11 different stories narrated as short comics each consisting of only one page, this is the concept behind – The ‘One Page Comic Collection’. Easy to digest, but each one leaving you wanting to read the next, so much so you can go through the entire collection in just one sitting. Despite the short length of each story they are surprisingly captivating exploring a range of themes and concepts, a must for any avid comic book lover or just anyone looking for good short stories. Available on Amazon or if you’re lucky, you could purchase a signed copy in person as I did.
Written and illustrated by a UK duo, the storylines have been birthed by writer Emmanuel Adelekun who has been writing since an early age and commands a very diverse range of writing styles from poetry to screenplays, also a film-maker he has a couple of short film productions under his belt. Perhaps the variety in his narratives can be explained by his eclectic lifestyle which combines his love for bboying and martial arts, both of which he has studied and been an active participate for several years, which has also in turn lead him to travel the world and open his mind to all it entails. Typically Emmanuel is drawn to exploring adventurous stories which touch on personal growth and development, so you are sure to expect a deeper hidden meaning within these pages.
In this information age attention spans are short, and I remember Emmanuel and myself having a conversation about the effectiveness of keeping pieces of writing short and concise for the reader, and these do exactly that to deliver diverse and punchy thought provoking tales.
Bringing his stories to life is talented illustrator – Shangomola Edunjobi. Drawing for many years he won first prize in the London Graphic Novel Network A3 competition in 2014 and 2017 Manga Jiman comic competition. His career in comic book illustration was launched interesting enough with his one page A3 comic winner entitled ‘Scarlet’ which is also included in this collection as a bonus. The One Page Comic Collection sees a development of the concept that started with Scarlett. The illustrations are fresh with vivid colors which only lead to sparking the imagination further. Shangomola’s signature style also comes in the form of inclusive ethnic diversity in his comics, which is actually quite refreshing.
Both artists work very well together, exploring a range of imaginative ideas involving warriors to superheroes. I appreciated the somewhat dark twists! And look forward to seeing what the future brings in terms of their collaboration.
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