On Saturday, the 16th of September in Lagos, Nigeria, it’s the 2017 Lagos Comic-Con. Starting way back from 2012, the numbers of guests continue to grow, and this year’s has about 5,000 attendees expected. That’s a far cry from the reported 300 who attended the very first one.

Also, year’s show will see the launch of the Fist Awards handed out to deserving winners in various categories. For one of the categories, for Best International Comic, recognition will come for best usage of characters/stories based on persons of African descent. Three American comic-books bagged nominations, including:

Motor Crush Vol.1 TPB (June 2017) By Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Aditya Bidikar, published by Image Comics.

Noble #1 (May 2017) By Brandon Thomas, Roger Robinson, Juan Fernandez, and Saida Temofonte, published by Catalyst Prime/Lionforge.

Power Man and Iron Fist #11 (February 2017) By David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, Lee Loughridge, and Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics.

Two of these three nominated books got glowing reviews from this site, and it’s quite safe to say they are all worthy of accolades.

Nigerian comic-book creator Ayodele Elegba founded the Lagos Comic-Con, reportedly emptying his savings account to fund the first show.

By Justina Terhember