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A hardcover collection of art and essays showcasing the best African American artists in today's vibrant comic book culture.
A hardcover collection of art and essays showcasing the best African American artists in today's vibrant comic book culture.
A hardcover collection of art and essays showcasing the best African American artists in today's vibrant comic book culture.
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Final 48hours! And BCR Spotlight on Tanna Tucker, Chris Visions, Jerome Walford, and Joseph Wheeler III!

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Hey everyone,

This is it, the final stretch -- less than 48hours to go... not much left to do at this point but gather as many people behind the project as possible, and help BLACK INK hit their goal for the DVD bundle upgrade!  They could use some support, so if you've got friends or family who would be interested, please send them over to the project to help them out!

We had hoped to have Backerkit set up by now so we could explain how it will work, and how it will allow folks to upgrade their copies to the DVD edition, or to add extra items or copies to their order.  This WILL be the case, even if it isn't set up until after the campaign ends on Sunday, so don't worry -- we've got you covered. It's just a matter of waiting on Backerkit to get the project entered into their system.  We'll let you know as soon as its up!

So close to the end, and we still have so many contributors to spotlight... Honestly, we may not get to them all before Sunday, but here's a bunch more for tonight:

 TANNA TUCKER

Tanna Tucker is a San Francisco-based illustrator who describes as having a “very painterly yet line-driven style influenced by comics and animation.” Inspired by art and music of the Afro-futurist movement, Tucker’s work “combines interests in folklore, African diaspora and race/gender representation in art and comics.” Tucker states that the “common thread” in all of her work “is a desire to represent characters that were absent in the stories I read growing up. I’m doing my best to combat the misogyny prevalent in this industry, by designing strong, diverse, and complex female characters in my work. In fact, I think we are in a very exciting and revolutionary time with comics. With social media, crowdsourcing and alternate ways of publishing and getting your work out, creators are empowered more now than ever to tell their unique (and needed) stories.”

http://tannatucker.com/

Portion of "Seawulfe" by Tanna Tucker.
Portion of "Seawulfe" by Tanna Tucker.

CHRIS VISIONS

Chris Visions was found on the banks of the Mississippi by boxing legend Jack Johnson. The boxer, through his golden smile, spat in the infant’s eyes and stuck the child on the first train to Virginia. A policeman and an art teacher took him in as their own, raising him on the following: hellfire, holy water, James brown, Earth Wind and Fire, Norman Rockwell, Michael Jackson, a box full of comics, a stack of VHS’s and elbow grease. From there on, he’s been sketching, through the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, the Virginia Governor’s School, Virginia Commonwealth University, and finally the Illustration Academy. Chris has worked in the fields of graphic design, game design, storyboarding, and illustration since 2006, and is currently creating comics with various publishers, including self publishing.

http://www.chrisvisions.com/

Cover image for RVAMAG.com by Chris Visions.
Cover image for RVAMAG.com by Chris Visions.

JEROME WALFORD

Jerome Walford is an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer. In 2008 he began rewriting an old concept he had for a graphic novel series. The idea found new life in his first graphic novel series "Nowhere Man" and he launched Forward Comix to be a platform for publishing his creator-owned work. Jerome currently continues his work in advertising while working on further installments to the "Nowhere Man" series and other projects.

http://forwardcomix.com/

Cover to GWAN anthology book, illustrated by Jerome Walford.
Cover to GWAN anthology book, illustrated by Jerome Walford.

JOSEPH WHEELER III

Joseph R. Wheeler III is the Artist, founder, and president of ONYXCON. Joseph is a proud southerner, born and raised in Atlanta, GA. An important fixture in the Atlanta art community with a commitment and experience working with Fulton County Office of Aging, Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Union City Parks & Recreation, Fulton County Parks & Recreation, Atlanta Fulton Public Library System, and countless other Arts & Culture institutions nationwide. Wheeler has been dedicated for over 20 years as an Arts Instructor and Therapeutic Creative Activities Specialist for both youth arts organizations and the Senior Citizen population (focusing on Adult Day Programs for Alzheimer's/Disabled Seniors). Currently, Wheeler is honing his skills for Film as a writer, producer, and actor. In growing the ONYXCON INSTITUTE and his appearances as a panelist/instructor he works with other conventions like MOMOCON and organizations such as Atlanta Fulton Public Libraries, and Emory University's Michael C Carlos Museum, to list a few.

http://www.onyxcon.com/

"In Yo Face" by Joseph Wheeler III.
"In Yo Face" by Joseph Wheeler III.

 

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