Niuma’s Tale: Comic chronicles the story of West African superheroine with albinism

The back story of video game character, Niuma – the first superheroine with Albinism from West Africa – is the subject of a new comic book, Blind Frontier: Niuma’s Tale. The story follows the adventures of Niuma and her struggles with nystagmus, involuntary movement of the eyes. Like all children in Wadis City, Niuma dreams of exploring the outside world. Her disability excludes her from the … Continue reading Niuma’s Tale: Comic chronicles the story of West African superheroine with albinism

Comicgen tool helping storytellers to become comic strip creators

Comicgen is a tool that makes it possible for storytellers to get their message across using comicstrip format. Developed by Gramener, Comicgen is a comic creator that adds comic characters whose characteristics such as expression, pose, and angle can be controlled by data. Comicgen aims to make storytelling with comics easy for everyone, including non-designers, non-programmers, and non-storytellers. The comic characters from Comicgen’s growing database … Continue reading Comicgen tool helping storytellers to become comic strip creators

7Sketches: Hawaiian artist Derick Fabian “just goes for it” after years attempting to combine art with “something sensible”

Artist Derick Fabian creates character designs inspired by graffiti art, anime, and Sanrio such as Hello Kitty. Everything from “simple and cute to the more detailed and cool style”, the Hawai’i-based artist is not afraid to follow through on what he is intuitively guided. The 7Sketches founder says: “I illustrate characters. From simple and cute to the more detailed and cool style. I design original … Continue reading 7Sketches: Hawaiian artist Derick Fabian “just goes for it” after years attempting to combine art with “something sensible”

All-female Kwento Comics aim to inspire young women with Filipina heroine in graphic novel series

Kwento Comics, an all-female comic book company focused on Southeast Asian stories, has launched its first graphic novel inspired by Philippine mythology, The Mask of Haliya. The Mask of Haliya is a young adult urban fantasy that follows the journey of a troubled Filipina-American teen who discovers a mysterious mask at her great-grandmother’s wake. The story covers topics including mental health, intergenerational trauma, and corruption. The … Continue reading All-female Kwento Comics aim to inspire young women with Filipina heroine in graphic novel series

Studio Ghibli release 400 still images from eight of its movies to download for free

Studio Ghibli have released 400 still images from eight of its movies to the public, available to download free of charge. Studio Ghibli fans can now freely download 400 images from eight of the studio’s movies including Ponyo, Spirited Away, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The special archive was released with a personal note from Ghibli producer, Toshio Suzuki, who wrote: “Please use them freely within the scope … Continue reading Studio Ghibli release 400 still images from eight of its movies to download for free

Kugali: Comic books by African creators “pay homage to the past, embrace the present and imagine the future”

Kugali is providing readers worldwide with a taste of African storytelling – from mythology through to urban fantasy – by giving it the comic book treatment. The London-based entertainment company specialises in telling stories inspired by African culture through comic books, art and augmented reality. Kugali showcases artists and writers from across Africa and brings their work to a worldwise audience. The stories explore a … Continue reading Kugali: Comic books by African creators “pay homage to the past, embrace the present and imagine the future”

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, Anthology Celebrating the Indigenous heroes of the Marvel Universe — LRInspire

New York, NY — August 19, 2020 — This November, Marvel celebrates Indigenous history with a landmark special, MARVEL’S VOICES: INDIGENOUS VOICES #1, written and drawn by some of the industry’s most renowned Indigenous talent along with talents making their Marvel Comics debut! Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, Anthology Celebrating the Indigenous heroes of the Marvel Universe — LRInspire Continue reading Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, Anthology Celebrating the Indigenous heroes of the Marvel Universe — LRInspire

Insider Art relief fund campaign launches to aid female comic book retailers

A new relief fund campaign to aid female comic book retailers impacted by COVID-19 has launched. Female comic book retailers and creatives have joined forces to create the Insider Art project, which will be raising money for the Female & Non-Binary Comic Book Retailer Relief Fund by publishing a digital comics anthology, launching a fabric, and through auctions of exclusive artwork, signed prints and various … Continue reading Insider Art relief fund campaign launches to aid female comic book retailers

Thylacine: First indigenous Australian superhero is the latest recruit to DC Comics’ Suicide Squad

The first Indigenous Australian superhero – a Ngarluma woman from the Pilbara known as Thylacine – is the latest character to become part of the DC Comics’ universe. Thylacine, a deadly Ngarluma hunter from the Pilbara, appears as the newest recruit to DC’s super-villain team, Suicide Squad. The Aboriginal superhero boasts night vision, heightened senses, lethal combat skills, Batman-like stealth, and a steely suffer-no-fools gaze. … Continue reading Thylacine: First indigenous Australian superhero is the latest recruit to DC Comics’ Suicide Squad

10 Years With Hayao Miyazaki: Four-part documentary chronicling the Japanese animator’s creative process available to stream for free

Fans of Studio Ghibli and its celebrated co-founder and animator Hayao Miyazaki can watch a four-part documentary series chronicling the creative process of the legendary Japanese filmmaker, which Japanese broadcaster NHK has made available online for free. The documentary series, 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki, chronicles Hayao Miyazaki’s work on projects such as Ponyo, The Wind Rises, and From Up on Poppy Hill, which he worked on with his … Continue reading 10 Years With Hayao Miyazaki: Four-part documentary chronicling the Japanese animator’s creative process available to stream for free