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Black Comix creators get their due — and a coffee table book! (Interview)

By BOB ANDELMAN (email)
Mr. Media Radio

This show has always put out the welcome mat for black cartoonists, from daily strippers such as Ray Billingsley and Charlos Gary to editorial artists such as David G. Brown, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon Croft and Dr. Yaounde Olu.

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So as soon as I saw the announcement of a new collection of African-American cartoonists curated by John Jennings and Damian Duffy, I had to find space for a discussion of Black Comix –that’s comix with an X—on the show.

If you love comics – the kind that end in X or not – you’ll find a lot to admire in this primer to a group of outstanding craftsmen—and craftswomen. Some of the artists have reached the mainstream, but many more have not. Some of the work is gorgeous, some a little more subject to personal tastes. But it matters not, as Jennings and Duffy shine a bright light on a group of professional who deserve more time at center stage.

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http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=andelmancom&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0984190651&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHear it now!JOHN JENNINGS audio excerpt: “We think of the book as an entry point for people into black comix culture. We try to make it easy for people who find artists they like in Black Comix with websites to learn more.” 

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You can LISTEN to this interview with DAMIAN DUFFY and JOHN JENNINGS, co-authors of BLACK COMIX, by clicking the audio player above or WATCH on the video player below!

http://player.vimeo.com/video/15475917
Black Comic historians Damian Duffy and John Jennings talk to Mr. Media (072910) from Bob Andelman on Vimeo.

  

Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including ‘The Profiler’ with Pat Brown, ‘Built From Scratch’ with the founders of The Home Depot, and ‘Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.’ • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.

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