E.X.O. | Test Animation (Graphic Novel Trailer)
E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams Part One is a superhero story about redemption set in a futuristic 2025 Africa! E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams will be the first volume in the E.X.O. series of books, with The Legend of Wale Williams split into two parts. Part one will be a 136-page book and is available for Order! Follow this link to buy today. These are very humble beginnings for us, but our vision is far grander. Our goal is to release two more books about E.X.O., completing the trilogy. We hope that the eventual success of these products can be used as impetus to introduce more of our diverse and eclectic superhero stories (comics & animation).
E.X.O. Graphic Novel | The Story
Tricked into returning home to Nigeria after being absent for five years, Wale (pronounced Wah-leh) Williams embarks on a journey to investigate his father’s mysterious disappearance. Wale’s father, Dr. Williams, was a brilliant engineer and inventor who worked for a dubious organization called PryTeK, a global leader in technology and innovation. When Wale returns, he finds a city and country he barely recognizes; cycles of governments have passed over the years, and while the now affluent city thrives, a whole population of poverty-stricken citizens are being ignored and imperiled. Over the years, corruption within the government, corruption that seemed to have been eradicated, has simply, evolved.
Left behind for Wale is a cryptic Nanosuit which grants superhuman abilities. Initially, Wale does not embrace the suit or the idea that he could be a “hero,” but his journey takes him through a crucible of events that prepare him, and he slowly begins to realize he needs the suit’s powers to unravel the mystery behind his father’s disappearance and save the city from grave danger. That danger comes in the form of the CREED, a radical organization led by Oniku, an extremely intelligent, calculated and sociopathic extremist. Motivated by his desire to eradicate what he calls a “weak and myopic government,” Oniku embarks on a campaign to incite an insurrection by launching strategic attacks that lead to high civilian casualties, bringing Lagoon City to the brink of civil war. On Wale’s long and grueling voyage to stop the CREED, a hero is born. That hero is EXO.
Quick Fact: E.X.O. stands for Endogenic Xoskeletal Ordnance and refers to the suit Wale Williams wears(example usage: ”The E.X.O. suit grants superhuman abilities”). However, it is different from “EXO” (no periods) which is the moniker for Wale’s superhero alter ego. “EXO” example usage: ”EXO is the hero Lagoon City has always needed.”
Below is a test page from the E.X.O. graphic novel.
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E.X.O. Graphic Novel| The Setting
The E.X.O. graphic novel is set in a fictional Nigerian location named Lagoon City, modeled after Lagos Island, Nigeria. The year is 2025 and amidst a current economic boom, Lagoon City, Nigeria provides the perfect environment for the characters to mesh in. High-rise buildings, Afro hip-hop, buzzing streets, and compelling citizens provide a distinctive way to unravel a superhero plot. Emerging from this medley is a Nigerian/African born hero, the first of his kind. These characteristics provide the perfect backdrop to tell a unique story. One of the main goals of picking such a setting, is to challenge the way Africa as a whole has been represented in the media outside the continent.
E.X.O. | The Author
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 many prestigious recognition’s such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans of 2016.
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!
Samples of his work can be seen here: