Aje #3 is a Transcendental book of Art Marvel.

Comics Meltdown Review of AJE #3

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Published by Comic Republic

Written by Wale Awelenje.

Line Art by OZ (Ozo Ezeogu)

Colours by MADMAX (Tobe Ezeogu)


We love Comics. We worship great comics, and this is one.

Wale Awelenje is an Admin and a day one member of the comics meltdown group.

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So, we are not surprised with this monstrosity of a comic that came out of his mind. But, we get ahead of ourselves.

There was plenty of Hype surrounding this comic and we were not invested until we read it. Holy S#&*%!

This comic is beyond awesome and maybe created by the gods for the gods!

Lets start from the Line Art!, oh wow!. Oz had to have been on alien herbs to have drawn this!. The Line art was a wondrous experience and every dot, every line and hatch spoke of supreme purpose. The line art was inspired to say the least and honestly made the experience of reading the comic ethereal in form and nature. OZ should proud of himself for this game changing art at the very least. We are happy that this comic is an African one as it speaks to the potential hidden on the African Continent.

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The Colours were out of this planet!. MAX has shown the Madness he his well know for artistically. The colours boosted the art and made the pages a pure pleasure to look at. We were honestly worried once we saw the sheer amount of details on the lines but MAX buried our worries with his ethereal splash of colours around the comics. One of our reviewer keeps saying his eyes are still bleeding from the sheer awesomeness. This comic could not have been easy to colour yet, Max pulled it off!

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The script written by Clock Penalty(wale) obviously set a very high standard for the comic from the get go and we were happy to see the words match the script line for line. This comic was easy to read and it advances the story of AJE into an overdrive not seen in the last issues.

This comic was a great read!

This is a great Comic, and honestly, we don’t know if it gets better than this.

This is expression, this is Art.

Comic Republic has made pure magic with this book, we cannot wait for what they do next!

This is a great comic book. End.

Please read here http://www.thecomicrepublic.com/web/viewer.html?file=Aje_3_2018_web.pdf

and tell us what you think!!

4.7 out of 5 stars!

Catch Comic Republic on their Website for more great books.

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http://www.thecomicrepublic.com

African Comics Writers are here…Now.

In the African/Nigerian Comics/Graphics Novels clime, Writers – Comics Scripts Writers are/ have always been relegated to the background.

Artists are lauded solely – rightly. The importance of the Artist in the creative process of evincing the visuals of the Comic Book cannot be understated. This is a fact. But…

The Comic book writers is just as important.

In the process of making any comic, the sigil of any great comic’s narrative starts and ultimately stops with the writer. Notably, no one can do everything. In same manner, no Artist can truly make a great comic without a great writer.

Significantly, this then begs the query on why writers are ignored and relegated to the background in Nigerian… No, African Comics. It is truly mind boggling.

If truly this industry was a student of history, it would be realized that the various heads of various internationally successful Comics Companies are Writers and with good reason. This is another statement of fact…

Stan Lee, Micheal Bends, Hickman, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, Frank Miller, Scott Snyder and the almighty Robert Kirkman of Walking dead fame are a few of Comic Writers who have attained godhood and fame through the craft of comic script writing.

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Please, realize that this is not undermining of the ARTIST’s penultimate role in bringing the visuals to life but an exemplification the Writer’s role in this process.

It stands to reason therefore that, hopefully, that African Creatives will start employing and searching for talented writers in bringing great works of art to reality. Comics that will survive the test of time and trends.

If Writers are not given their due role in the industry, it is only trite that current wave of poorly written Comics will be sustained leading to the inevitable demise of the industry. This is a secret that the successful companies have grasped, maybe the grassroots need to accept this physical evidence as well.

This is the next level. The African Comic book scene is no longer in its infancy. Its well on it way to a well deserved adolescence at which stage, the excuse of ignorance will no longer water but be treated as a pariah as well.

There are several great writers in the industry and earlier last month, the group; The Comics Writer’s Meltdown Group held a competition in which it called for scripts. The quality of the scripts were not only mind boggling but eye opening as well.

https://comicsmeltdown.com/2018/07/17/the-winner-of-the-1st-comics-writers-meltdown-writing-competition-is/

It is our hope that this call to action will be taken seriously. Comic Makers please step up your game. Comics Writers need to come out of hiding. It should not take a great writer like Roye Okupe setting up his own company to get the industry to take writers seriously. Writers like Wale Awelenje, Sewedo Nupowaku, Mamode Ogbewele, Xavier Ighorodje, Seun Odukoya, Emmanuel Ezeabiama, Akintoba Kalejaye, Kelly Kalu etc exist relatively under the radar in the industry. This is inexcusable…

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By the Reporter who strikes.

 

 

The Winner of the 1st Comics Writer’s Meltdown Writing Competition is…!

The Comics Meltdown Writer’s Group:

https://web.facebook.com/groups/comicswritermeltdown/

The Writer’s Group Commenced a Comic Script Writing Competition on the 29th of July, 2018.

https://comicsmeltdown.com/2018/06/30/1st-cwm-comic-script-writing-competition/

In this competition, participants were expected to write a comic script spelt out below:

  • A 12 Page Comic Script With ALL the following elements:
  • Superpowers
  • Gods
  • Corruption (Subjective interpretation)
  • West Africa
  • Inter-dimensional Travel.
  • New Characters for the purpose of the Competition (The Script cannot be based on existing Characters in any continuity)

Five Comic Writers/Creators participated in the competition and delivered astounding works of Fiction that were both masterfully written and composed.

The Participants and their scripts were:

1. Babatunde Ajibulu CWM Challenge Babatunde Ajibulu

2. Patrick Aguisi CWM CSWC – Patrick Agusi

3. Olatunde Olufowobi CWM Competition- Olatunde Olufowowbi

4. Abu Bello CMW Contest Abu Bello

5. Thorpey Samuel CWM Contest – Thorpey Samuel

They all delivered their scripts before or on the 8th of July of July, 2018. The Admin of the Comics Writer’s Meltdown then swept into action gathering a well known team of Judges that were both Talented and had the stripes to show for their wealth of Experience in the Comics Industry both within and abroad. The Judges were:

– Mr. Sewedo Nupowaku

– Mr Jide Martin

– Mr Dapo Olasiyan

– Mr Kingsley Okoh

– And the Admin of the group; Akintoba Kalejaye & Wale Awelenje.

The Judges poured over the scripts and finally came up with a decision. But first, it is important to state that all participant did extremely well. Below is an exemplification of the effort of each and every participant.

  1. – Babatunde Ajibulu’s script was very strong script, even though it was not strictly ordered, the story was pleasant to read and he followed the order of the themes of the competition. His script was Climatic!, and in the best way!.
  2. – Patrick Aguisi’s script was masterfully ordered, following the theme of the competition to a letter, His story was refreshing even if not thematically morbid as some other scripts, it was a delight to read!.
  3. – Olatunde Olufowobi ‘s script was well written, the story was a bit groggy but it did not deter from the intention of the writer. The thematic changes were well intention-ed and well received!.
  4. – Abu Bello’s script was a joy to read. It was so well written that some of the Judges commented on his masterful use of English and attention to Grammar. The script ignored a tiny bit thematic rules of the competition but, this did not in any way remove from its excellent nature!.
  5. – Thorpey Samuel’s script was very imaginative and straight to the point. Even though its ordering and grammar were suspect, it still did its job in conveying a powerful story to the judges!.

But… Ultimately there can be 1 winner.

The Judges collectively chose: Mr. Patrick Aguisi!

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Patrick Aguisi is the winner of the 1st Comic’s writer Meltdown Script Writing Competition. His script was the definition of a comic script and it read like a text book for comic script writing!, Wale Awelenje, one of the Admin of the group said this:

“Aguisi’s script features unique characters within a myriad of culturally significant situations and environments. You had statues of the gods, and an unusual set of characters and creatures taking part in a sequence of events that was not run of the mill.There was a well written dialogue that felt as if it was well thought through, and not simply characters espousing what the writer had in his head”

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Congratulations Patrick Aguisi!

Please read the scripts above and tell us what you think!

More on this to come later…

Nathan Fillion Made an Uncharted Fan Movie, and it is Awesome!

The official Uncharted movie may be stuck in development hell forever, but actor Nathan Fillion and his crew have made their own 15-minute cinematic tribute to the iconic action-adventure franchise. It is wonderful.

This short fan-film—which I sure hope Sony doesn’t try to take down—is just about everything you’d want from an Uncharted movie: witty quips, fun twists, esoteric history references, and even a pivot to Video Game Mode for a gun fight.

You can check it out here:

 

Source: https://kotaku.com/

 

Ms Marvel 2016 Issue 31 by Caleb AE

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Nico Leon, Elmo Bondoc, Gustavo Duarte
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 27, 2018

The overall art of this book is mediocre. We start with the  initial art of this book which is slightly above average,the dark shading and lack of bright colours didn’t bring out the slice of life feeling it was going for. If that was the only issue with the art it would be a blessing but a change in artist mid story did not help. The art then transcended into an out of proportion wonky image which was in direct contrast to the art it began with. Then the book,mid story reverses back to the initial art type as if it just wasn’t sure of which to use. To make matters worse the book then transforms into a third art type which in reality was an average art style which was similar to the first  but at this point it was too little too late. In conclusion to the constant change in form, it then returned back to the initial style of art at the end of the book.

