Published on June 20th, 2018 | by Tosin Fadaka0
The Lagos Comic Con And What To Expect
Would you believe the Lagos comic con is an event that has been held consecutively right
under our noses for seven years at different locations all around Lagos. This event is an
annual carnival Style that brings together the creative industry comprising of Comics,
Animation, Gaming, Films and VR, Roughly this event is a Paradise for every "Otaku" and
"geeks" living in Nigeria. It also involves talk sessions and panel sessions on relevant topics
from topical issues in comic making to fund raising opportunities for creative entrepreneurs.
Over the years attendees have risen, and to think the first edition in 2012 had only 300
What makes LCC stand out from other events is the raw energy and excitement in the air
during the event. All corners are bustling with the thrill. Lagos Comic Con is a geek Mecca
for geeks just like you see in America at the San-Diego Comic Con. Over the years, LCC has
driven growth and quality output in content in the creative industry. This is because of the
networking platform it presents where creators get to meet others who are doing amazing
things. Artists get to see what others are doing and go away challenged to step up their game.
The Lagos Comic con offers a gaming hall filled with a diversity of games. So many gaming
competitions are happening in diverse genres of games which basically means we get to
expect more than “FIFA” and “Pes”, I mean imagine having to whoop your friends in games
like "Street fighter", "Mortal Kombat" etc. It also offers an Exhibition hall for comics and
other creative products where you can get to sample and buy new issues of comics made in
Nigeria and also other notable mentions like "Marvel comics" and "Dc comics". Other
Businesses also exhibit their services so "item 7" is guaranteed as you get a wide variety.
There is an active main stage where musical performances, drama performances and so many
more occur in which the best part is the cosplay where individuals get to dress up like their
favorite fictional character and enter a competition to show whose character was well depicted for a cash price of one hundred and fifty thousand naira, roughly the equivalent of
500$ which was clinched by a fan cosplaying as a character from Assassin’s Creed, I mean
imagine what you would do with 500$ right now. It also offers a KidZone for the children
where creative workshops, films and games are made available.
Last year’s con saw additional focus on the business end of things, with panels advising
creators on the need to make money from their craft. Major publishers, creators and studios
were present, like Comic Republic, Vortex, YouNeek Studios, Peda Comics, Epoch Comics,
Spoof! Animation, and more. New books were also announced, and some debuted at the con,
as did the trade paperback of Kickstarter smash Newborn, which sold out quickly. It also saw
the just-debuted Fist Awards, which rewarded the best comics produced in 2017. They were
handed out for a variety of categories like Best Artist (Martin Okonkwo for his work on
‘Aegis’ #3 from Epoch Comics), Best Writer (John Nova for ‘Aegis’, too), and more. There
also was introduced, the category for Best International Comic, which rewards the best usage
of characters/stories based on persons of African descent. The judges selected Noble #1 from
Catalyst Prime/Lionforge. The other two, both American comic books, are Motor Crush
Vol.1 TPB (June 2017) By Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Aditya
Bidikar, published by Image Comics, and Power Man and Iron Fist #11 (February 2017) By
David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, Lee Loughridge, and Clayton Cowles, published by
Marvel Comics. We expect to see more this September as Elegba, founder of the Lagos
Comic con, ended everything last year by declaring that the planning for this year began that
day, 16 th of September 2017.
The Lagos Comic con 2018 is slated to hold on september 15 2018 at Landmark Event Center, Oniru, Lagos.