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Vote for the Top 50 Black Comic Writers and Artists of All-Time!

February is Black History Month, so I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a list, voted on by the fans, of who you all believe are the Top 50 Black Comic Writers and Artists of all-time. You will vote up until February 18th, then I’ll tally the voted and count down the Top 50 beginning on February 20th, hopefully shedding some worthwhile spotlights on some of the great comic book writers and artists of the past and present. It’s always fun to celebrate comic book history.

Read on for the rules…

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. Vote for your TEN favorite black comic writers and your TEN favorite black comic artists. Comic book creators, comic strip creators and webcomic creators are all eligible.

3. Rank your ten writers and your ten artists from #1 (who you think is the best) to #10 (who you think is the tenth best). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best. Honestly, just use this template. It’s the simplest way of doing things.:

TOP BLACK COMIC WRITERS AND ARTISTS

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ARTISTS
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ACBC

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. If you seriously can’t fill out 20 names in total, I’ll cut you a little slack if you’re a bit shy, but at least fill in the majority of the ballot.

6. Now for the most annoying part of the rules. Who counts as “black”? A creator doesn’t have to be African-American to be eligible, so Olivier Coipel, for instance, would count. Beyond that, just use your best judgment. If you seriously don’t know of any black creators, ComicVine has a small list, but hopefully it jogs your memory a bit.

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Artists no problem, but I’m ashamed to say I’m struggling to find 10 writers. Especially ashamed that I can’t think of anyone from the UK* or Europe! Anyone got any links beyond the very helpful ComicVine Brian provided?

*Just for general interest, Black History month in the UK is in October. Got to keep our differences on this side of the pond!

Is it 50 as in 50 of each, or 50 as in 25 artists and 25 writers?

Gotta vote for the “Irreverent” Billy Graham as my favorite African-American artist. His work on “Luke Cage, Hero For Hire” and “Jungle Action, featuring the Black Panther” was some of the best comic book art of the ’70s. Great stuff. Wish he’d’ve done more for Marvel.

I am ashamed to say that my first thought in reading the headline was to wonder if there are enough black creators in the industry to make narrowing down a list of 50 a meaningful exercise. I will not be able to participate, because even if I could name ten black creators (let alone 20), I haven’t read enough of most of them to give them a relative ranking.

I look forward to learning from the upcoming list about new creators.

Thanks for the link to the ComicVine list; it was very helpful…there are many creators listed there whose ethnicity I was completely unaware of.

Just thought I’d mention a couple of creators who weren’t mentioned on that list: Tom Artis and Kyle Baker.

Hmm. Apparently Dwayne McDuffie is goose enough to make that list twice. Loads of good people on that list who I had no idea were black. TBH I prefer it that way. I like to take creators on the merits of their work rather than their skin.

I had similar qualms about the “”top 50 women” list a few months ago and got shouted down so I won’t push it.

Gonna have to look this up and have a serious think because I am terrible at knowing the ethnicity of creators. Until about a year ago I assumed Christopher Priest was the same British Science Fiction writer that wrote The Prestige!

In honor of Black History Month, we will be segregating comic creators by their skin color and judging them. Next month, Gay Comic Writers that are Tops and Gay Comic Artists that are Bottoms! If you don’t know if your favorite Gay Comic Creator is a Top or Bottom you are a homophobe, but we will make a list of who is what anyway.

Man, even mention Black History Month and these types come out of the woodwork, don’t they?

Yeah. And calling it “segregating” is disingenious at best, offensive at worst.

No one complains when they do a Top Captain America stories to celebrate the character’s anniversary. Hey, isn’t that segregation and offensive to Cap, isn’t he good enough to have his stories showing up in the Top 100 comic book storylines or what?

(I’m a little dubitative too, but leaving it at that…)

The ComicVine list is nice, but unfortunately very lacking in credits to jog memories: they have Jamal Igle sans MOLLY DANGER, Mat Johnson sans INCOGNEGRO or DARK RAIN or RIGHT STATE, Keith Knight sans THE K CHRONICLES, Fred Perry sans GOLD DIGGER or TIME LINCOLN, Jimmie Robinson sans AVIGON or BOMB QUEEN…

Some creators they miss:

* Marguerite Abouet (w: AYA OF YOP CITY)

* Ho Che Anderson (wa: KING, POP LIFE, WISE SON)

* Kyle Baker (wa: COWBOY WALLY SHOW, WHY I HATE SATURN, YOU ARE HERE, KING DAVID, NAT TURNER, PLASTIC MAN / a: CAPTAIN AMERICA: TRUTH)

* Ezra Claytan Daniels (wa: THE CHANGERS)

