A PIONEER OF AFROFUTURISM?

I was asked this question recently:

“How does it feel to be an Afrofuturism pioneer in the comics space”?

It feels a little weird honestly. When I created The Horsemen way back in 1997, I was looking to fill a hole and make my mark in the comic book industry. I was inspired by the pioneers of the Black Age of Comics in the 90s. Milestone Media, Brotherman and Tribe showed me the value in carving a space that didn’t really exist before. It just so happened that I was influenced by science fiction, politics and mythology. It just so happened that I wanted to infuse the world I was creating with a West African / African American sensibility.

The Consonance. The Horsemen, The Manifest. Three generations of heroes sharing one destiny…

The Horsemen reflects my worldview. I wanted to show a very modern Africa, I was extremely tired of the “famine and underdeveloped” narrative that the continent is saddled with in this country. I also wanted to address the problems that Post-Colonialism left behind on the continent as well.

I wanted the world of The Horsemen to feel real, free from the mythology of Afrocentrism and its adherence to Egyptology.

I’ve always been a fan of alternate dimensions and, mythology is great tool in exploring that concept. Unlike the Marvel Universe, which treats the gods of myth as aliens from other planets, I prefer to think of mythological beings as realized potential if certain roads were traveled as opposed to others. In the broadest of strokes, you could link my work to Jonathan Hickman (East of West) or Rick Reminder (Black Science) even though The Horsemen precede both of those titles by a good number of years.

The Horsemen was Afrofuturism before the term was coined.


The Hordes of Ragnarök, The Deitis, and The Cloven. They are set on ruling the world… Or bring about its destruction.

The word Afrofuturism didn’t really enter my radar until 2005 though it had been around since 1995 or so. I was just doing my thing. I even tried to separate what I was doing from what I thought was a certain aesthetic. Eventually, I had to admit to myself that I was an Afrofuturist, which didn’t happen until, like, 2014. So, even though one could call me a “pioneer,” it’s still taking some time for me to accept that appellation…

But I’m getting used to it.

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