All that being said about the art,the dialogue held up quite well and one could easily forget that the book was centered around a teenage slumber party.
The jokes are actually funny and its easy to understand the characters feelings through the words. The dialogue at some point did get a liite tiring but then again,it was a slumber party at that.

As the art transitioned from zero to hundred at a moments notice, sadly so did the style of panelling, the initial art style was used mainly for the slumber party segments so it wasn’t really put to the test until towards the ending when it was,and barely passes the test as It has to be re-read to truly  understand how a character got from point “A” to point “B”.The second form of art had a better form of panelling with its mistakes during the action but the overall was likable. As for the third form of art,the panelling was splendid and fluid,needles to say it was the best form of panelling in the book.

One thing that remained constant through the ever changing properties of the book was the story. like i said earlier, it was centered around a teenagers slumber party but it was a fun read with the jokes and action to compliment it. The ending is something a reader who hasn’t been following the ms marvel  run probably would not have seen coming but even at that it was funny.

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This is a book that would have been amazing it they really just stuck with one artist in the end
the 6/10

Batman #50 Review: Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle ties the knot. Or not! by Alaba Onajin

Batman issue 50: The wedding was released yesterday and it has caused a lot of debate among fans.
The issue started off with the usual business of planning, to getting ready and organizing what was supposed to be a secret wedding with a couple of witnesses. Vows were exchanged on multiple one shot pages of the two lovers from over the years by various artists and everything went well until it was off, and wrapped up by the huge reveal that Bane was behind it all, in an elaborate plot to “break the Bat” (again) which I thought was ingenious. You can’t expect any less from the intelligent criminal mastermind.
All these also raises a lot of questions: who and who is in on it? Is Selina a part of this plot? Whats Bane’s endgame?
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Anyway let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section. Did this issue pay off? Was it a letdown?
Batman #50 by Tom King is out now!

Featured Artist: To Balox(Michael Balogun), ART comes FIRST!!

Michael Balogun is a member of the comics Meltdown group. He is a well-known artist of critical renown and deservedly impressive assessment by haters and lovers alike. We caught up with Michael after his birthday some days back

Michael is quite frankly, a monstrously talented graphic artist who has at least 20 separate critically acclaimed comic titles under his belt. While his repertoire of graphic art is too numerous to be listed, he was gracious enough to allow us cite a sparse list of his Fan-Art work below.

  1. Wonder Woman: Dominic Ozirien on line Art and Balox on Colours.9_wonderwoman
  2. Wolverines and X23: Dominic Ozirien on line Art and Balox on Colours.4_loganx
  3. Power Rangers: Dominic Ozirien on line Art and Balox on Colours.

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  4. Random Colours: By BaloxTINU
  5. Juli: Julia Ehana on line Art and Balox on Colours.3_juli
  6. Super Sons: Stanley “Stanch”Obende on line Art and Balox on Colours.8_Super sons

Wow!!! We told you he was a monster!

Catching up with Balox was blast!

When we asked Balox on the reason he bothers to create ART, his succinct response was

A: Honestly I do not have a definite answer to this question but if I have to give an answer, I’ll say it’s because i enjoy doing it. I love to see plain line art/inks brought to life with colors. There’s this feeling of heightened confidence/ satisfaction i get whenever i finish coloring a line art piece, it usually makes me eager to color another piece. 

We further queried him on why he created pieces of Fan-Art?

A: I love to color fan art. Though i can be a bit picky with the art style, i usually love clean lines with little or no shades so i have the freedom to do whatever i want. That is, pick the light direction, background style, etc.

As with all Masters in creating Comic Fan Art or Art in General, he dissected his mental process for those interested in a peek into the mind of an ART genius;

A: Whenever i get the line art, be it comic pages, posters, covers or fan arts, i usually open and read a comic book for inspiration. Then i look for recent books colored by Marte Gracia (Marvel) and Alejandro Sanchez (DC) and use them as reference. So far, these are my two favorite color artists. Their styles are unique. I reference other color artists like Etubi Onucheyo and Mohammed Agbadi both Nigerian and international maestros like Sanchez and Gracia. Once these phase is done, i go on ahead to color. Flats first and then detailing. Over the years, I’ve worked on my speed so i get to do more in less time.

Finally we pestered him on what ART was to him and he responded:

A:To me, art is both a hobby and a source of income. There are a lot of other things i can do  for income but I’d always pick art over most of those things. Basically, art is life. I’d always put art before anything else…  (Except for running (Overzealous Jogging) and fitness though lol).

What more can we say?!

Michael Balogun continues to be a source of inspiration all budding artists.

Please check out his art and his words, drop some kind words on this post for him, we will relate them to him!

Contact him via his email:

mikidusbalox@gmail.com

 

Let us know what you think!

Featured Artist: Ariel Viola believes ART gives him Freedom.

