The largest publisher of independent comic books in Africa has signed a production deal with Emagine Content and JackiBoy Entertainment to adapt their works of African superheroes for the big screen. Comic Republic publishes titles like Ireti, the story of a university student in Ibadan, Nigeria with superpowers, Aje, a fantasy work inspired by Yoruba spirituality and mysticism, and The Vanguards, which follows a similar Avengers-style team of superheroes. Most of the publisher’s titles are rooted in African mythology, folktales, and culture.
According to Hollywood Reporter, CEO Jide Martin of Comic Republic says, “We are thrilled to be working with Emagine Content and Jackie Boy to bring our heroes and stories to the big screen but mostly because we get the chance to be a part of black history.”
The first project under wraps at the moment is a feature film adaptation of Ireti, which the companies dub as “the first African female superhero.”
Eimagine CEO Ben Phelps also says, “This deal is a major push towards diversity on the silver screen for black superheroes. The time is now to showcase heroes of all different backgrounds…The ability to create role models for future generations to come is a unique opportunity that comes with an important responsibility to make sure the storytelling is authentic. For us, finding a partnership that is looking to be a disruptive force with good morals is everything.”
The new agreement with Emagine also builds on the cooperation announced earlier this year between Comic Republic and JackieBoy, a Maryland-based entertainment group set up by music executive John Tillery. The bridge between these three companies will surely connect the voices of African stories and creatives from comic book culture and transition them to bigger platforms to reach more audiences. Stay tuned for more news!