A few minutes after Kwanza Osajyefo hit his Kickstarter goal for Black, he was on the phone with ComicsAlliance. Needless to say, the former DC editor was hyped as thoughts of new possibilities were brought to fruition within days of the launch of his crowdfunding campaign.
Along with his own super-powered team, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph and Sarah Litt, Osajyefo's six part graphic novel will attempt to tackle one question: "In a world that already fears and hates them, what if only black people had superpowers?" The story follows Kareem Jenkins, a young black teenager who gets racially profiled and gunned down by police only to discover that he is one of many black people with superpowers. ComicsAlliance spoke to Osajyefo to find out about his plans for Black, and to learn about the influences that shaped him.
What if only black people had super powers? Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 are set to answer that question in their upcoming graphic novel, Black, with art by Molly Danger creator Jamal Igle, and covers by Khary Randolph. The creators have provided us with some exclusive storboard art to share with ComicsAlliance readers.
Osajyefo, a former DC comics digital editor, and Smith, who worked on Iron Man and The Amazing Spider-Man comics, are the co-creators of the book, which tells the story of Kareem Jenkins, a young black man who survives being gunned down by the police only to discover that he may be superhuman --- a common trait among black people that the government conspired to hide for centuries.
I've identified with a lot of Dinosaur Comics strips, but I don't think any of them have ever spoken to me quite as much as the one where T-Rex talks about how Nintendo is the only corporation that he thinks of as a friend. As I've said before here at CA, I've spent more time with Mario than I have with most members of my own immediate family, and that's not a decision I regret. And if you have similar feelings and also love comics by amazingly talented young creators --- which I assume is why you're here in the first place --- then I've got something that you're probably going to want to check out.
Zinetendo, a new full-color, 46-page zine devoted entirely to Nintendo's greatest hits, is available for preorder now, and it's awesome. Check out some of my favorite pieces below!
As much as I've been enjoying most of the new "DC You" titles, I'll admit that the first issue of Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Khary Randolph's We Are... Robin didn't do a whole lot for me --- and not just because of that weirdly punctuated title. That first issue had a solid main character with a clear motivation, a couple of interesting set pieces, a sweeping threat to Gotham City and a genuinely great first page, but something about it just didn't land.
When the second issue hit shelves this week, though, I decided I'd give it another shot, and I'm glad I did, because this is where the hook finally lands, and where the story ramps up into something that's engaging, exciting, mysterious and, if you're the kind of person who obsesses over Batman's sidekicks, very rewarding to read.
This week Image Comics released the first issue of Tech Jacket by Joe Keatinge and Khary Randolph. And while this may be the first time many of today's readers have heard of the title, it's actually been lurking around the edges of the Image line for over a decade. Created in 2002 by pre-Walking-Dead Robert Kirkman and artist E.J. Su, the eponymous Tech Jacket is a wearable cache of the most powerful weapons in the universe, bestowed irreversibly unto teenager Zack Thompson when he encountered a dying alien. Naturally, Zack used his newfound abilities to become a galactic warrior of great worth and protecting Earth from universal threats with more enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder than other Earthborn space cops you might have heard of.
The original series ran for only six issues but the story was later continued as a back-up in the pages of Kirkman and Ryan Ottley's Invincible. Then, earlier this year, Keatinge and Randolph produced a trio of digital issues that revitalized the concepts and characters and paved the way for this new ongoing series.
With issue #1 on sale now from Image and Kirkman's Skybound imprint, ComicsAlliance spoke to the creative team about what drew them to these characters and concepts, and what plans they have in store for the series.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web...
Co-created with BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, Freelancers is the latest vision from Felipe Smith, creator of the cult favorite culture shock sex-and-violence manga, Peepo Choo. Freelancers is a Los Angeles action-comedy starring two distinctly skilled female leads who were raised in a kung-fu orphanage (inspired by true events involving Jackie Chan...
On sale this week from BOOM! Studios is Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1, beginning a new ongoing comedy series that imagines our beloved Comic-Con International in San Diego as the site of a violent zombie outbreak...
Because we're feeling the pull of the yuletide (whatever the heck that is), ComicsAlliance decided to start a countdown to Christmas in the tradition of that old holiday standard, The 12 Days of Christmas...
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