LETI ARTS 2.1

leti-revamps

After months of hard work between our Kenya and Ghana team, we are really excited to unveil our new branding and website today. Leti Arts has undergone a total brand makeover to reflect its current position as a successful game development studio in Africa. This rebranding was spearheaded by our Creative Director Jake Manion with input from the rest of the team. Even though it had become necessary for us to rebrand, it was really important that we retained our established values and goals but at the same time develop a new identity that was very relatable. This exercise is also to communicate our growth level in the rapidly changing game development scene in Africa.

WHAT’S NEW?

LOGO ELEMENTS

The first thing you notice that both our logo and colours have changed from yellow, white and black to orange, white and black. It also comes in red and grey. The “A” in arts has also changed significantly. It is now shaped like a rocket that is launching. This reflects our position as the guiding light in the game development and entertainment ecosystem in Africa. The launching rocket is also there to show that Africa is taking control and settling into its rightful place in the global technology space.

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 NEW LOGO

 

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NEW WEBSITE

Our website http://www.letiarts.com also got an upgrade. We’ve improved the structure of our content, so you’ll get more of a quick read. There’s a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make your experience of the site much better. It comes with quite a number of surprises. You get to have a sneak peek into our new game Africa’s Legend (AL) Reawakening which is the phase two of our existing Africa’s Legends game. This game is based on characters from our history, folklore, culture and heritage. AL Reawakening introduces new characters into the AL Universe with a captivating storyline. We have included a production diary so you can join us on this exciting adventure as we make the best game to ever come out of an African game studio. It gets even better!!! You can be one of the first to know when AL Reawakening goes live. Simply sign up here.

 SCREENSHOT OF OLD WEBSITE

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SCREENSHOT OF NEW WEBSITE

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SNEAK PEEK OF AL-REAWAKENING

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We hope you like the new makeover. We look forward to getting your feedback.

Ananse becomes first indigenous African Superhero to join the Legends on ComiXology

PRESS RELEASE

Ananse: The Origin available on IOS, Android, Kindle Fire & Windows 8 via comiXology

 Accra, Ghana – April 17, 2015:  Leti Arts, an interactive media studio with offices in Ghana and Kenya, this month released the pilot issue of the Ananse: The Origin on comiXology. This catapults the African superhero, Ananse, to the ranks of comic legends such as Batman, Spiderman and Superman.

Ananse: The Origin is one of the first African published comics to be featured on comiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary that has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry. Comixology provides a cloud-based digital comics platform that simplifies discovering, buying, and reading comics and offers one of the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers and independent creators.

Ananse: The Origin #1 is the pilot issue from The True Ananse series which features Kweku Ananse the African folklore character from Ghana known for his skill of trickery and cunning. Leti Arts reimagines the story of Ananse as a superhero fighting crime in present day Africa. In the pilot issue, Ananse, the spider god, seeks prominence in the Sky Kingdom to ultimately become the God of wisdom.

The True Ananse is part of the Leti Arts’ Africa’s Legends franchise which intersperses popular African folklore and historical legends with fictional characters, as an elite group of superheroes and is available as digital comics and video games.

“ Merging the past with the present in a format that is exciting and compelling encourages audiences to be genuinely excited about African history and culture. Ananse: The Origin on comiXology is a major accomplishment for us and introduces one of the first true African superheroes to comic fans around the world. A bonus is the Guided View technology of comiXology, which is fits our vision to enrich the reading experience around our comics.
 Eyram Tawia (CEO, Leti Arts)

Find Ananse: The Origin (http://bit.ly/1NjatfE) on IOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 via the comiXology apps on these platforms.

About Leti Arts

Leti Arts develops cross-platform interactive media products based on African history and folklore, including digital comics and mobile games. As one of a handful of interactive media studios in sub-Saharan Africa, Leti introduces global audiences to African storytelling.

Leti Arts is listed as #5 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2015, an MTV Africa Transform Today 2014 Nominee and a Google Ghana Innovation Hero Winner.

Leti Arts has offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya, and was founded by Eyram Tawia and Wesley Kirinya.

