League of Maroons! A Jamaican e-Comic
“Your roots are alive…”
League of Maroons follows four Jamaican teenagers as they face the supernatural forces thought dormant/non-existent within their island home. The teens battle mythical forces as they discover the truth of their history and the strength of their heritage – League of Maroons tells a story set in a modern world that has forgotten its beginnings and pushes teens to realize that if you so long as you honour your birthright, your roots are alive!
The team at Listen Mi Caribbean has brought together artistic styling, polished illustration and great storytelling to produce over 50 pages of content described as “great for 8-13 year olds, and everyone who loves cool art and great stories!” The initiative has received attention from the local press as well, with the Jamaica Observer covering the launch of the app in its April 01, 2015 story: “ListenMi launches League of Maroons comic on Android“. Reporter Steven Jackson writes:
“ListenMi Caribbean Ltd, a local-based studio, this month launched League of Maroons, an online comic for download on Android and Amazon platforms.
It is expected to be launched on the iPhone (IOS) operating system in two weeks. It represents the latest project for the studio known for the weekly Listen Mi News programme.
The studio describes League of Maroons as a series that features four unlikely teenage heroes who encounter “rolling calves and other characters from traditional Caribbean folklore”.
“We wanted to digitally deliver an epic Caribbean adventure series that resonates with today’s kids. Based on our folklore we built a story with world-class illustrations and music to showcase Jamaican talent,” said chief executive of ListenMi, Kenia Mattis, in an Observer interview on the weekend.
It isn’t the first app from the company, which last year launched a free comic, entitled Kam Kam Goes to Space, on Android.
Now the company aims to monetise its investment with the League of Maroons comic at US$3.50 per issue. The project took nine months to develop at a cost of roughly US$3,500 per issue with a team of seven persons.
Mattis hopes to build awareness about the Maroons with the development of this app.”
To get your hands on a copy of League of Maroons, visit its page on the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.listenmi.league&hl=en OR you can head over to their website at http://www.leagueofthemaroons.com/ to learn a little more about the project.
Over here in the offices of JANN we are waiting with bated breath to see how the story continues!