* Robert Morales (w: CAPTAIN AMERICA: TRUTH)

* Jackie Ormes (wa: TORCHY BROWN, PATTY-JO ‘N’ GINGER)

* David F. Walker (w: TOKYO TRIBES, SHAFT, CYBORG)

* Doselle Young (w: THE AUTHORITY, THE MONARCHY)

There’s also the “Black Women in Comics” list (though mostly little-know webcomics) archived at http://wayback.archive.org/web/20150206085724/http://theormessociety.com/creators

I take no umbrage with this list, and look forward to seeing the results. Nevertheless, I am reminded of Countee Cullen (my favorite poet) and his resentment at being labelled a great Black poet. He felt that, if people regarded him as truly great, they would list him simply as a great poet, and not have to be named on a special list in order to be recognized.

The counterpoint that I would make is that these authors and artist are great, and would show up on a list of great creators without any additional filtering. it’s like how Gail Simone would go on a list of great female comic book writers, but she doesn’t have to be consigned to such a list in order to be recognized–she’s also simply a great writer.

My real qualm with such a list is a matter of definition. Are the artists and authors in question people who identify as Black, or prefer some other label, or no label at all? An example, my second cousin, an artist named Roger Shimomura, was once placed on a list of great Asian artists–a label he resented because he was born and raised in the US. He wanted to be listed, if he were to be so recognized, on a list of great American artists.

Nevertheless, I am reminded of Countee Cullen (my favorite poet) and his resentment at being labelled a great Black poet. He felt that, if people regarded him as truly great, they would list him simply as a great poet, and not have to be named on a special list in order to be recognized.

That’s exactly how I feel about these kinds of lists.

I’ve updated the comments on the ComicVine article with a LOT more writers and artists.

Plus:

* Valentine De Landro / Valentine DeLandro (p: X-FACTOR)

* Khari Evans (wa: CARBON GREY / a: HARBINGER, IMPERIUM)

* Don Hillsman II (wp: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X / p: STREET FIGHTER)

* Jeremy Love (wa: BAYOU)

* Rick Mays (a: KABUKI: SCARAB / p: NOMAD, ARSENAL, ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP)

* Jay Potts (wa: webcomics WORLD OF HURT, ATOMECH)

* Brandon Thomas (w: MIRANDA MERCURY, SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED, ROBIN, VOLTRON)

* LeSean Thomas (wa: CANNON BUSTERS / a: TMNT 2003 / p: ARKANIUM)

* Ronald Wimberly / Ron Wimberly / D-Pi (wa: PROPHET #42, OCCUPY COMICS #1 / w: STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #2)

Also, there’s apparently a ton to parse in the comments under http://www.comicsbeat.com/why-arent-there-more-black-writers-in-the-comics-industry/

This will be tough because I really have no idea the ethnicity of most of the creators I like. I’m even usually iffy on their sex as well.

My dissembling the premise was worth it for the priceless and hilarious comment that seeing the word segregating (defined as separating or dividing people along racial, sexual or religious lines) is more offensive than segregating them. Be change. Don’t pander.

Oh, I remembered Adam Hines (creator of DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG).

Also, Spike Trotman (TEMPLAR, AZ and POORCRAFT)

I wish he would write more comics (or I wish Marvel or DC would ask him to write more comics), but John Ridley is a darn good writer who seemed to be just hitting his stride with “The American Way” before finding more success in film and TV.

@Erich
I would second Tom Artis as a glaring omission, though an understandable one. Artis doesn’t have a ton of high profile credits to his name. He had a tremendous talent; but, he also had problems meeting deadlines, which didn’t help his professional reputation. I know he had health problems later in his life, which ultimately lead to his passing in 2007, which also helps to leave him out of the mix. His biggest profile works were probably The WEB, for DC’s Impact line (featuring the Archie/MLJ heroes) and Tailgunner Jo, for DC. He was supposed to launch a book at Image, with Doug Rice, which at least had a “coming soon” ad. Unfortunately, that coincided with Image cutting part of their line, in response to threats from Diamond and Capital, over their late books. I met Doug Rice a couple of times and he said they didn’t even have an issue ready, when the ad appeared. He did put out a self-published Black Terror comic book, which had fully finished art for about a third to a half of the book, then got very sketchy for the rest of the story. It looked like either he rushed it to publication before giving it proper attention or he got someone to help him, who didn’t have the same level of talent.

Whatever the reason behind his deadline problems, he had tremendous talent and could have been a huge name. He had a dynamic style and creative designs. I met him at a local convention and a few times, at the Barnes & Noble, where I worked. he seemed like a nice enough guy, if a bit eccentric. I bought some sketchbook pages which had some interesting imagery. I would have loved to have seen any of them in a comic.