Visit us on http://www.letiarts.comFacebook, Twitter and Google+

About Africa’s Legends

Africa’s Legends is a superhero franchise from Leti Arts influenced by folklore and historic legends from across Africa.  In  Africa’ s Legends, Leti Arts  reimagines African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as elite superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa.

Follow Africa’s Legends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

About Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator program provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.

To date, the MEST Incubator has invested in over 15 companies and backed more than 35 co-founders. Our focus is on companies in the following areas: SaaS, Consumer Internet, eCommerce, Digital Media, and Healthcare IT.

More on MEST: http://meltwater.org/Facebook, Twitter

CONTACT
Nana Kwabena Owusu
(+233) 020 121 5655
kobby@letiarts.com

Africa's Legends: Intel + Leti Arts

Introducing Africa’s Elite Superhero Team

Africa’s Legends is our superhero series influenced by folklore and historic legends from across Africa. In Africa’s Legends, we reimagine African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as elite superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa.

” We are connected by a common destiny.
To rid Africa of the scourge of crime perpetuated by those for whom chaos creates wealth and power.
Together we battle crime in Africa.
We are Africa’s elite superheroes.
We are Africa’s Legends….”

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This series is the umbrella series from which The True Ananse, the series depicting Kweku Ananse, god of Wisdom as a superhero in modern Ghana was spawned. There is no doubt Africa’s Legends is heavily influenced by African folklore and stories. However we also allowed for creative freedom for our team to indulge themselves and create superheroes, we would all love.

This means occasionally we get questions about having tight panted, Western style superheroes in the Africa’s Legends team. We understand but disagree with the sentiment that the African theme should trump all other creative freedoms. We prefer the diversity. We loved the challenge of figuring out the balance to arrive at our current team of African elite superheroes.

Africa’s Legends come from all over Africa and include, Ananse from Ghana, Pharaoh from Egypt, Shaka from South Africa, Wuzu the Masai and other team members. The Africa’s Legends team has backgrounds as varied and complex as you can find in real life teams and superheroes or not, there will sometimes be conflict.

We will love unveiling all the team members to you over the next few weeks. Of course, the reveal will include the villains and their minions.

Avengers, Justice League! Justice League, Avengers! This must be the thought running through your mind as you read this (unless you are not a superhero fanboy). Yes, Africa’s Legends is our Avengers and Justice League of African superheroes. Did we have to do an Avengers or Justice League! Yes, most definitely. No superhero takes on evil all alone, even though they would never admit it openly.

Our vision with Africa’s Legends is to take Africa’s stories to the world through superhero franchises. We want African and global audiences to enjoy African superheroes, just as much as we enjoy Western superheroes.

We cannot mention Africa’s Legends without mentioning our partners Intel, who are helping bring Africa’s Legends alive! The universe of Africa’s Legends is just beginning and who knows, you might craft the story for the greatest of the Africa’s Legends.

Come join us in this adventure!! Follow Africa’s Legends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Africa’s Legends is currently available for Android. It is available as a FREE download from the Google Play Store.

Google Play: Leti Center

Google Play: Leti Center

Leti Center: Windows Phone / Nokia Ovi

The True Ananse: Now Available on Nokia Store and Windows Phone Store

PRESS RELEASE

Leti Arts Releases Ananse Superhero Comic on Windows Phone Store and Nokia Store through Leti Center

ACCRA, GHANA. November 01, 2013

Leti Arts, one of Africa’s first interactive media studios, which makes digital comics and mobile games for multiple platforms, announced the release of their mobile app, Leti Center on the Windows Phone Store and Nokia store.

The Leti Center is a FREE cross-platform mobile app through which Leti Arts delivers digital comics and mobile games to consumers. Availability on the Nokia Store and the Windows Phone Store was promised as part of the initial release of the app on Android and generic Java devices on October 18.

The Leti Center comes pre-installed with Ananse: The Origin, the pilot issue of the comic for their superhero series, The True Ananse. The True Ananse, is a Leti Arts digital comic and mobile game series influenced by the African folklore character from Ghana, Kweku Ananse, a character of trickery and cunning.

