GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER...ON AND OFF THE PAGE
Almost four years ago, Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 came to my apartment and pitched me a simple, but brilliant, concept. “What if Only Black People had superpowers?,” a simple, obvious concept that I was surprised no one had ever pitched before, as far as I knew. At that moment I knew I had to be involved with the project. That simple pitch became the first part of what we’ve dubbed “The Black Superpowers Universe:” six issues, 140 pages leading to three spinoffs and a lot of attention.
That brings us to today, as we continue production on our current series, WHITE.
I don’t like working the same way twice, in terms of how I tell a story. Last year, I began working on a series for AHOY Comics called THE WRONG EARTH. That series is heavily steeped in different styles of American superhero comics, which require me to switch between my approaches to the story. That lead me to rethink how I was going to tackle WHITE. I had the opportunity to visit Japan, particularly Akihabara, Tokyo, Kyoto, Shinjuku, and do a deep dive into Manga and anime. It has seriously affected my view on how to tell the story of WHITE.
It also has changed how I approach working with the team. Even at this late stage in our careers, I can see how much Kwanza and Tim have grown as writer and designer over the last few years. It shows in the words and the scope of what they give me to work from. I’d like to think that my evolution as an artist has continued as well.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m the utility player here. This is their world, and I’m Bootsy Collins to Kwanza’s George Clinton, but I’m thrilled to continue this story, to contribute in my way.
Thank you for helping us keep this going.