Today marks the launch of a cool new art book project on Kickstarter, BLACK COMIX RETURNS, with (Eisner Award-winner, NYT best seller) Professor John Jennings and (NYT best seller) Damian Duffy! It is going to be a beautiful book celebrating some amazing talent and the most vibrant thinkers in comics today! Celebrate Black History Month by helping to bring this project to life!
In 2010, Professor John Jennings and Dr. Damian Duffy compiled and published a 176 page collection of art and essays celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community. BLACK COMIX featured over 50 contributors, including Dawud Anyabwile, Eric Battle, Kenji Marshall, Afua Richardson, Larry Stroman, Rob Stull, Lance Tooks, and many, many more. It met high praise throughout the industry and quickly sold through its respectable print run despite interest and demand — used copies now fetch $60-150 on Amazon and eBay.
Flash-forward 8 years: the comic industry has changed a lot since then, and the amount of African American talent continues to grow and amaze. While huge strides in diversity have been made, John and Damian felt the time was right for another spotlight on the topic. Rather than simply reprinting the first edition, considering the number of fresh new voices and changes in the industry, a whole new volume felt necessary.
So now we’re preparing BLACK COMIX RETURNS, a new celebration of African American independent comic art and culture, 144+ pages of masterful comics art framed by articles examining their broader historical and cultural context by some of the leading writers and scholars in the field.
Over 100 artists and writers have been invited to the project, from all corners of the comics industry, starting with these amazing individuals who have already signed on:
Back the project today to download a digital edition of the out of print first book immediately! 180 pages of exciting comic art and history that will illuminate and inspire!