What’s up, fam.
2012 was a year of transition. Politically, socially, spiritually and personally, this past year was one of upheaval… And all of us felt its effects.
It is during these times of evolution when our mettle is tested and our true selves come to light. Sometimes, that light is too intense to bear. Sometimes, we see the truth and we don’t like it. But, if we face our fears and battle the greatest demons, ourselves, we become stronger than ourselves. It is at this point we evolve… We gain wisdom… We get better.
With that being said, I need to ask something of you. Before I do so, I want to give you a little insight on my hustle, Griot Enterprises…
Since 2000, Griot Enterprises has existed for one reason: To tell great stories featuring heroes of color.
We have seen many great African American superheroes in comics, but we never saw an iconic African American superhero team. We didn’t have our Justice League, our Avengers. We, as comic book fans of color, young and old, didn’t have a universe where our heroes reside…
… Griot Enterprises fills that void.
The comic book market needs to continue developing innovative concepts that represent the world in order to thrive in an arena in which they have to garner attention from the movie and the video game industries as well as the buying public at large.
And honestly, Black Superheroes are cool.
Now, that you know a little more about my business, I’ll let you in on a little secret:
Griot Enterprises is just one man… Me… That’s it.
This is my baby… This is my passion… This is my grind…
And I need your help to keep this going.
Due to the transition of 2012, I’ve hit a snag and I need to raise $3000.00 by January 15, 2013 to stay in my current home lest I’m out on the street before this period of transition finishes its cycle. I’m not asking for a handout nor am I asking for charity. I just need you to do one thing:
Buy a book. Buy some swag.
That’s it. If each of you buys one book, I’ll live to fight another day. In addition, I’m offering incentives for y’all based on how much you purchase:
$1.00 – $3.00 – You will have a place in the thank you section of the upcoming The Horsemen: Book of Olorun trade paperback, which will be available in January.
$5.00 – I addition to being added to the thank you section, you will get a FREE PDF copy of The Horsemen: Book of Olorun trade paperback.
$10.00 – You’ll get a FREE PDF copy of The Horsemen: Book of Olorun trade AND a FREE PDF copy of Outworld: Return of the Master Teachers, which will be available in March.
$25.00 – All of the rewards above PLUS a FREE PDF of The New Mythology print AND Black Sci-Fi print available on Zazzle.com
Here’s Griot Enterprises’ current line of titles. Clicking on the links will take you directly to the books and products:
This timely collection of stories reminds us how deeply men’s images fill religious traditions worldwide.
Dr. Walter Greason (Department of History, Monmouth University) and Jiba Molei Anderson created The Holy Bible: Dignity & Divinity to ask two fundamental questions:
How would familiar tales like the Garden of Eden and the Nativity differ if the women in the stories were the central characters?
Can we understand women as being as divine as men, if we shift our perspectives on our religious values?
The Holy Bible: Dignity & Divinity presents an important revelation about the universal power religion retains in the twenty-first century. Where commerce often takes center stage through a secular understanding of the holidays, these portraits remind readers that humility, piety, introspection, and integrity hold unique power to inspire a cynical world.
THE HORSEMEN: DIVINE INTERVENTION
By Jiba Molei Anderson, MCL, Digital Broome, Patrick Brower & Eric Pence
Issues 1 -3: $2.99 USD (digital); $4.99 (print)
Trade Paperback: $10.00 (digital); $20.50 (print)
The gods of ancient Africa have possessed seven people to protect humanity from itself…whether humanity wants them to or not. They have been chosen to combat those who control the fate of the planet. Who controls the eight immortals but the number seven?
The world of The Horsemen is one of political intrigue, hip urban science fiction, and mythological fantasy where the actions of beings with immense power and extraordinary ability have reality-altering consequences.
The Orisha emerged from a deep slumber. Seeing that their mission had been perverted, they had set about to free us…whether we wanted them to or not.
But, what if there were others not Orisha, not Deitis, not Human, but something more, a new Race? What side would they choose in the coming war?
And, who truly controls the Eight Immortals but the number seven?
He is a writer, illustrator, designer and educator.
He has been nominated for the Glyph Award and his work is in The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
Now, Jiba Molei Anderson, creator of The Horsemen, shares his work and his thoughts on illustration, design, writing, and the philosophy behind it all in this visual and educational retrospective of his career.
Also, I’ve got prints, T-shirts and swag at Zazzle. Feel free to get some of that as well.
The deadline for this drive is January 11, 2013. When you make your purchase, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how much product you copped so that I can give you your props. I thank you in advance for the support, Tribe. May 2013 be a brighter day for us all… Cheers!