4 Pages 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape is an anthology series that records the living history of #BlackComix, past, present and future. Here is the second in a series highlighting the Visual MCs and Literary DJs who decided to grab the mic.
We’re very proud to introduce the next Visual MC to enter the Cipher as he was one of Jiba Molei Anderson’s (4 Pages 16 Bars Curator) students during his time as an animation / video game design professor at the Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg!
Ryan Francis is a Chicago-land independent artist and animator who has created artwork for children’s books, comics, T-shirts, video games. He also self-publishes comics such as, Shirley’s Day, Incident at the Game Store, and The Pizza Man.
The next Visual MC to grab the mic is a second-generation artist whose mother was a fellow classmate of Anderson’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago!
Damion Hampton is a UX designer and illustrator passionate about creative problem solving and the stories of those he designs for. Hampton’s work as a freelance comic book artist displays his interest in people and the desire for efficiency. Damion uses all of the skills he’s developed, balancing user needs with function, and crafting intuitive layouts in a role in User Interface Design, research, and as a Storyboard artist.
Finally, we’re very glad that this next Visual MC decided to grab the mic and bring his flavor to the Visual Mixtape!
“Growing up being influenced by Ralph Bakshi, Vaughn Bode’, Wendy Pini, and Robert Crumb to name a few, really shaped my visual aesthetic.”
Keef Cross is a tattoo artist, painter, illustrator, and graphic novelist. He is the author and illustrator of Dayblack Volume 1. An Atlanta, resident, the diverse cast of individuals he has met in his tattoo chair is a big part of why he began the Dayblack comic series.
But, wait… There’s more!
Imagine seeing this poster in your Local Comic Book Store (LCS)!
For a $75 pledge, your LCS will receive 3 copies of 4 Pages 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape Vol. 07 – Mass Appeal and 3 copies of 4 Pages 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape presents Sequential Graffiti. For the $100 pledge, Your LCS will receive 1 copy of the entire anthology series to carry in their store. Both pledges will receive this 30″ X 40″ poster to display in their store! If we get to $5000, this poster will be the stretch goal for all physical backers.
Vol. 07 – Mass Appeal is currently less than $1000 from its initial goal. With 12 days left, help us get over the finish line by donating to the hottest anthology in comics today!