Leti Arts reimagines the story of Ananse with a unique twist depicting Ananse as a superhero in modern times. The pilot issue available on the Leti Center, is the first issue within the story arc, Ananse: The Origin, which focuses on the origin story of important characters in the The True Ananse.

“ Long ago, Ananse, the god of Wisdom is banished onto earth as a cursed statue of his totem, the spider, by Odumankoma, Ruler of the Skies for treason. Fast-forward to today, the cursed statue of Ananse is discovered and worshipped until fate brings Ananse and an innocent boy, Selasi Rockson together, his vessel for reawakening. ”

The True Ananse is part of the bigger Leti Arts’, Africa’s Legends series. Africa’s Legends reimagines popular African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as an elite group of superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa. Comics and games based on Africa’s Legends tell the stories behind individual characters and the collective team.

The Leti Center also provides consumers a unique and enhanced experience for reading digital comics from Leti Arts. The mobile app will be updated with new comics and games when new issues of comics or new versions of games are available.

“ We are excited to have deployed Leti Center and therefore, the pilot issue of The True Ananse to the Nokia Store and Windows Phone Store, to make our compelling content available to a larger audience.

We will continue to innovate and improve the Leti Center and make our digital comics and games as widely available as possible. ”
Wesley Kirinya (CTO, Leti Arts)

This release makes Leti Center available on three major mobile app stores, Google Play, Windows Phone Store and Nokia Store. There is also a version for generic Java phones available as a direct download. A version for Apple’s iOS App Store is planned.

    • Windows Phone Store: Leti Center

      Windows Phone: Leti Center

    • Leti Center: Nokia Store

      Nokia Store: Leti Center

  • Google Play: Leti Center

    Google Play: Leti Center

  • Java Download: Leti Center

    Java Download: Leti Center

To get more info visit www.letiarts.com.

About Leti Arts
Leti Arts develops cross-platform interactive media products based on African history and folklore, including digital comics and mobile games. As one of a handful of interactive media studios in sub-Saharan Africa, Leti introduces global audiences to African storytelling.
Leti Arts has offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya, and was founded by Eyram Tawiah and Wesley Kirinya.

Visit us on http://www.letiarts.com. Follow Leti Arts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn

About The True Ananse
The True Ananse is a superhero series from Leti Arts influenced by the African folklore legend from Ghana, Kweku Ananse. In The True Ananse, Leti Arts reimagines the story of Kweku Ananse, the trickster, and depicts him as a god turned superhero in modern Africa.

Follow The True Ananse on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

CONTACT
Nana Kwabena Owusu
(+233) 020 121 5655
kobby@letiarts.com

Africa's Legends: Intel + Leti Arts

Leti Arts and Intel partner to launch Africa’s Legends

Africa’s Legends is a series by Leti Arts that brings Africa’s folklore and historic legends to life through interactive entertainment such as digital comics, mobile games and in the future, TV shows and full length movies.

Africa’s Legends balances the two parts of Leti Arts’ portfolio of characters, historic and folkloric legends and fictional characters, battling crime in Africa, as the continent’s elite group of superheroes. Africa’s Legends brings the classic clash of good versus evil from an African perspective to a worldwide audience. Africa’s elite superheroes, Africa’s Legends, battle master criminals from Africa and around the world.

The series follows the exploits of characters such as Ananse, Shaka, Pharaoh, Wuzu the Massai Warrior and Shizo, an ex-cop turned vigilante against corruption. It also follows the plots and schemes of master villains such as The Pirate and The Wodaabe Assassin.

Our goal of merging the past with the present in an exciting and compelling format is to encourage younger generations to be genuinely excited about African history and culture. The more relevant we make history and culture in education, the better the long term prospects for preserving culture and heritage.

We are proud to deliver this on cutting edge technology, both hardware and software, from our partner Intel.

Wesley Kirinya (CTO, Leti Arts)

Intel Powered Yolo Smartphone from Safaricom

Intel, one of the premier technology companies in the world, is leveraging the expertise of its software partner, Leti Arts to promote its Yolo smartphone, an Android smartphone based on its mobile optimized Intel Atom processor, available in Kenya on Safaricom.

