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Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Read more about the creators and the characters
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic


Good looking out yagazieemezi:

Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Read more about the creators and the characters
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic


Good looking out yagazieemezi:

Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Read more about the creators and the characters
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic


Good looking out yagazieemezi:

Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Read more about the creators and the characters
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic


Good looking out yagazieemezi:

Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Read more about the creators and the characters
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic


Good looking out yagazieemezi:

Spider Stories: An African Animation
Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Read more about the creators and the characters
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic


Good looking out

yagazieemezi:

Spider Stories: An African Animation

Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.

“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje

Read more about the creators and the characters

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

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dynamicafrica:

#EarthDay: A man rows through Kongou Falls in Ivindo National Park, Gabon

old old original design for the spider spirit … he’s evolved considerably since then. circa 2008 by my younger brother. #tbt

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Shadows

The Hawks got away but they had to report what they had seen to their leader. Their general took the news of the princess’s return as an interesting challenge. His king the standing ruler of the Alliance was not so amused. He wanted an end to Zahara. This is only my story that I have related to you, if it be sweet or be it not sweet, take some elsewhere and bring some back to me.

Mysterious man plots evil against our heroes in his mysterious quarters. What better way to end an action cartoon. Or the Avengers. The scene is a mix of elephant steel green and hawk purple. Inadvertently before we came up with the color language we’d already decided the elephant tribes color would be green. Little did we know how well it would fall into place with things like the initially forest and the later marsh. He appears to be a good guy on the surface as the new king of the alliance, but his secret pact with the Hawks makes him evil. Green = more than meets the eye: check.

I like the elegance of this shot. It’s cold and industrial, the opposite of the hero’s caravan, warm and industrious. We’re on a collision course as the season unfolds.

Family

Could this be true? The Zahara that we know so well had become a great hero. The people in the caravan could hardly believe their eyes. The princess has returned and she had been with them all along. Musi leaps into Zahara’s arms, just happy to have her friend back. Smoke still billowed from the Hawk’s flames and the road to recovery would be long and hard, but seeing Zahara standing tall with the sun behind her gave the people hope. She was their princess.

Team good guys in a feel good shot. It kinds speaks for itself.

Dismissed

“Go tell whoever sent you, the Lions rise again.” The Hawks are defeated as the sun begins to crest. Yeah I think we know who won here.

The key captures the smallness of the Hawks compared to Zahara. They’ve got more than they bargained for and came unprepared. Here the colors begin to revert back to where we started. The warm hues of the caravan, cool blue of the sky. The Hawk purple shrunken and diminished.