4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape… The Blaxis is Coming

4 Pages | 16 Bars... Step in to the Cypher...
4 Pages | 16 Bars… Step in to the Cypher…

The Black Age of Comics. This is the term coined in 1992. With the emergence of Milestone Media, Brotheman, Tribe and other entities in the early nineties, the presence of the African American in sequential art could not be denied.

Sho Nuff...
Sho Nuff…
We are Afrofuturistically fly...
We are Afrofuturistically fly…

20 years later, the book Black Comix created by John Jennings and Damian Duffy became the link that brought the African American comic book community together. 4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape is the next stage in the evolution of this movement.

We turn the world upside down...
We turn the world upside down…
... And redefine reality with our unique vision...
… And redefine reality with our unique vision…

4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape began in 2013 as an art installation that ran for four months at Chicago institution The Silver Room. The event celebrated the cultural diversity of the independent comic book scene… And, was a stone groove, baby.

We bring a sense of wonder...
We bring a sense of wonder…
...And walk the path sideways from the norm...
…And walk the path sideways from the norm…

In 2015, diversity has become the buzzword in the comic book industry with companies like DC and Marvel claiming to lead the charge, but merely scratching the surface of the complexity and intersection of race, culture and gender.

We look to the future...
We look to the future…
...And battle the forces of mediocracy on the daily.
…And battle the forces of mediocracy on the daily.

The 4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape trade paperback series will be a celebration of where true diversity exists in this industry, a sampler for potential fans to enjoy our intellectual properties, a showcase for existing and upcoming talent as well as a source guide for those fans to purchase our books.

We bathe in the waters of imagination...
We bathe in the waters of imagination…
...And, our Kung-Fu is strong.
…And, our Kung-Fu is strong.

In other words, it is the multicultural Heavy Metal magazine for the 21st Century.

From traditional comics to webcomics to animation and the prose world, from superheroes to fantasy to Sci-Fi to humor, Steamfunk, Afrofuturism and more, is all in here. Each of the artists and writers in this series will bring a unique, but shared viewpoint, in the creation of their work.

We are the Sound and the Fury...
We are the Sound and the Fury…
...We are the Rhythm and the Rhyme.
…We are the Rhythm and the Rhyme.

We are Visual MCs and Literary DJs. We move our pencils and pixels like the comic book B-Boys and B-Girls we are with our Graffiti making the world a little more beautiful… A little more flavorful.

We are the Past, the Present and the Future...
We are the Past, the Present and the Future…
We will not be denied...
We will not be denied…

The first volume will drop in June 2015 with subsequent volumes coming out in Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016.

We are the Blaxis... Keep, keep on...
We are the Blaxis… Keep, keep on…

The comic book industry is more than DC or Marvel. The scene is more diverse than Image or Dark Horse. This is visual Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop and electronic music. This is art for the people.

This is the Blaxis
This is the Blaxis

We hope that you will become a part of The Blaxis.

http://www.griotenterprises.com

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