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12 Blaxploitation Movies That Are Terrible, But Actually Are Blaxploitation

October 25, 2019

The more I think about it, the more that Variety article on blaxploitation films infuriates me. I’ve always defined blaxploitation two ways. First, is as an era. Blaxploitation lasted from 1970 to 1979, and if you wanted to get a bit liberal with the timeline, you could start as early as 1968 (to include movies…

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12 Blaxploitation Films to REALLY Know

October 25, 2019

I don’t want to be that person…I really don’t. I don’t want to be the writer who publicly shames another writer, the publication they work for, and the editor they answer to…but I’m gonna do it anyway…because…well…some things just need to called out. With the release of DOLEMITE IS MY NAME on Netflix, someone at…

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New York Comic Con 2019

September 25, 2019

I will be at the New York Comic Con this year — look for me in Artist Alley at table G-29. I will have copies of my new self-published series ONE FALL, as well as a bunch of other stuff (including some FREE* gifts). I will also be moderating two different panels — Afropunks &…

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DISCOMBOBULATED: The Teaser (a.k.a. The Return of Discombobulated)

September 6, 2019

After a ridiculously long hiatus, DISCOMBOBULATED will return in December 2019 with all new strips written by yours truly, featuring art by DJ Parnell (and the occasional guest artists). Look for more announcements soon. Until then, here’s a teaser of what is to come.

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WRITING COMICS: Letting Go of the Words

August 22, 2019

Writers…oh, how we love our words. The problem is that in comics it isn’t just about the words, it is also about the pictures. As a writer, sometimes I forget that the words aren’t as important as they seemed when I wrote them. When I got the gig writing PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS, it…

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WRITING COMICS: The Return of DISCOMBOBULATED

August 15, 2019

For the last few years I have been teaching ‘Writing for Comics’ at Portland State University (often co-teaching with my dear friend, Brian Michael Bendis). For the class mid-term the students are required to create their own web comic. After years of telling students to make a web comic, I decided to create my own,…

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WRITING COMICS: FUNKYTOWN and the Dolemite Comic That Never Was

August 13, 2019

My first full-length comic book story was a 32-page, self-published story called FUNKYTOWN that appeared in the pages of my magazine, BadAzz Mofo. FUNKYTOWN was my homage to blaxploitation, mixed with comedy (at least my idea of comedy at the time), and a bit horror. It was the tale of a private detective named Brick…

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WRITING COMICS: NIGHTHAWK, Part 3: Tilda Johnson and the Art of Compromise

August 12, 2019

The best part of writing NIGHTHAWK – the part that was always fun and gratifying – was the character Tilda Johnson (a.k.a. Nightshade, a.k.a. Deadly Nightshade). For decades, Tilda has been a ridiculous character – a genius robotics expert that works with werewolves, and frequently wore a leather bikini. When it came to black women…

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WRITING COMICS: NIGHTHAWK, Part 2: Finding the Villain

August 7, 2019

As I mentioned in my previous post, NIGHTHAWK was my first regular series at Marvel, even though it came out second. I started developing NIGHTHAWK back in May of 2015, but the first issue would not come out until May 25, 2016 – more than a year later. In that time, the series underwent considerable…

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WRITING COMICS: NIGHTHAWK, Part 1

August 5, 2019

NIGHTHAWK was my first series for Marvel, even though it did not come out first. As I was developing NIGHTHAWK, I also got the job writing POWER MAN & IRON FIST, which was given top priority. As a result, NIGHTHAWK went on the back-burner for a while, and came out after POWER MAN & IRON…

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