REVIEW | ONE PAGE COMIC COLLECTION BY EMMANUEL ADELEKUN (AUTHOR), SHANGOMOLA EDUNJOBI (ILLUSTRATOR)

OPC111 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.

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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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Faizah Cyanide

Faizah Cyanide

Faizah works in clin­ic­al research by pro­fes­sion and has been an avid Hip Hop lov­er since the early 90’s, hav­ing cre­ated her own Hip Hop event, ‘Break­in’ Bound­ar­ies’ in the early 2000’s which was pre­dom­in­antly based around the con­cept of bboy battles, she has worked with sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al events pro­moters and dan­cers to inspire oth­ers through this art­form.

About Faizah Cyanide

Faizah Cyanide
Faizah works in clinical research by profession and has been an avid Hip Hop lover since the early 90's, having created her own Hip Hop event, 'Breakin' Boundaries' in the early 2000's which was predominantly based around the concept of bboy battles, she has worked with several international events promoters and dancers to inspire others through this artform.