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‘Black’ Co-Creator Kwanza Osajyefo Talks Upcoming Graphic Novel, X-Men, and Milestone Media Influence

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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.

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Super While Black: Get a First Look at ‘Black’ by Osajyefo, Smith & Igle [Exclusive]

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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.

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Papercutz November Solicitations

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The Wind in the Willows (Classics Illustrated Deluxe #1)
By Kenneth Grahame; adapted by Michel Plessix

The great Classics Illustrated that everybody remembers is back with beautiful, high-quality adaptations of classic stories

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