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1. COMIC REPUBLIC (TOP TEN NIGERIAN COMIC PUBLISHERS)

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Well, I’m sure that it comes as no surprise (to those in the know) that Comic Republic is number one in the Editor’s choice for the Top Ten Nigerian publishing companies. All you have to do is take a look at their website here and you kind of get why they’re at the top of the list. As comic book companies go, the Republic boasts a host of talented artists, colorists and a host of titles, ranging from African superhero to the supernatural, unlike any other in Nigeria.

Comic Republic is a Nigerian-based comic publishing company spearheaded by Jide Martin, who is also an artist himself and lends his art to the company flagship title Guardian Prime, which if memory serves, was co-created by the writer currently writing the title, Wale Awelenje.  With other titles like Hero Generation, Avonome, Beatz, Eru, Visionary, Ireti and newer titles like The Spear and Amadioha it’s a safe bet that Comic Republic will more than a enough content to offer the avid comic reader for some time to come.

The rankings for the top ten is based on several things, first of all (and the most important criteria) being the amount of work the company has done, especially when it comes to the number of comic books they’ve actually published and the amount of marketing they’ve done pushing their brand and as such, I don’t think anyone in Nigeria has done as much work as Comic Republic. That being said, there’s a lot more to it than that and as a company, and in respects to marketing and presentation, they’ve also excelled in this regard and continue to push the envelope when it comes to spreading awareness of their numerous titles to Nigerians and the wider world.

To make an even more compelling argument for the company’s pole position in the rankings, there is also the fact that all the comics they have on their site are free to read or download. And who doesn’t love free stuff.

So, I have already mentioned the comics are free and that has to be a huge plus, especially in a country where convincing people to actually buy your comics has proven to be more than a little daunting. However, that’s not all the Republic have to offer. To put it simply, the art for almost all their titles is top-notch and their presentation of their work, characters and the company itself has been stellar. There’s a lot to read at the Republic. Boasting over 8 titles with an average of about three issues per title means there’s more than enough content to sink your teeth into. And with Top Nigerian comic creators and artists like Stanley Obende (Artist), Tobe Ezeogu (Artist), Micheal Balogun (Colorist), Jide Martin (Artist), Wale Awelenje (Writer), Xavier Ighorodje (Writer), Akintoba Kalejaye (Writer) and a few other talents, there’s more than enough creativity to go around.

However, I do have one problem with the Comic Republic titles (which I guess isn’t a problem if you’re one of those people who reads comics simply for the action and cool costumes) and that is that quite a lot of the stories in their comics tend to leave you wanting something a little extra in the story department. When I first started reading the Comic Republic titles there was a lot of action with very little character development and it some times felt like I had stepped right into the middle of a much larger story and needed to catch up. There was a lot we didn’t know and a lot we wanted to know about these characters and even when this was explained, it still left us wondering who these characters really were. 

But fear not, on the upside, I recently noticed that this is something the people over at the Republic are beginning to pay a lot more attention to. Titles like the new Guardian Prime (Genesis), Visionary  and Avonome (which was always pretty good anyways) and a number of other issues along with newer titles like The Spear and Amadohia seem to be delving more and more into building the story of their characters rather than just dropping us somewhere in the middle of a fight and expecting us to figure out what’s going.

All in all, Comic Republic is undoubtedly the number one comic company in Nigeria and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

You can check out the numerous titles they have on display by checking out their awesome website here: comicrepublic.com.ng  or follow them on twitter @comicrepublicng

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