Writer and creative director Roye Okupe launches his third graphic novel Malika: Warrior Queen Part One, narrating the story of a pre-colonial African Queen & Military Commander.ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 7, 2016 — (PRNewswire) —
ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- YouNeek Studios, the Maryland based transmedia company, is proud to bring the graphic novel, Malika: Warrior Queen Part One to their fans. Malika will be a two part series, with part one (a 150-page book), due to be released Spring 2017. In the meantime, to launch the Malika Kickstarter, YouNeek Studios has released the first 20 pages (Chapter One) FREE. For more info on how to access the free comic follow this link.
Coming off the hit graphic novel E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams (Parts One & Two) which was featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post and more, Malika promises to take things to another level!
Set in fifteenth century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen Part One follows the exploits of Queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of ways, splitting the kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council and Azzaz has grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: The Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attentions to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.
"Most people who know me know I have a HUGE passion for creating stories based on African characters. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and growing up I was obsessed with video games, animation and superheroes. We basically had none of those based on Nigerian characters so I decided to do something about it when I had the chance. August 2015 I released my first graphic novel, the 136 page E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams Part One and followed up with Part Two August 2016. Having said that, working on Malika has been one of the most fun times of my life! I truly believe its success will eclipse that of E.X.O. in many ways."
About the creator:
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor's and Master's in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. These productions have allowed Roye to attain much prestigious recognition such as being #5 on Ventures Africa's list of 40 African innovators to watch.
With the superhero genre currently at the height of popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of heroes, with origins from locations that are currently neglected and/or ignored. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, NBC, The Guardian, ABC7, BBC, The Huffington Post, Mashabe and more!
To learn more about Malika and read the first chapter FREE, go to: http://youneekstudios.com/preview/malika-preview.pdf. To support us on Kickstarter, follow this link.
Media Contact: Roye Okupe, YouNeek Studios, 2404326214, Email Contact
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