Saturday, December 29, 2012

Milestones Exhibit Coming to Baltimore in 2013


Official Press Release



Up until now there has been no serious attempt to showcase African Americans in the world of comic books, and the impact of their creative excellence, which has been a mainstay of the industry for as long as comics have been an American art form. That will change during Black History Month 2013 as Geppi's Entertainment Museum (GEM) presents Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond, a major special exhibit developed and curated by Michael Davis, co-founder of Milestone Media.

The special exhibit will run from February 1, 2013 until March 1, 2014 and it will feature not only the work of mainstream Black creators, but also that of those who consider themselves outside the mainstream, and even those who want nothing to do with the mainstream.

Major comic book publishers such as Marvel, DC and Dark Horse will have sections devoted to them and their efforts over the years to level the racial playing field, as well as the mistakes made along the way.

Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond will be about the vast talent and wonderful innovation that came from (or were influenced by) African Americans, and it will also showcase the important contributions of publishing executives at companies such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. This special exhibit will embrace the totality of Black comics.

With a significant focus on Black creators and their art, the exhibit will pull together experts, essayists, filmmakers and creators from inside and outside the world of comic books to fully explore the successes, failures and expectations for the future of this vital component of our national fabric.
"In many ways African American culture is pop culture. This show will shine a spotlight on a segment of Black creativity rarely seen by the mainstream," said Michael Davis.

"As this year's Black History Month winds down, it seemed fitting to announce this momentous project on Leap Day, a particular day that only comes every four years. There will be plenty of details to reveal about this special exhibit in the coming months, but I can say without a doubt that Black History Month 2013 will be a landmark set of dates at Geppi's Entertainment Museum," said Melissa Bowersox, Executive Vice-President of GEM.

"Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture, and Beyond offers irrefutable evidence of African Americans' profound contribution to the comic book medium and the vital role that Black super heroes have played in shaping its unique, ongoing narrative. In a world where race matters, the true beauty of this exhibit is those moments when it is utterly irrelevant and all that matters is the pure wonder of creation," said Axel Alonso, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics.

"Growing up an avid comic book kid in the late ‘70s - early ‘80s, the impact of seeing someone who looked like me in a comic book was just as important as seeing someone who looked like me on the big screen or TV. I remember being so stoked at seeing Falcon, Luke Cage, and Black Panther. Finally we had our Supermen and things would never be the same again. I didn't have to fight other kids on the playground to be Batman! I had a choice," said actor and comedian Wayne Brady.

"If comics are modern mythology, then black participation and representation is crucial. The Milestones exhibit will document those dreams on paper through the years," said filmmaker and comic book writer Reggie Hudlin.

"The black experience in the comic art medium is virtually incognito: we do not list talent's race in our credits, nor should we. But there are thousands of young black writers and artists struggling to perfect their craft who are deeply in need of role models. This show is the perfect vehicle, and I can think of no better person to put that together than my good friend and collaborator, Michael Davis," said Mike Gold, Editor-in-Chief of ComicMix.com.

About Geppi's Entertainment Museum Geppi's Entertainment Museum is a journey through 250 years of American pop culture, located in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland.

Geppi's Entertainment Museum
301 W Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 625-7060
Fax: (410) 625-7090

Thursday, August 9, 2012

"BLACK KIRBY" THE EXHIBIT

Coming this September to Jackson State University's Liberal Arts Building. 

The illustrations of Jack Kirby have inspired an entire generation of artists both inside the comics medium and beyond.  Talented illustrators and writers in their own right, John Jennings and Stacy “Blackstar” Robinson team up to create a visual homage to the legendary comic creator. The exhibit is titled "Black Kirby" and is described as "An exhibit celebrating the incredible work of Jack Kirby and his contributions to the pop culture landscape, while remixing his style, forms and ideas to explore themes like Afro-futurism, social justice, representation, and magical realism. It uses the culture of hip-hop as a methodology for creating visual communication."

Scheduled for September 2012

Among many other projects of note, Jack Kirby wrote and drew the original Black Panther series in 1977.

Image by Stacy “Blackstar” Robinson (Artist and creator of the comic book, "Abraham - The Young Lion")

Image by John Jennings (Educator, illustrator and creator of the graphic novel "The Hole: Consumer Culture")


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Black Actions Tees

Just came across this site. Some of the coolest T-Shirts on the web! Check out BlackActionTees.com


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Books that rocked the 2012 Glyph Awards

The 2012 Glyph Awards have been announced. Special thanks to all the nominees, as all the books were strong this year. Here are the winners which were announced at the May 18th ECBACC Glyph Awards.


Story of the Year Princeless, Jeremy Whitley, writer, Mia Goodwin, artist

Best Writer Jeremy Whitley, Princeless

Best Artist Sara Pichelli, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man

Best Male Character Miles Morales, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist; inspired by the character created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

Best Female Character Adrienne, Princeless; created by Jeremy Whitley, writer, and Mia Goodwin, artist

Rising Star Award Whit Taylor, Watermelon

Best Cover Chew #27, Rob Guillory, illustrator

Best Comic Strip or Webcomic Fungus Grotto, Ms. Shatia Hamilton, story and art

Friday, May 18, 2012

ECBACC 2012 This Weekend!

Opening Reception & Glyph Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 18, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
location: African American Museum of Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(Free to the public)

ECBACC Convention - 2012Saturday, May 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
location: The Enterprise Center,
4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139
$10 Admission for Teens and Adults
(kids 12 and under FREE when accompanied by paying adult).