Ariel Viola is from the Philippines and he is a member of the Comics Meltdown Group. He works as an artist for a Living, doing commissions as freelancer . We caught up with him earlier this week to take a look at his art and ask him about his thoughts on art. After he sent us some of his work, Boy!! were we excited to feature him!

Check out his Art below:

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2.Simetra Final s

3.Nommo Final 1s

Well, we can only say one thing!, wow!!

Looking at the line art and colors, it is not far fetched to say that Ariel is a very talented artist.

Ariel said he loves drawing, creating and making Fan-Art or Art in general since, he believes that every line improves his art and gives him the freedom to develop himself and his craft.

Ariel is a multifaceted artist who uses both the traditional style/Hand Drawn Art or Graphic Art. He does admit however that he uses his graphic Tab & Computer most of the time, especially on his professional jobs. In his words, Art is everything to him, whatever he sees is a form of art that he feels he and everyone need to appreciate. Sagely words!!!

-Please find Ariel on social media at:

http://www.facebook.com/soa1991

http://www.facebook.com/avstudios19

-and on the web at:

http://www.deviantart.com/ayi19

http://www.scatteredcomicsstudios.com/artists-and-writers/ariel-viola-artistcolorist

Please let us know what you think of Ariel Viola and his art by dropping some kind words on this post

BREAKING!!:BETRAYAL AS GENERAL OF THE DC JIS DEFECTS, DECLARES LOYALTY TO MUJIS WITH PICTURE!!!

Alaba Onajin is a prolific writer,artist and all around great guy. He is also a well known lover and stout advocate of anything DC comics. His name “The Alabatman”is well deserved moniker. His charge during the great war of the Meltdown many years ago, his feats of courage are still whispered in fear in the great halls of the Mujis. His dislike for Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is well documented on the group.

That was until earlier this week.

The famed DC adherent was caught on camera taking pictures with Marvel’s Deadpool at an undisclosed location. His action portending his defection from the Comic Meltdown Forum, The DC Jis. Please note his smile in the attached picture showing how happy and elated he was to have initiated this abhorrent betrayal of his kin.

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The reactions of the DC Jis have ranged from disbelief to denial or straight out depression. At this moment, the fate of the DC Jis remains unknown since their general has decamped to evidently the better camp.

Alabatman has refused to comment on his action and could not be reached for any further comments. But, our resident Dr. Moore has sworn that there will be a reckoning. He swore to this on his upside down konoha headband.

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We will keep you updated as this is a developing situation.

By the Reporter that Strikes.

 

Review: RED OCTOBER by Sewedo Nupowaku is a Joy to behold!!

RED OCTOBER #1

Written by Sewedo Nupowaku, Seun Odukoya and Hannu Afere.

Line Art by Babajide Briggs Adebimpe

Colours by Toyin Adetumobi, Amadi Chigozie, Tarella Pablo, Michael Balogun, Jeffery Oyem and Waliu Edu

The Cover art by Babajide Briggs Adebimpe, Oladejo Kazeem and Babajide Olusanya


Sewedo Nupowaku is a long member and friend of the Comics Meltdown. He has always been known to endorse great comics and to rave on great art. When we heard last year that he was creating his own comic, we were aware it would not be anything but a masterpiece.

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Come June, 2018, he and his team on the Hyperdrive released Red October, a story of intrigue, history & action woven with African lore into a Nigerian Story. The comics sets a pretty high standard from the get go in its plotting and story sequence. Creating a scenery for a high level of intricate story telling, but guess what?. The comic completely completely pulls it off!!

Not to spoil the story, this story draws a nexus across the landscape of the history and political settings of Nigeria. Drawing the thin strings of African Lore and Tradition to tie this bundle together. The conversations and caption are glorious to read, making us understand that this great read was not a fluke. The writing by Sewedo Nupowaku, Seun Odukoya and Hannu Afere is a gift that keeps on giving.

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The Art of this book is great, and that is an understatement. The pages boast of crisp lines by Babajide Briggs Adebimpe, ultimately complemented by the supreme colours of Toyin Adetumobi, Amadi Chigozie, Tarella Pablo, Michael Balogun, Jeffery Oyem and Waliu Edu. Honestly, i would like to have what these guys are drinking in order to produce pages that leap out of their own book!!!

The Cover Art…wow. The Cover art by Babajide Briggs Adebimpe, Oladejo Kazeem and Babajide Olusanya completely syncs up with the story, properly foretelling the visual and storied feast that is about to happen when reading this book.

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This is simply put, a great book.

4.5 Stars out of Five

Please read the comic on the Hyperdrive: https://hyperdrive-files.herokuapp.com/trinity-issue-1

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Make sure to tell us what you think and drop a few words of encouragement for Sewedo and his Team!