This Friday teeming hordes of pop culture fans will descend upon The Javits Center for New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s largest popular culture convention for a weekend of panels and previewing the latest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. In the creative conglomeration will be a number of African-American artists, who like Aaron McGruder continue to blaze a trail bringing black faces and stories to the pages of comic books and graphic novels.
N. Steven Harris
Sequential illustrator, N.Steven Harris, whose fierce, kick-ass protagonist, Jasira, from The Fringe book series is pictured here will discuss the Black presence in comics tonight on 90.3 WHCR between 8:30 and 10:30pm. Click here for the link to the live webcast.
From “The Fringe, Book 1,” by N. Steven Harris
His affection for the Marvel Comics vision-impaired hero Daredevil a no-brainer, Baltimore-based cartoonist Andre Campbell is himself legally blind. My mom recently hipped me to his work through a Washington Post Magazine cover story.
One of Andre Campbell’s characters for Heritage Comics, Captain Goodwill.
Freckle-faced artist Jennifer Cruté is the muse for her own illustrated remembrances in Jennifer’s Journal: The Life of a Suburban Girl. Her simply drawn characters have a nostalgic roundness that calls to mind Sunny, Honey and the early days of Ebony Jr.
A portrait of the artist as ‘burbs-to-urban transplant on the A train.
A couple of years ago, Jenn Cruté presented me with my own likeness for my birthday.