Africa’s Legends is delivered to consumers as an Intel-only compatible Android app, Africa’s Legends on the Google Play Store. It includes both the comic and game, optimized for the Yolo smartphone and other Android devices based on Intel processors.

The Yolo smartphone uses advanced Intel® processors to provide seamless and fast web browsing, super responsive Android apps, and effortless multitasking. Intel has been powering computing for decades and they are now powering your next smartphone. Get ready for the power of Intel Inside® on your phone.

As part of the promotion for Intel powered Android devices, Intel organised the Intel Gaming Challenge at the iHub on Saturday October 12, attended by both avid and casual gamers. The gaming challenge showcased local games from Intel Software Partners  Leti Arts and Ma3 Racer.

[SEE PHOTOS: Intel Gaming Challenge on Facebook]

If you own a Yolo device or an Intel powered Android smartphone or tablet, then head over to the Google Play Store.

Google Play: Africa's Legends

Google Play: Africa’s Legends

You can follow the exploits of Africa’s Legends online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfricasLegends/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AfricasLegends
Google+: http://gplus.to/AfricasLegends

Leti Arts Releases Ananse Superhero Comic on Leti Center

PRESS RELEASE

Leti Arts Releases Ananse Superhero Comic on Leti Center

ACCRA, GHANA. October 18, 2013

Leti Arts, one of Africa’s first interactive media studios with offices in Ghana and Kenya, announced today the release of Ananse: The Origin, the pilot issue of the comic for their superhero series, The True Ananse.

The True Ananse, is a Leti Arts digital comic and mobile game series influenced by the African folklore character from Ghana, Kweku Ananse, a character of trickery and cunning.

Leti Arts reimagines the story of Ananse with a unique twist depicting Ananse as a superhero in modern times. The pilot issue released today is the first issue within the story arc, Ananse: The Origin, which focuses on the origin story of important characters in the The True Ananse.

“ Long ago, Ananse, the god of Wisdom is banished onto earth as a cursed statue of his totem, the spider, by Odumankoma, Ruler of the Skies for treason. Fast-forward to today, the cursed statue of Ananse is discovered and worshipped until fate brings Ananse and an innocent boy, Selasi Rockson together, his vessel for reawakening. ”

The True Ananse is part of the bigger Leti Arts’, Africa’s Legends series. Africa’s Legends reimagines popular African folklore and historic legends, interspersed with fictional characters, as an elite group of superheroes fighting crime in present day Africa. Comics and games based on Africa’s Legends tell the stories behind individual characters and the collective team.

Leti Arts distributes their digital comics and mobile games through a mobile app, Leti Center, to serve content to smartphones and advanced feature phones.

The Leti Center also provides consumers a unique and enhanced experience for reading digital comics from Leti Arts. The app will be updated with new comics and games via push notifications when a new issue or version of their favorite games or comics are available.

“ The goal of merging the past with the present in a format that is exciting and compelling is to encourage younger generations to be genuinely excited to learn and read about African history and culture. We believe making history and culture in education relevant through interactive content is a better long-term bet for preserving our heritage.

We aim to make the Leti Center the must have mobile app to access the best African themed comics and games worldwide. We are excited to have launched this in Ghana and are even more excited by the prospects which lie ahead including TV shows, movies and merchandise. ”
Eyram Tawia (CEO, Leti Arts)

The Leti Center is currently available for three platforms, Android, Windows Phone and Java. It is available as a FREE download from the Google Play Store and as a direct download from the Leti Arts website for Java phones. It is coming soon to the Windows Phone StoreNokia Ovi Store and Apple’s iOS App Store.

  • Google Play: Leti Center

    Google Play: Leti Center

  • Java Download: Leti Center

    Java Download: Leti Center

To get more info visit www.letiarts.com.