Marco Rudy is one of the best young artists in the business, and African!

Is it 50 as in 50 of each, or 50 as in 25 artists and 25 writers?

25 of each, 50 total.

(“Yogi”: 4chan commenters are sooo funny in adding to the conversation. They rulez! Psst— the HUGO nominations are out, there might be a Terrapin station for bears to bring you there…)

No offense to Reginald Hudson… but Dwayne McDuffie should be #1 for his comics and DC Animated works?

I don’t know what either 4chan or Hugo are. Here’s my larger point: I have no idea what half my favorite creators look like. Until the mid to late 90s, when Wizard posted pics of creators, I probably hadn’t seen any but Stan Lee. Maybe a few caricatures in weird issues, gave me a glimpse of what Hembeck or Byrne looked like. If people have to look up what race these creators are, that seems to invalidate the results. It’s a fine thing, I suppose. I’ll continue to care not what the authors and artists I enjoy look like.

Being a white, straight male myself, I can’t really relate to feeling like people similar to me are ignored or overlooked in the comic industry (or any industry, really). Whenever I see celebrations of comics creators, they’re dominated by folks who look like the people I grew up with. I don’t really know what it’s like to be unrepresented.

Given that, who am I to judge if underrepresented people want a little separate recognition? If that helps people, I support it. It’s no skin off my nose.

Everyone needs to vote for Matt Baker in the artist’s poll.

To be fair, it’s not like people are usually aware of what most comic creators look like. I didn’t know Trevor Von Eeden was black until I read he was in a book, for example.

So if someone is a cartoonist (both writes and draws) how do you separate out the person’s writing and art? To me those are inseparable for someone like a Kyle Baker or a Keith Knight or a Spike Trotman.

It’s really just your best judgment. Roughly, though, I suppose I’d say just rank them the same spot on both lists if you’re unsure.

I was wondering, does John Lewis count as co-writer of MARCH?

No offense but I mean, as with most such bios, “Much of Aydin’s work on the project was listening to Lewis dictate his life story, anecdotes of which Aydin had often heard Lewis relate to children, parents and others visiting his office, and transcribing it.”

On the one hand, one could say it’s essentially a graphic bio created by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, except their primary sources include interviews with their subject rather than just documents about him?

On the other hand, one could say his speeches and dialogs, as well as his way of retelling and reflecting on his own story, would go into the final book, making him a co-writer anyway?

At any rate, does John Lewis count as a “comic-book writer” for this poll? (I’m inclined to a weak yes, but it may be better to be clear on it.)

Another name I don’t remember seeing on the linked lists or discussion is artist Hannibal King. He did a few issues of Grendel, at Comico, that were excellent.

HudLIn.. not “Hudson”.

No disrespect meant there, just Damon KINDLE autocorrect!

(‘Pikanik-basket hippie': yeah, way to derail a thread with a comment… by talking about YOU instead. So transparent and obvious. Were all those other students so mean to you in High School?? You poor John Byrne-loving comicbook nerd!)

Hey ed,
I’m done peeing on this feel good parade. Have your fun. I’ll continue teaching vets (of all races) with PTSD yoga. As college campuses (UConn being the most notable) start segregating dorms and spaces on campus, you continue feeling good about yourself by separating races too. It turns out segregationists were ahead of their time and just celebrating diversity by having separate schools and water fountains and seating on buses. As a vet, I lived in diversity and fought for the right of every Amercan to be equal. You can do your part for the nation by voting for your favorite comic creators of different races and pretending that makes you a thoughtful person. How favored can these writers and artists be if you have to consult a list to find them? Once the list is compiled, I’d be curious to see just how many of these writers and artists garnered votes on the main favorite creator lists!

Last thought… The main reason I found this an odd exercise, is that people didn’t even know the races of a lot of the creators. That seemed more desirable. In football, you hear black quarterbacks say they want to be known as a quarterback, not a black quarterback. I don’t know if these artists and writers want to be known as artists and writers or black artists and black writers. I do know how I choose to view them – sans qualifier.

I was wondering, does John Lewis count as co-writer of MARCH?

Yes

Yogi –

Simple logic. Forbidding people to vote for black writers and artists in the general Top 100 Comic Book Writers and Artists would be segregation. Creating an additional list, while not hindering blacks from being voted in the general list is not segregation. To use your segregation comparision, if Southern blacks in the 1950s were allowed to go to white schools, and also had additional courses about black history that they could take. THAT woud have been celebrating diversity and comparable to this CBR effort.

