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Squid Alley With Kevin Blackmore 

We’re starting something new and exciting at Squid Mag that you’ll totally love. We’re granting you- with 9 questions – an all-access pass into the backyards of some of the best illustrators, graphic designers and comic writers across the continent. We’re calling it the Squid Alley -à la artist alley – and it is intended to offer a window into the lives of these amazing artists, every week!
We consider all the artists we interview Squid Heroes – Squidoes for the funk appeal -and for our first artist, it’s only proper that we talk to the talent behind our logo, Kevin Blackmore, a wonderful graphic designer, a nerd, one of the earliest promoters of Ghanaian hip-hop music through his NVNT Studios brand and an all round great guy to work with.
Let’s dive in.
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What are your go-to tools?


KB: A pen and a clean sheet of paper.

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Squid Mag logo designed by Kevin Blackmore

What inspires you?


KB: Random cartoony art and video games; preferably indie games.

What challenges do you face?


KB: Not being around creative people most of the time; kills me everyday.

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What’s your favorite and most fun piece you’ve ever worked on? 


KB: A paper cup I drew on 5 years ago; still have it!

Who do you absolutely listen to when you work?


KB: I tend to make numerous playlists of different music from years ago, music that makes me smile when I remember situations I was in or experiences…I like that a lot.

You have 24hrs in the Squid Time Tunnel to change something about your past. What would it be and why?


KB: I’m clueless.

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What do you do for fun? 


KB: Play video games and day dream.

What’s your hope for African comics, games, and animation in the next 3 years?


KB: To be awesome in every way possible and to have our own unique identity. I want to see another video game made by Africans on the PS Store or Xbox Store apart from Broforce from South Africa.

Kevin Blackmore's Triomphants
Kevin Blackmore's Triomphants
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
Adjo Kisser mural as a billboard in Kumasi.
Adjo Kisser mural as a billboard in Kumasi.
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view
The Portrait Series , Adjo Kisser, 2014, drawing with charcoal, variable dimensions, installation view

The TRIOmphant Bonus: Who are your top 3 African creatives across comics, games, animation, music, technology; whatever?


KB: I like what Adjo Kisser is doing with her characters. I saw a wall she covered at the Nubuke Foundation and a few others online. I also like – a lot – what Charles Lawson is doing; I like his photography.

For music,🤔I don’t know yet. There’s so much from Ghana; we are on the come up and it’s amazing – and Squid Mag, it’s nice bringing all of us together.

 
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Images sourced from IUB, Montage GH.

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