I saved this review specifically for Black HIsory Month because it covers a period in African history that most African-Americans are unaware of. It’s the story of Nigeria’s Atlanta ’96 Olympic Gold Medal winners Chioma Ajunwa, Kanu Nwankwo and Austin Jay Jay Okocha. The book was commissioned by the UK-based non-governmental organization Community Sport and Educational Development (CSED) program as part of their literacy program, aimed at getting young readers interested in reading through sports. The current generation of Nigerians have never seen their athletes climbing the Olympic podium and this standalone comic serves as “edutainment” of sorts.
I did not get a chance to meet comic book veteran artist Julian Lytle in person until 2016 at Awesome Con, but he’s so laid back and cool, it’s like talking to one of my cousins. So, of course I said yes when Julian invited me onto his podcast Ignorant Bliss. For over two hours we talked about EVERYTHING. From comics to anime, podcasts to bad social media behavior and of course diversity. (I think we even tangentially talked about chocolate and my mother at one point). So if you want to listen to something while you’re working on your art, or cleaning your apartment, this is the podcast to listen to this week. 🙂 And if you’re looking for a list of the awesome music that Julian plays throughout the episode, check out the show notes. Enjoy!
Not only is Regine Sawyer the founder of Women In Comics Collective New York International, but she also writes comic books of her own through her own company Lockett Down Productions. In this first issue of her latest title Ice Witch, an enhanced woman with the power to control ice and snow searches for her daughter in a frozen landscape. Her search leads to a fight with a guard who seems to more about her than she’s aware of. Not only can she manipulate ice similar to Iceman from Xmen, but whoever her nemesis is has taken her child.
Christina Stewart a.k.a. “Steenz” is one-half of the creative team behind Archival Quality (Oni Press) a comic written by Ivy Noelle Weir which follows Cel Walden, a young archivist who takes a job at a museum that is apparently haunted. Cel must battle her own depression and anxiety while trying to solve the mystery of the ghost that walks the museum’s halls. I was excited to be able to interview yet another sister working in comics! Read on:
Vigilance by indie creator Michael Watson and published by Legacy Rising Publications is the first book in a series of a story about an extraterrestrial woman, who appears to be black, who lands on Earth with incredible superpowers, and equally impressive hair and begins working for a type of Western government security organization called the EHD (The Extra Human Division). A SHIELD-like entity tasked with keeping the world safe from everything from terrorist organizations to alien threats.
I first heard about Uraeus through Mshindo Kuumba who was working with him on a project called Indigo. From there, I found that everyone in indie black comics knows him and likes him. I didn’t get a chance to officially meet the mild-mannered Uraeus until the Black Heroes Matter Panel at NYCC this year. I’m glad I did. What I learned led to this interview. Uraeus tells u what he’s been working on, how he came up with Black Heroes Matter, and some crazy stuff that has happened to him since. Enjoy!
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