And as much as liberals are accused of feel-good-self-rigtheousness, it’s hard not to perceive that you’re the only one here that keeps talking and talking and talking about how much not-racist you are and how everybody who disagrees with you is just the same as George Wallace. You’re the one that keeps demonizing people. You’re teaching vets of all races, you’re not racist. Good for you. No one accused you of being anything else.

I’m done peeing on this feel good parade.

Followed right by another comment. So let’s just say we’re holding you to this initial statement now.

Just going to jump in to say that I will be waiting for the results of this poll to be posted, as I’m hopeful it will give exposure to some creators that I will not have heard of and comics I have not read. The usual caveats to race/gender-specific lists should always be considered, but in this case I am glad you are running this list Brian.

(also everyone should check out Keef Cross’ DayBlack series before voting – it’s awesome)

@Yogi:

I recognize there can be issues with such poll and list, but I think you should also consider the longer view.

The end result will be the usual series of notices, with relevant comics samples, about a bunch of often under-recognized creators. In the short term, such articles are bound to inspire some readers to seek interesting comics they didn’t know about. In the long term, they’ll stay up as… comic book resources.

I’m sure Brian Cronin could have just picked a list of 28 creators and posted a notice a day through the month. Instead, he made it more involving and democratic with this preliminary poll. But the poll is just a fun mean to the same end!

And I think that’s good enough.

I remembered that beautiful GN translated by Matt Madden and reviewed at CBR:

* Aristophane [1967–2004] (wa: THE ZABÎME SISTERS, [untranslated works])

And Andrew Helfer’s graphic bio of Malcolm X from 2006, whose artist is black:

* Randy DuBurke (wa: HUNTER’S HEART / a: YUMMY, MALCOLM X, ACTION COMICS)

Also, more wimmen (beside Abouet and Ormes):

* Patrice Aggs (wa: WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT, THE STRUMPET / a: THE BOSS)
* Barbara Brandon-Croft (wa: WHERE I’M COMING FROM)
* Carol Burrell / Klio (wa: SPQR BLUES)
* Shawnee Gibbs & Shawnelle Gibbs (w: FASHION FORWARD, THE INVENTION OF E. J. WHITAKER)
* Felicia D. Henderson (w: TEEN TITANS)
* Starline Hodge (wa: CANDI, CELLY’S WINGS)
* Alitha Martinez (wa: YUME AND EVER / p: BATGIRL, IRON MAN, BLACK PANTHER)
* Jasika Nicole (wa: HIGH YELLA MAGIC)
* Afua Richardson / Lakota Sioux (a: GENIUS, CYBLADE, HALF DEAD, 24SEVEN)
* C. Spike Trotman (wa: TEMPLAR ARIZONA, LUCAS AND ODESSA, SPARKNEEDLE, BLIKADA)

Via http://womenincomics.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Black_creators

Just skimming over the comments and I’m blown back by how ignorant/naïve/apathetic I am to the race of many popular and veteran creators. I probably won’t be voting but very eager to see the list when it drops.

To echo Ken, yes, Matt Baker needs representation. That dude would have been a Silver Age superstar if he didn’t pass away so early.

Brotherman creators Dawud Anyabwile and Guy Sims definitely make my lists.

I think it would be nice to see a list here that constantly gets added to as per the earlier Women in Comics so we have a sense of whom we can pick, though that Comics Vine piece and the names in the comments section here are certainly a good start.

One challenge with this thread is going to be not so much not knowing enough black writers and artists but rather being aware that they are in fact black. With Ann Nocenti one can make an educated guess that she’s a woman even if you’ve never seen a photo/read an interview, but you can’t tell solely from the name alone that Mark Bright is black. I’m sure sure if a list like the Women list was compiled you’d get a lot of cases where people go, “Oh, cool, I didn’t know they were black. I’m definitely voting for them!”

And there’s some really good links above. I’m just suggesting a “one stop shopping” deal.

1First Comics creator and writer of Night Stalker and R.R.H. Orlando Harding
http://www.nightstalkercomic.com

People gripe about a list like this being hard to put together, but hey, “if you don’t start none…”
I also want to know if writers for comic book industry magazines are eligible. Bleeding Cool Magazine’s got a kick-ass writer who’s from Nigeria. I rush for a copy always hoping his work is there. His review of Waid’s Strange Fruit is a classic.

People gripe about a list like this being hard to put together, but hey, “if you don’t start none…”
I also want to know if writers for comic book industry magazines are eligible. Bleeding Cool Magazine’s got a kick-ass writer who’s from Nigeria. I rush for a copy always hoping his work is there. His review of Waid’s Strange Fruit is a classic.

I would say no.

