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10 African Comics for Children to Discover

10 African Comics for Children to Discover

Do you read comic books? Comic books are perfect for all kinds of readers as they can be easier to read than regular books. Comics are particularly engaging for children who do not have a huge interest in reading.

For those young minds yearning for exciting stories and vibrant visuals, comics provide a captivating gateway into the world of literature. This week, we've set our sights on a particular genre that not only thrills but also introduces young readers to African culture and storytelling.

So, grab your capes, masks, or just a comfortable spot to sit because we're about to dive into the dynamic realm of African comic books. These aren't your everyday comics; they're windows into diverse worlds and imaginative narratives that will have kids and adults alike flipping through their pages with enthusiasm.

In this exploration of African comics, we'll unearth tales of heroes, legends, and everyday adventures that resonate with readers of all ages. Whether you're a seasoned comic enthusiast or just looking to kindle a love for reading in your child, these African comic books have something special in store for you.

But our journey doesn't end here. If you're interested in empowering children through literature, don't miss our blog posts on empowering African children's books for boys and girls. And if you want to discover the voices shaping African literature, check out our spotlight on African children's book authors you should know. Plus, for a deeper dive into children's books dedicated to African history and culture.

Without further ado, let's embark on an adventure like no other. Join us as we uncover the magic of African comic books, where imagination knows no bounds!


Akissi: Tales of Mischief

Poor Akissi! The neighborhood cats are trying to steal her fish, her little monkey Boubou almost ends up in a frying pan, and she's nothing but a pest to her older brother Fofana. But Akissi is a true adventurer, and nothing scares her away from hilarious escapades in her modern African city.

Jump into the laugh-out-loud misadadventures of Akissi in these girls-will-be-girls comics, based on author Margeurite Abouet's childhood on the Ivory Coast.

Recommended Age: 8 - 12 years

Aya of Yop City

The original Drawn & Quarterly volume of Aya debuted last year to much critical acclaim, receiving a Quill Award nomination and praise for its accessibility and for the rare portrait of a warm, vibrant Africa it presents. This continuation of the dynamic story by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie returns to Africa’s Ivory Coast in the late 1970s, where life in Yop City is as dramatic as ever. Oubrerie’s artwork synchronizes perfectly with Abouet’s funny and lighthearted writing, which together create a spirited atmosphere and scenarios that, however unique to the bygone setting, remain entirely contemporary in their effect.

The original cast of characters is back in full force, with a case of questionable paternity fanning the flames of activity in the community. The new mother Adjoua has her friends to help with the baby, perhaps employing Aya a bit too frequently, while a new romance leaves Bintou with little time for her friends, let alone their responsibilities. The young women aren’t the only residents of Yopougon involved in the excitement, however; Aya’s father is caught in the midst of his own trysts and his employer’s declining Solibra beer sales, and Adjoua’s brother finds his share of the city’s nightlife.

Recommended Age: All Ages

Karmzah - The Unleashing

Recommended Age: 8 - 15 years


Lake of Tears

Malika: Warrior Queen

Marwe: Into the Land of the Dead

Princess Princess Ever After



What other comics would you add to our list?

Idia of the Benin Kingdom


Imhotep of Ancient Kemet


Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba


Sunjata of the Mande Empire


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