So a while back, like long long time ago in a galaxy far away, I met up with comic creator John Jennings at a lecture he was having in Flint about black artist in comics (What up Zo!). After the lecture, I got a chance to chop it up with him and even show him my portfolio. So I thought that was that. I mean I'm still in college (at the time) there ain't no way I'm bout to get a big chance.
Low and behold, some time later I get approached by him in a project. A project that would round up a stable of truly talented individuals in comics who just so happen to be African-American. Just imagine a new Justice League/Avengers type squad led by Luke Cage and John Stewert (The Black Green Lantern) and you'd picture this incredible list of artists. So of course why wouldn't I take up the chance? So I offer some artwork and bio and let John and Damian Duffy do their magic...
...A year and some change later, I get ring at the doorbell and a mysterious package has been left at my doorstep. I now bring you into the journey of opening that said package through the majesty of pictures!
|"Oh shoot, it's a package! For me? How uncanny! Please don't be porn..."|
|"Wait...this might be a trap. Yakuza might have rigged this explode to cause war between DMX and Jet Li"|
|"Alright, must be delicate with this. Gotta use all the things I've learned in Metal Gear Solid 2. Don't...cut...blue...wire!"|
|"Whew. False alarm. Be easy, bladder. It's just bubble wrap..."|
|"I FRIGGIN' LOVE YOU, BUBBLE WRAP! BEAUTIFUL NON-EXPLOSIVE BUBBLE WRAP!"|
|"Oh snap! It's a book. A book with colors. Ooooh...colors..."|
|"OH SNAP! It's the book! Because black people DO love to draw comics, dammit..."|
|"OOOOH SNAP, SON! That's me! I mean it's not me but someone drew me but clearly that's my artwork in there..."|
|"...and I mean it's kind of old now but hey, the book's been in the making for a while. Just be happy for me."|
So all in all the Black Comix book came out dope. If you want to check out some amazing comic work from the urban side of things mixed with in-depth articles on the history of the artform then this book is the one for you.
...and I'm not just saying that because it has me (and The Revolutionary Times
) in it. Honestly. Scout's honor. And it counts because my dad was a boy scout. Shapow.
Learn more about John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and the Black Comix by checking out the official website
and the official Twitter
pages as well!
SIDENOTE: Another project that me and John have been developing is a 16 page horror comic. Just thought I'd put that out there. Ya know...just in case a year from now you see me say "Hey, remember that sidenote I talked about"...