I’ll just mention a couple of great artists in the UK

SIKU (full name Ajibayo Akinsiku)
art on various series in 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine (Pan-African Judges, Devlin Waugh, etc) and also the Manga Bible

Fangorn (real name Chris Baker)
A noted fantasy artist who did the art for 2 graphic novel adaptations of David Gemmel stories (Legend and Wolf in Shadow)

Christopher Priest (formerly James Owsley)
…….all day!!!

First regular Black writer in mainstream comics, 1980s!!

First Black editor (first Conan, then all of 1980s Spider-Man comic books titles)!!

Writer of the first HUGE blockbuster mini-series in all of comics (Spider-Man vs. Wolverine)!!

Writer of many Marvel, DC, and independent characters and titles!!!!

THE….Best writer of Black Panther!!!! Period! All versions of Black Panther after year 2000 are based off of his work!! The movie version of BP will probably based on his Panther books!!!

Nuff said…

I have read a lot of great comics and I agree with what Michelle said. A lot of people are hailing Orlando Harding for his creativity and thought provoking stories. I loved Night Stalker and R.R.H. is really something different! You guys should all take a look at the man and his work!

http://blackgirlnerds.com/comic-creator-you-should-know-orlando-harding/

33 more (mostly from the Beat thread).

* Lamar Abrams (wa: REMAKE)

* Sunkanmi Akingboye (a: E.X.O.: THE LEGEND OF WALE WILLIAMS)

* Eric Battle (a: THE HARVESTER, THE SCOURGE, WILD CARDS / p: HARDWARE)

* Gemma Bedeau (w: AFROELLA)

* Steve Broome (wa: THE CALL, FUTURE KINGS)

* Gerimi Burleigh (wa: EYE OF THE GODS)

* Talent Caldwell (wa: FATHOM / p: GEN13, WILDCATS)

* Geoffrey Canada (w: FIST STICK KNIFE GUN)

* Enrique Carrion (w: VESCELL)

* Tracey Claverie (w: SCAR UNIT)

* Jerry Craft (wa: MAMA’S BOYZ)

* Eric Jerome Dickey (w: STORM)

* Dani Dixon (w: 13, ESCAPE TO OUTER SPACE, M.I.S.//ING)

* Brandon Easton / Brandon M. Easton (w: ANDRÉ THE GIANT, BAD MOON RISING, JOSHUA’S RUN, MILES AWAY, SHADOWLAW, TRANSFORMERS, ARKANIUM)

* Todd Harris (a: JOURNEYMEN, PRODIGAL)

* Scott Hepburn (a: DRAX, TEEN TITANS, FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION, CAPTAIN MARVEL, ORCHID)

* Joseph Illidge / Joe Illidge / Joseph P. Illidge (w: HARDWARE, AYRE FORCE)

* Julian Lytle (wa: ANTS)

* Shawn Martinbrough (a: THIEF OF THIEVES, ANGELTOWN, THE LOSERS, DETECTIVE COMICS)

* Brian McDonald (w: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, LOST IN SPACE, ABE SAPIENS, PREDATOR: STRANGE ROUX)

* Vince Moore / Vincent Moore (w: TOTAL RECALL)

* Tom Morello (w: ORCHID)

* Jamar Nicholas (a: FIST STICK KNIFE GUN, LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND, DETECTIVE BOOGALOO: HIP HOP COP)

* Roye Okupe (w: E.X.O.: THE LEGEND OF WALE WILLIAMS)

* Gary Phillips (w: THE RINSE, COWBOYS, HIGH ROLLERS, ANGELTOWN, MIDNIGHT MOVER, SHOT CALLERZ)

* Woodrow Phoenix (wa: RUMBLE STRIP, SUGARBUZZ, THE SUMO FAMILY)

* John Ridley (w: THE AMERICAN WAY, THE RAZOR’S EDGE)

* Wilfred Santiago (wa: MICHAEL JORDAN: BULL ON PARADE, 21: THE STORY OF ROBERTO CLEMENTE, IN MY DARKEST HOUR)

* Alex Simmons (w: ARCHIE, JUGHEAD, BETTY & VERONICA, BATMAN: ORPHEUS RISING, BLACKJACK)

* Geoffrey Thorne (w: KNIGHT RIDER, JOURNEYMEN, PRODIGAL, STAR TREK)

* Koi Turnbull / Coy Turnbull (p: TERROR INC, FATHOM, EX PARTE)

* Roc Upchurch / John Upchurch (a: VESCELL, RAT QUEENS)

* Vince White (wa: WILL POWER)

P.S. for the future:

* Ta-Nehisi Coates (w: BLACK PANTHER 2016)

Reminder that George Herriman, the creator of the best comic ever, Krazy Kat, was black.

