Joshua has tried to sell some of his work to continue with self-publishing his own books. This is a small showcase of some of his past work. If you like what you see, contact him! (Contact info is in the previous post.)
Happy Friday! Today all eyes are turned to a friend from across the pond, Mr. Joshua Okoromodeke! Joshua is a 33-year-old African comic artist who resides in Lagos in Nigeria, West Africa. He works as a graphic artist and illustrator.
Q: How long have you been creating your own comics?
A: I have been drawing comics for the past 15 yrs
Q: Do you write, pencil, color, ink, and letter your own work?
A: Yes, I do all this.
Q: Do you have any other talents/hobbies outside of creating comics?
A: Yes I have other hobbies, such as singing and playing the jazz drums.
Q: I’m kind of ignorant to the world outside of America, but what is it like to be a comic creator in Africa?
A: Well, the comic industry is still very young and growing and we have to put in a lot of efforts into making it work here so as to compete with our international counterparts in areas of standards and quality.
Q: How are you marketing your books?
A: Well, after creating a lot of hype for it to create awareness for the product, by organizing road shows and printing of poster adverts placed in various parts of the city, my works are mostly distributed and marketed on news stands and book shops.
Q: Do you offer your services to anyone or do you already have a team of collaborators?
A: For now, I am offering my services to others with the hope of raising funds and continue publishing my comic books.
Q: What do you hope to achieve with your creative works?
A: The satisfaction of being able to contribute positively and meaningfully to the world through comics.
Q: Do you have any large plans for the future of your business?
A: Yes I do. To establish a comic / animation company in my country so as to boost the entertainment industry. Something that is really lacking here.
Joshua hails from a family of artists, inheriting the gifts of his father, who was more of a sketch artist, and later developing his own style of art in comics and cartoons.
He was introduced to comics at the age of 7, and ever since then, he has nurtured the desire to create his own comics using African Nigerian characters and story concepts. He never went to school to study art, but he always loved to draw, design and illustrate cartoons.
In June 2003, he partook in a comic exhibition in Brussels Belgium, tagged “Bubbles from Africa”, and he has worked with several art centers and news media houses in creating cartoon strips and other illustrations. He now has the resolve to go full time into self-publishing his own works. So far, in the year 2010, he managed to publish one of his own works titled " The African Myths" which received great acceptance, and even though the copies were limited due to little funding, it was a success.
Joshua Okoromodeke can be contacted through any methods below:
Home Address: 5 Osoro Street, Papa Ajao, Mushin. Lagos. Nigeria.
Mobile Phone: 234-8075368890
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
More art for the upcoming "Illicit Liberties" and it's in COLOR! Big thanks to Cem and Tiago once again. The book is already in the works and I'll continue to post updates on the progress of it. If you'd like to see more work by our colorist, Tiago Gales, please take a look at his website at http://tgalescolorist.wordpress.com/
I will be making updates to the "In A World of My Own Creations" page in the near future too with details on the upcoming "Missing Links" series I've been developing, and I will try to post more art from Cem and Tiago for "Illicit Liberties" as well. I have pretty expectations for my first comic (if you haven't already noticed), but the best is yet to come! The fruits of my labor simply keep producing new seeds of inspiration for me, so I'm planning to continue pushing on to see where "Illicit Liberties" goes first but I already have larger plans for the criminal heroes and some other characters. That's all I can say for now though.
It's finally here!! These are the gray-toned character sketches done by artist Cem Iroz for the my upcoming first comic book, Illicit Liberties. Colored sketches will be posted in the near future, but I thought a little eye candy to entice people was past due after all of my talk. I'd just like to thank Cem and his friend, Tiago, who will be coloring the comic, for their help in making this project, which was a simple idea I conceived and just scribbled straight off-hand, into a reality. We are hoping to see the book published within the year, but getting published is no easy task, especially for someone just breaking into the professional industry like myself, but I have faith that our team will make it through. In fact, Cem and Tiago have already had their own works published. One comic is "Justice for All" and another is called "Let the Hunt Begin". Check them out if you get a chance! In the meantime, I will be cranking out more stories and updates, and I hope to build a loyal fanbase so just stay with me on the journey and look out for more to come! Happy Monday!
It's been awhile since I've posted, but as always there are things I just had to get off of my mind. About a month ago, I had my Josiah Phoenix script reviewed by a freelance editor at the site called ComixTribe and I also posted a sample script to DigitalWebbing for feedback. The major thing that I noticed from the "feedback" on both sites was that there was more badgering over how other people thought MY story should be told rather than just what I needed to change for clarity in the script itself. One thing I hate most in a person is a myopic perspective, but it's understandable that in any field where you and your work are under public scutiny, whether you may be an entertainer or a politician, there will always be individuals like that itching to put their two cents in, believing that they can do your job better. I'm used to being misunderstood, I'm used to criticism, and I'm not perfect, so I'm open to suggestions, but I don't like being told what to do, especially when it comes to my creative endeavors (I'm just stubborn like that, I guess). They say that friends and family aren't always the best critics, simply because they care about your feelings, but I feel that complete strangers aren't always the best critics either since they have nothing to gain by aiding you (even though there are some who come along once in awhile who are willing to drop a valuable dime into your bucket of knowledge). I did find an article though that really summarized everything that I really thought from a more established writer who goes by the name of Julie Gray.
This article is fairly old, but it put me at ease and I felt it was worth sharing for all other creative minds out there. Naturally, a creator has to have a thick skin, but that doesn't mean that we have to take hits from every person with an opinion who feels like throwing daggers. So, I'm planning to start building a personal network for myself to gain more useful feedback and it would be beneficial for others wanting to grow to do the same. People may try to cut your legs out from under you, but you've still got to just keep it moving! Until next time!
SN: Another article to checkout by screenplay writer, Chuck Mondry ttp://www.scriptfrenzy.org/node/3595211
Marcus E. T.
I am a writer, a creator, and just a little bit of everything good in the world wrapped into a chocolate-covered, human-sized package for your convenience!