About Leti Arts
Leti Arts develops cross-platform interactive media products based on African history and folklore, including digital comics and mobile games. As one of a handful of interactive media studios in sub-Saharan Africa, Leti introduces global audiences to African storytelling.
Leti Arts has offices in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya, and was founded by Eyram Tawiah and Wesley Kirinya.

Visit us on http://www.letiarts.com. Follow Leti Arts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn

About The True Ananse
The True Ananse is a superhero series from Leti Arts influenced by the African folklore legend from Ghana, Kweku Ananse. In The True Ananse, Leti Arts reimagines the story of Kweku Ananse, the trickster, and depicts him as a god turned superhero in modern Africa.

Follow The True Ananse on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

CONTACT
Nana Kwabena Owusu
(+233) 020 121 5655
kobby@letiarts.com

Comic-Con International: San Diego Logo

Best of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 (Part 1) – Comics

Comic-Con International: San Diego LogoSan Diego Comic-Con (properly Comic Con International: San Diego), is a multigenre convention held annually in the US in San Diego, California. It is a convention that brings together the fans, creative teams and businesses who make and consume comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television and related art forms.

Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention [Comic Con] now includes a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. Wikipedia

The San Diego Comic Con 2013 just ended and as Leti Games, works and plays in the same space that Comic Con attendees and exhibitors do, we followed it as much as we could. This year our current schedule as we prep for launch means we couldn’t follow as much as previous years.

However, here is the best of the little we gleaned from Comic Con 2013 via articles, blog posts and videos online, presented in three parts focusing on Comics, Games and TV/Film. We start off with comics.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (20th Anniversary Comic)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ComicA lot of us growing up were Power Rangers fans and probably followed the series in its original form and the many reboots along the line. Well, in a nod to the past, the graphics novel publisher of Power Rangers, Papercutz, announced a new Power Rangers comics using the original cast at Comic Con.

The new Power Rangers comic returns to the original cast in a “lost episodes” graphic novel format. With a whole new generation of fans current enjoying Power Rangers: Megaforce, it’s time for the older fans to get back in on the action. IGN.com

The series will be available for purchase in May 2014 and provides older generations of fans with content based on the Power Rangers they knew and loved.

Read more about this on the news section of Papercutz

Tomb Raider: The Comic

Lara Croft and Tomb Raider have always been a staple in the gaming world and although the buzz around the franchise died down a bit, the new game has shown Lara Croft still has a lot of mojo left in her.

Crystal Dynamics™(a Square Enix® studio) and Dark Horse Comics, had revealed earlier in the year, their partnership to bring  Lara Croft back to print in her own new comic.

Lara Croft:Tomb Raider

Comic Con helped us flesh this vision out when in an interview with Kotaku, Gail Simone, one of the writers, reveals that the comic will act a bridge between the just released game, and the one that’s coming up next.

“We start just a few weeks after the end of the game, and this is all in continuity, it will be Tomb Raider canon, and lead DIRECTLY into the sequel. This is what got me excited; we get to be part of Lara Croft history.”
Gail Simone via Kotaku

We like this concept of keeping the story continuous through different formats and will be keeping an eye on how the franchise does based on this new concept.

Assassin’s Creed: Brahman

UbiWorkshop, an arm of Ubisoft, also unveiled a new comic book at the San Diego Comic-Con. The comic is titled, Assassin’s Creed: Brahman. It introduces the story of a member of the Brotherhood, Arbaaz Mir and is set in 18th-century India.

India – 18th Century. The story follows the adventures of Arbaaz Mir as he faces down a foe who subjugated his land and people and who’s now in possession of an artefact that may be a very powerful Piece of Eden. Will he disobey the Brotherhood and take the life of his greatest foe? Will he uncover the secret of the artefact? Will his connection to Abstergo programmer Jot Soora be revealed?

Assassins Creed: Brahman

The writers of the new comic explain the background of the story and what to expect in an exclusive interview with Ubi Workshop.

There were plenty of additional announcements but these were the big ones that caught our attention as we scanned for content around Comic Con 2013 and comics. Tell us about the ones we missed or what your favourite announcement around comics was at this years Comic Con in the comments.

Next Up, Comic Con 2013 and Games!