A list by David Brothers naming ALL the black writers who have written more than one issue at the Big Two (circa 2013)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dMiXfPkrDb2Xwhbu38IkvJpNdQiQHmB74gcsr1OCfjQ/edit#gid=0

* Chuck Collins (wa: BOUNCE / a: TRI-BORO TALES)

* Samona Darius / Samona / ScaredOfMonsters (a: SOCIAL SKILLS)

* Dave Dwonch (w: CYRUS PERKINS, VAMPLETS, DOUBLE JUMPERS / wa: SPACE-TIME CONDOMINIUM)

* Chrystin Garland (wa: THE WIND CHILDREN, EXPLORER / a: STEVEN UNIVERSE, ADVENTURE TIME)

* Jerry Gaylord (a: BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN, LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES)

* C. J. Johnson (w: KOBK: KILL OR BE KILLED, SOCIAL SKILLS)

* Emilio Lopez (a: CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS)

* Mildred Louis (wa: AGENTS OF THE REALM, BOUND BLADES)

* Sean Mack / Smack (a: KOBK: KILL OR BE KILLED)

* Mervyn McKoy (a: GIANT ROBOT WARRIOR MAINTENANCE CREW, THE C-LISTERS)

* Keith Miller (w: TRI-BORO TALES)

* Khary Randolph (a: ROBIN WAR, TECH JACKET, CHARISMAGIC, STARBORN)

* Muhammad Rasheed / M. Rasheed (wa: MONSTERS 101)

* Chris Visions (a: DEAD LETTERS)

* Jerome Walford (wa: NOWHERE MAN)

* Brittney Williams (a: GOLDIE VANCE, PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT, SAMURAI JACK)

Bumped into some links where knowledgeable folks may remember more from eyeballing the names, minding they may be black-themed comics and not necessarily black creators (just as with the Glyph Awards):

* http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2015/02/01/2015-month-of-african-american-comics-archive/
* http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/02/01/month-of-african-american-comics-archive/
* http://comicsheatingup.net/2016/01/18/4th-annual-black-comic-fest/
* http://www.blackcomicbookday.com/creators2014.html
* http://blackfolksmakingcomics.tumblr.com/

I would agree with the fact that Orlando Harding is putting out quality work and is breaking new ground! However, many people do not know that he is African American. You need to check his stuff out! You won’t be disappointed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40JcK5NlBvA

I remembered Max Brooks’s HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, whose artist is black:

* Caanan White (a: ÜBER, THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS / p: PTOLUS)

(This last book at Dabel Bros, but I don’t think that lot wrote much themselves.)

Plus:

* Karl Bollers (w: WATSON AND HOLMES, EMMA FROST, MUTIES, X-51, SONIC)

* Ronald Nelson / Ron Nelson (a: (H)AFROCENTRIC/HAFROCENTRIC)

* Juliana Smith / Jules Smith / Jewels Smith (w: (H)AFROCENTRIC/HAFROCENTRIC)

For Ron Wimberly above, he was also the artist of SENTENCES: THE LIFE OF MF GRIMM, and his PROPHET story was #40 (not 42, though chapter 2 of the trade).

(Also, if someone ever asks about Sam Humpries, he once graciously answered, “I am caucasian with hair that sends mixed signals.” at http://samhumphries.tumblr.com/post/108657947697/can-i-ask-a-personal-question-are-you )

And some could be interested in David Brothers’s series of illustrated notices (with a bottom-right “Next page” easy to miss) at http://4thletter.net/category/bhm/

A very interesting go through and some tough choices to make as a lot of my favourite creators were on here. Although I know my tastes are pretty mainstream so will be interesting to see some of the small press titles come up.

It also made me really miss the milestone characters. Titles like Static or Icon were a lot of fun as well as very poignant at times.

A few more?

* Steven Barnes (w: BATMAN, FUSION: THE SOULSTAR COMMISSION)

* Jason Pearson (wa: BODY BAGS / a: DEADPOOL: WADE WILSON’S WAR)

* Jonathan D. Smith / J.D. Smith (a: UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: DRACULA, COLORS IN BLACK / colorist)

* Dwayne Turner (p: THE AUTHORITY, BATMAN: ORPHEUS RISING, SPAWN: THE UNDEAD, POWER OF THE ATOM, CURSE OF THE SPAWN, SOVEREIGN SEVEN, WOLVERINE, CAGE / a: BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER’S PREY)

* Robert L. Washington III / Robert Washington (w: NINJAK, EXTREME JUSTICE, SHADOW CABINET, STATIC)

