Rovik, The Kenyan Comic Set in the Star Wars Universe is Awfully Short But Many Levels Awesome!

January 13, 20173 min read

What if Africa or African inspired themes were part of the larger Star Wars mythos? That’s what Rovik offers.

UDK Crew (now Avandu), the guys behind the socially conscious comic Dunamis of which we happily wrote, are back with another dose of visual dead gorgeousness for 2017.

Titled Rovik, the awfully short comic is set in the Star Wars universe. The first issue shows no lightsabers (yet). Also, with master Yoda, yes, the same universe it is. Sadly, appeared not has master Yoda; if he will at all.

Eye of Rovik
Eye of Rovik

Rovik, the main character is human with eerie red eyes and a beautifully bald head that will make Avatar Aang jealous. He’s partnered up with a lemar (whatever that is) that looks like a cross between a timid polar bear and a giant albino ape.

Rovik and Pazazu the Lemar
Rovik and his pet lemar, Pazazu

Do they make a good pair? Seems that way, as hard as it is to tell because of how painfully short the comic is. While there isn’t much in terms of story to go on, the art is topnotch. There’s an element of grunginess that conveys mystery, evil and a real sense of danger.

Rovik page 06

Rovik is essentially, an African Star Wars. Here’s a blurb:

A comic book story set in the Star Wars world, it follows Rovik, an inhabitant of the planet Dukongo, a mineral rich planet with an abundance of Agrocite (a rare ore that has the capability of acting as a powerful fuel). The mineral is now almost completely depleted on the planet except in the small Brazzaville area. This is where we encounter Rovik, already halfway through his journey in the dense rainforest.

Rovik cover and promotional poster

You should check it out and tell us what you think while we anticipate the next release sometime in February.

Check out a few pages below and read the entire (painfully short) issue over at avandu.co.ke.

Ink Creativity!

By KaDi Yao Tay (aka Master KaDi:”May the squids be with you”)

Rovik promotional poster

About Avandu Vosi

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Avandu is a Nairobi based collective that focuses on Games, Comics and animation. We have a passion for creating culturally relevant and socially conscious projects. We draw our inspiration from our experiences as people born and raised in Kenya and also try to borrow heavily from African culture of both past and present.

Update 29/12/2023: Article updated to show where you can get an official copy of Rovik from – directly on the Avandu website after subscribing to their content. Also included an about Avandu section.

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