Month: April 2016

Nigerian Comics Set to Take World by Storm

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Image courtesy of Vortex Comics

Founded in 2015, Lagos based comic book company Vortex Comics is striving to create a new generation of comic book fans in Nigeria.  During an interview with Jordan Calhoun from blacknerdproblems, CEO Somto Ajuluchukwu highlighted his mission to create a mythology of superheroes specifically designed for Nigerian readers.  The titles and characters draw on both current issues (political and otherwise) affecting African readers, as well as ancient Yoroba traditions and ideals in an attempt to educate young readers on their cultural heritage.

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Vortex continues to press forward with giving back to their community in the creation of the Vortex Academy.  The Vortex Academy is a co curricular program that works with Lagos area schools to teach classes in illustration, graphic design, animation, and coding. Unfortunately, this program is only for the Lagos region in Nigeria, but you can check out their YouTube channel to watch this awesome group of guys at work.

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The crew behind Vortex Comics

Check out their website, buy some comics, and help spread the love to get this movement off the ground!

NeoVerse Indigogo Campaign

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Image courtesy of the NeoVerse team

Edx alum Enrique Betancourt has gathered a super team of fellow edx alumni to form the NeoVerse project including Casey Van Camp, Brigadier-Wolf, Gage Lynn, Sabine Antigua, and Thomas Wilson combined with artistic backup from the artists at Kamui’s Colors and Zain Naqvi. 

The NeoVerse is an ambitious project, featuring series of novels with characters inspired by the SmithsonianX course.  Each novel features the story of separate heroes, culimiating into an epic crossover where the heroes form their own superhero team.  Betancourt and company have started up an indigogo campaign for this project with perks ranging from credit on the back of the first novel Auroch to the inclusion of a backer’s all new character in the NeoVerse.

Its always awesome seeing fellow alumni push forward with their projects, so make sure to check out their indigogo (which will be ending in May this year) and if you can, sling some dollars thier way!

Keep up the awesome work guys!!