— European & African black creators with some English releases:

* Yvan Alagbé (wa: C’EST BON ANTHOLOGY)

http://www.tcj.com/the-cage-stands-as-before-the-comics-of-yvan-alagbe/

* Tayo Fatunla / Tayo (wa: OUR ROOTS)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tayo.htm

* Jean-Philippe Kalonji / J.P. Kalonji (wa: NINGEN’S NIGHTMARES, 365 SAMURAI AND A FEW BOWLS OF RICE / a: IN BED)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/n-guessan_marc.htm

* Pat Masioni (a: UNKNOWN SOLDIER: EASY KILL)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/masioni_pat.htm
http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2010/03/11/josh-dysart-picks-his-3-favorite-pages-from-unknown-soldier-vol-1

* Marc N’Guessan (wa: THE QUEST FOR ABERZEN / a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/n-guessan_marc.htm

* Frank Odoi (wa: GOLGOTI)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/o/odoi-frank.htm
http://africacartoons.com/cartoonists/map/kenya/odoi-frank/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Odoi_(cartoonist)

* Themba Siwela (wa: MAJIMBOS)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/siwela_themba.htm

— And some untranslated into English:

* Eric Andriantsialonina / Dwa (wa)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dwa.htm
http://www.africacomics.net/eng_premio_vin0910_andriantsialonina.shtml

* Barly Baruti (a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/baruti_barly.htm

* Adjim Danngar / Achou (wa / a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/danngar_adjim.htm

* Ramón Esono Ebalé / Ramon y Queso (wa / a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/ramon-y-queso.htm
http://www.africacomics.net/eng_premio_vin0506_esono.shtml

* Patrick Essono / Pahé (wa / a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pahe.htm

* Bob Kanza (wa)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kanza_bob.htm
http://africacartoons.com/bob-kanza-vis-ma-vie-de-president-17/

* Didier Kassaï (wa / a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kassai_didier.htm

* Kassi Ngoubeyou Olivier / Kangol (a)

https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kangol.htm

Yogi Deadhead:
“In honor of Black History Month, we will be segregating comic creators by their skin color and judging them.”

Black creators get precious little recognition bc the industry is dominated by white people. This column is not segregation. It’s an attempt to rectify a long time problem in the comics industry. But then when you’re dripping with white privilege, it can be difficult to see the racial issues all around you.

It’s not too late… for another time:

* Tony Akins (p: THE BADGER, DIRK GENTLY, WONDER WOMAN, JACK OF FABLES, HELLBLAZER: PAPA MIDNITE, FABLES)

(There’s a marvelous story behind finding that one, but this margin is too small to contain it!)

LEGEND: Tony Isabella is a black writer.

STATUS: False. (Not that there’d be anything wrong with that!)

* 2001: Error in COMIC BOOK NATION by Bradford W. Wright, calling Isabella “one of the few black writers”.
* 2001: Error addressed by Isabella in CBG #1443, “Okay, yeah, I’m not black. On the other hand, I have written a number of black heroes”, http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/tony/back20010713.shtml
* 2008: Error repeated in AFRICAN AMERICANS AND POPULAR CULTURE edited by Todd Boyd, quoting said Bradford W. Wright.

(Wondering how many people still believe it?)

One last batch for another time? Sure!

* John Aggs (a: DEUS EX: CHILDREN’S CRUSADE, NOUGHTS & CROSSES, RICKY ROUSE HAS A GUN, SILVER SILHOUETTE, JOHN BLAKE / w: ZARA’S CROWN, THE BOSS / wa: ROBOT GIRL)

* Jiba Molei Anderson / Jiba Anderson (wa: THE HORSEMEN)

* Darryl Ayo Brathwaite / Ayo (wa: LITTLE GARDEN COMICS)

* Glenn Brewer (wa: MYTH SMITH, ASKARI HODARI)

* Isaiah Broussard (wa: CRACKERS & WHITE WINE, TRANSYLTOWN)

* Saleem Crawford (i: SOULFIRE, BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, GRIFTER AND MIDNIGHTER, STAR WARS: INFINITIES, PHANTOM GUARD)

* Andrew Dalhouse (i: KADE: SHIVA’S SUN / colorist)

* Phonzie Davis (wa: MEATHAUS, LEFT-HANDED SOPHIE, NEGATIVE TOO)

* Damian Duffy / “Tan Lee” (w: KID CODE, THE HOLE: CONSUMER CULTURE)

* Robert Garrett (w: AJALA, INHERITORS, TOOL-BOI, SEIZE ASYLUM, GALTOW)

* Joel Christian Gill (wa: TALES OF THE TALENTED TENTH, STRANGE FRUIT)

