomaly but the writer of this story has other plans in this epic start to greatness.
Eric Kukoyi is not a normal man. He doesn’t age or sleep. He lectures at the University of Lagos, also doubling as a part-time psychiatrist and parapsychologist. When night dawns, where creatures haunt corners and crime rears its head, he becomes the one thing any of them will ever fear, he becomes fear itself.
Bound by oath to haunt the night as a force of retribution. The people of this city have called him many names, but one echoes the loudest: ERU fear itself, walks among us.
What could the heroes of the Comic Republic universe be up to if they were little, superpowered children?
Welcome to the wayward world that is Hero Kekere. In this universe, many of Comic Republic’s most popular characters are transformed into a group of mischevious infants that embark on all sorts of wacky adventures.
KWEZI is a story the follows a young city kid who discovers he has superhuman abilities. set on a South African backdrop witness this epic, action-packed journey of discovery as our young hero, through his newly found power, finds his purpose!
Lake of Tears
Written by Kobe Ofei and illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey, this beautifully illustrated, imaginatively written story tells a heart-wrenching tale of captivity and redemption.
Set against the backdrop of Ghana’s hazardous inland fishing industry, where an estimated 21,000 children currently live and work on Lake Volta, the story features three fiercely determined teen protagonists who come together through unlikely circumstances to put at least one wicked slave master out of business for good.
Torn from his family by ravaging marauders, death could not hold his unbreakable thirst for vengeance and without a glimmer of his uncanny destiny as a newborn. The Unbreakable, as he has come to be known hails from the ancient Kingdom of Kongo which was founded by Lukeni Kua Nim. The Kingdom of Kongo is located at northern Angola, Cabinda, the Republic of Congo and the Western portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Monkey Meat Island
The Monkey Meat company is the most powerful corporation in the world, thanks to its delicious processed meat in cans. And the Monkey Meat island is where the sausage is made!
The Monkey Meat company invites you to read a comic following Thaddeus Lug, the buff, beer-drinking badass who smashes monsters to keep the island clean. He’s a little upset about his contract though. He’s fed-up with his work conditions, and it’s time to ask for improvements. But when your employer has supernatural ways to keep you in check, things may not turn out as planned…
The Moongirls are an ancient Guardianship of the Oracle of Ma’at. It is said that the Moongirl energies were birthed when the Oracle of Ma’at came into existence, at a time before the beginning of time. The First Guardianship was not in homo sapien form because there were Forces and Forms that roamed this universe long before we came to know it as it is.
In the year 2019 of the New World Order of the Council of the Seti, the current Moongirls are four African Supersheroes who fight a physical and philosophical war.
Their mission: to restore Truth, Propriety, Order, Balance, Justice, and Harmony. Ma’at.
South Africa, several years from now.
A techno-industrial dystopia, the sprawling megalopolis of Durban stretches across the country’s east coast, a breeding ground for a cosmopolitan cross-section of high-tech and low-life.
Lazarus Nero is a keyboard cowboy, one of millions of hackers earning their crust in the dark alleyways of cyberspace.
Learn more about Luke Molver and Nero Genesis here.
Newborn: Rise of the Mlezi
The Newborn saga is an epic fantasy series set in ancient Africa. Long ago a great ancient EVIL sought to engulf Creation. The celestial council came together and created a solution to this uprising. They created NEWBORN spirits. Pure in heart and noble in the cause of regaining balance in the realms of existence. They vanquished the evil threat and banished it to eternal darkness. millenniums have passed and a curse EONS old is set in motion to unleash terror once more.
Nkarim Chronicles: The Showdown
“The story revolves around a young boy’s quest to become an Arch-7evener, the highest honor bestowed on a 7evener in the Nkarim country.” – Kugali.com
Based off an African Folk Tale, Olwatuuka tells the story of a young boy (Kakama) who sets out to destroy a vicious demon that has terrorized the world and get revenge for his family. He journeys into the land of the dead where he makes new friends and enemies and uncovers more about himself and the demon he seeks.
3 Junior Paratroop cadets, a Coward, a lunatic, and an Arcanist inherit the power of The Oversoul——God help us all!
Created by Zimbabwean artist Kudzai Gumbo and set in Brazil, it tells of a young man, Pooya’s initiation into the Oversoul Corp, a super-enhanced military in a slum where you have two choices, the military or the grave.
Rovik is a Kenyan comic set in the Star Wars universe. The comic follows Rovik and his companion lemari called ‘Pazuzu’ as they make their way to the last mining city of Brazzaville, hoping to find work as a guard again at the last functioning mine on the Planet that the Empire, thanks to its Deathstar has stipped dry. Art by Salim Busuru. Written by Yvone Wanyoike.
Sam Graphico Anthology of African Comics
This anthology is a collection of comic books primarily from Zambia.
The first issue features comics from different creators including Mabvuto Comics, Black Hut Comics and Bill Masuku (with Welcome to Dead World) from Zimbabwe. It also features digital art from other Zambian creators like Grace Singogo who designed the cover. The first issue launched at Lusaka Comic-Convention and sold out during the course of the con in August.
Showdown: Chaos Rising
Within the hustling and bustling of Paradyse city, a shadowy organisation is close to revolutionising a new type of bio-weapon in the arms black market.
Under the cover of an entertainment media outfit, they have created the perfect testing ground in the form of a live combat tournament show.
In the midst of all this, a young man from out of town who arrives the big city in search of his brother crosses paths with a laid-off police detective who is secretly on a case involving the disappearance of an old colleague of hers.
The two become an unlikely pair as their paths lead them to the live combat tournament…..Showdown.
Tatashe follows an eponymous, female protagonist as she encounters friendship and adventure on the mysterious food planet Almonia. Watch as she faces mythological creatures and trials, each more obscure than the last. Whether alone, with her pet baby dragon or with new friends, she explores this fantastical planet in the hopes of finding the magic of food, the mysterious kingdom of Eden and her long lost master.
The Fifth Element
Saving the planet earth proves to be much harder than Quin expected especially since the people she is saving the planet for are the very cause of its steady demise. Can she live up to being the superheroine she has been called to be? Can she live up to being The Fifth Element!
The Fifth Element is a series of climate change awareness comics created by Mwelwa Musonko.
The Ganda is a story about the first man(Kintu) on earth. According to the Buganda culture, it is a folk story that the baganda have been telling generation to generation. Some believe Kintu is a mythological figure while others believe that he actually existed. Well, we leave that to you.
In this issue, Elupe Comics attempts to make a version of its own to this story while maintaining the key elements of the original story.
Under the Sun
In Zamia, a fictional country in Central Africa, persons with albinism have been forced to migrate to the island of Kurume in the middle of Lake Tanganyika due to persistent attacks by people and with-doctors who use their body parts for rituals.
They live peacefully on Kurume with government approval and protection until all hell breaks loose. Civil war ravages the land after the president is assassinated. Now, survival is paramount.
Learn more about Under the Sun, a comic created by Austine Osas and published by Peda Comics.
Young Hustla Comics
Young Hustla is an initiative that is centred on an entrepreneurship comic book called Young Hustla.
Young Hustla tells the story of several aspiring young entrepreneurs from different social and economic backgrounds. All these individuals come from different province within South Africa and different parts of Africa.
The main theme of this South African comic is entrepreneurship and the sub-themes are issues/challenges affecting young people within Africa.