The Black Age of Comics.
This is the term visionary Turtel Onli coined in 1992.
This is the evolution of that vision.
With the emergence of Milestone Media, Brotheman, Love and Rockets, Tribe and other properties in the Eighties and early Nineties, the artist of color’s presence in sequential art could not be denied.
20 years later, the book Black Comix became the link that brought us artists of color together as a community. This exhibition is a celebration of where we came from and where we are going in this art form.
Each of the artists, known in the mainstream and independent comic book scene bring a unique, but shared viewpoint in the creation of their work.
Who are we? We are:
Jiba Molei Anderson (The Horsemen, Outworld, JBD)
In 1999, Anderson formed Griot Enterprises, a publishing company / creative studio and created its flagship property, The Horsemen. The first Horsemen volume, Divine Intervention was released in 2002 to critical acclaim with The Horsemen: The Book of Olorun released in 2009. He has also written the educational text Manifesto: The Tao of Jiba Molei Anderson, which focuses on the creation of comics and the books Dignity and Divinity: The Holy Bible with Walter D Greason and Jigaboo Devil with LaMorris Richmond.
In addition, Anderson continues to work as an illustrator, designer and writer recently completing illustrations for the animated music video, Start A Fight, for the rock band The Ex-Senators.
Currently, Anderson is an instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology, teaching courses in Animation and Video Game Design while completing his next project Outworld: Return of the Master Teachers. He has also been featured in the book Black Comix and spoken at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art with The Horsemen, being included in The Smithsonian’s permanent library.
John Jennings (Black Comix, Black Kirby, The Hole)
John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo SUNY. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, and cartoonist.
Along with his long-time collaborator Damian Duffy, Jennings has co-authored and designed the books Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art + Culture, and the GLYPH Award winning graphic novel; The Hole: Consumer Culture Vol. 1.
His new projects include the supernatural crime story Blue Hand Mojo: A Case of You and the forthcoming graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred (also with Duffy). He has also garnered acclaim for his new artist collective Black Kirby along with his co-creator Stacey Robinson.
Ashley A Woods (Millennia War)
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Ashley A. Woods has always been immersed in anything related to video games and comics. While attending the International Academy of Design and Technology, she self published her action-fantasy series, Millennia War, which has also been featured in various gallery showings and conventions as well as the Out of Sequence exhibition in Kyoto, Japan in 2008.
There are currently 7 issues and a graphic novel of Millennia War available. Besides being an avid fan of comics and games, Ashley is also a huge movie buff.
Kenjji Jumanne-Marshall (Witchdoctor)
Kenjji is a freelance illustrator and comic artist whose work has appeared worldwide. A Detroit native, Kenjji attended the College for Creative Studies. He includes 80’s television, Hip Hop and the Motor City among his influences. Kenjji continues to work on new episodes of his true Voodoo action series WitchDoctor and has recently published children’s books like Money Smart Kids and Read Roared the Lion.
Tony Maldonado (P.I. Jane)
ChicagoRican Antonio “Tmalo” Maldonado has been working as a cartoonist for 20 years. He’s worked as a comic artist, production and storyboard artist, character designer, and game animator for companies like Comico, Moonstone, Snap2Play,UMI, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network.
Maldonado brings unbridled insanity and doodles of mass destruction to the table. Armed with sketchbook, pencil, trusty laptop, and an imagination that just won’t quit. Maldonado will conitnue to strive for cartooning excellence in order to contribute to the evergrowing world of comics.
As you can see, we ain’t no joke.
This is visual Jazz, Rock, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop and electronic music.
4 Pages|16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape will run from June 8 – July 7, 2013 with an opening reception on June 8 from 8 – 11pm at the Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60622.
We are Visual MCs… Come into our cypher and check the flow.