* N. Steven Harris (wa: THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE FRINGE / a: AJALA, WATSON AND HOLMES, VOLTRON / p: AZTEK: THE ULTIMATE MAN)

* Shepherd Hendrix (a: GRAPHIC CLASSICS, STAGGER LEE, RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE)

* Micheline Hess (wa: THE ANANSI KIDS, MALICE IN OVENLAND)

* Leilani Hickerson (a: GRAPHIC CLASSICS, MY HAFU)

* Margarita Hickerson (w: MY HAFU)

* Jerry Hinds / Jerome Hinds (wa: SUPACROSS, SINGAPORE’S GREATEST COMICS)

* Selwyn Seyfu Hinds / Selwyn Hinds (w: DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD, THE UNEXPECTED #1, STRANGE ADVENTURES #1)

* Alan Hubbard (w: MONOCYTE #2)

* Lawrence Hubbard / “Rawdog” / “Raw Dawg” (a: REAL DEAL COMIX/REAL DEAL MAGAZINE)

* John Jennings / John I. Jennings / “Black Kirby” inker (wa: BLUE HAND MOJO / a: THE HOLE: CONSUMER CULTURE / i: KID CODE)

* Ian Jones-Quartey (wa: RPG WORLD)

* Kenjji Jumanne-Marshall / Kenjji Marshall (wa: WITCHDOCTOR)

* Milton Knight / “Lou Hepton” (wa: SLUG ‘N’ GINGER, MIDNITE THE REBEL SKUNK, HUGO / a: GRAPHIC CLASSICS)

* Robert Love (wa: NUMBER 13, BLIND MONKEY STYLE / a: NEVER ENDING, CHOCOLATE THUNDER / p: ALPHA GIRL, FIERCE)

* H.P. McElwee / “R.D. Bone” [1955–1998] (w: REAL DEAL COMIX/REAL DEAL MAGAZINE)

* Mac McGill / Mac (wa: SONG FOR KATRINA, WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED [HOMELAND, CRACKED])

* Marcus McLaurin / Marc McLaurin (w: CAGE [LUKE CAGE: SECOND CHANCES], THE PUNISHER)

* Arie Monroe (wa: DRAW LIKE CRAZY, TORNADO ALLEY / a: SMUT PEDDLER, GRAPHIC CLASSICS)

* Devaki Neogi [India] (a: CURB STOMP, MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL, ZOMBIE BROADWAY)

* Yumy Odom (a: BLACK COMIX)

* Ken Patterson (a: BLACK COMIX)

* Stacey Robinson / “Black Kirby” penciller (p: KID CODE)

* Richard Santiago II (wa: BROKEN GLASS)

* Stan Shaw / Stanley Shaw / Stanley W. Shaw (wa: SUNGLASSES AFTER DARK, THAT’S MR. PAINTER TO YOU in DHP, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, REAL STUFF / a: GRAPHIC CLASSICS, BILLY NGUYEN PRIVATE EYE)

* Dietrich Smith / Dietrich O. Smith (a: SHAFT, ARMY OF DARKNESS, TINCAN MAN / p: BLAZE BROTHERS, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, THE NEXT, OUTSIDERS)

* Rob Stull (i: DELLEC, FIRESTORM, NEW MUTANTS, IRON MAN, TELLOS, SLINGERS, X-FORCE, SPIDER-MAN)

* Kevin J. Taylor / Kevin Taylor (wa: THE GIRL, JILL PART-TIME LOVER)

* Whit Taylor / Whitney Taylor (wa: THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS, GHOST, SATURN RETURN, BOXES, MADTOWN HIGH, WATERMELON)

* Titus V. Thomas / Titus Thomas (a: GRAPHIC CLASSICS, EVERYBODY EATS LUNCH)

* Lance Tooks (wa: LUCIFER’S GARDEN OF VERSES, NARCISSA, MUTHAFUCKA, DIVIDED BY INFINITY, DANGER FUNNIES / a: THE GRAPHIC CANON, GRAPHIC CLASSICS)

* Rich Watson / Richard Watson (wa: IMAGINATION ROCKET, THE PATH, CELEBRITY, RAT)

* Jim Webb / James Webb (wa: THE ADVERSARY / a: GRAPHIC CLASSICS, LADY JUSTICE, ELVIRA)

* Larry Welch (i: WITCHBLADE, MORTAL KOMBAT & BRUCE LEE, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, PROTOTYPE, PROTECTORS)

* Masheka Wood (a: BLACK COMIX, GRAPHIC CLASSICS)

(Most via AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLASSICS, BLACK COMIX, and OTHER HEROES.)

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