Weekly Update #2

black comics festOkay, I know, it’s only the second week of what I promised would be weekly updates, and I’m already behind schedule. Such is the life of a creative genius. This past weekend I was in New York City for the Second Annual Black Comics Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. It was an amazing weekend, and definitely a highpoint in these adventures I call my life. I managed to sell out of both Super Justice Force and Number 13, the graphic novel I co-wrote with Robert Love for Dark Horse Comics. I reconnected with several old friends, met a ton of amazing people, and got to meet Super Justice Force cover artist Mshindo Kuumba in person. The best part of the festival was meeting and talking to people about The Adventures of Darius Logan, and spreading the word of what I’m doing with these books. This is about more than just superheroes (although that’s a huge part of it), it is about representation in popular entertainment. People of color are under-represented in popular entertainment and even more under-represented when it comes to positive imagery. This is especially true for black male teenagers, who have been largely criminalized by society. I created The Adventures of Darius Logan in an effort to put forth a more positive image of black teens, as well as creative a fictional universe populated with a diverse cast of characters.

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