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BLACK #1

Written by: Kwanza Osajyefo

Designed by: Tim Smith 3

Art by: Jamal Igle

Cover by: Khary Randolph

In Stores: October 5th

 


“BLACK follows Kareem Jenkins, a young black teenager who gets racially profiled and gunned down by police only to discover that he is one of many black people with superpowers.”

COMICS ALLIANCE

 

BLACK began its life as a Kickstarter seeking to raise $29,999 and ultimately earned almost $100,000.
When it finally launches in comic shops, we believe it’s going to make a serious impact.

WHAT IS IT?

In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers?

After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.

X-Men meets The Wire, BLACK’s Kickstarter blazed through Black History Month 2016 earning more than three time its funding goal.

“There is, unfortunately, no better time for a comic book like BLACK to be announced and created than right now, because the visual of the young Black man wearing a hoodie and being confronted by the gun(s) of police officers is burned into our collective conscience.
It is the image of one of the most prevalent and gross generalizations of our times.”

-Comic Book Resources

WHO MADE IT?

Kwanza Osajyefo

Creator and author of BLACK, Kwanza Osajyefo was a digital editor at both Marvel and DC Comics – best known for launching the latter’s Zuda imprint, which published series like the award-winning Bayou, High Moon, Night Owls, as well as Superton, Celadore, Black Cherry Bombshells, Bottle of Awesome, and I Rule the Night. 

Kwanza Osajyefo
Tim Smith 3
Co-creator and designer of BLACK, Tim Smith 3 (A.K.A. TS3), has been working in the comic industry for over 15 years. He created and self-published Red After the Party, and has worked on hit titles for publishers such as Marvel, Archie, and DC, just to name a few!
Tim Smith 3

Jamal Igle
Recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. He’s penciled everything from indie faves to Marvel and DC hits, including a beloved run on Supergirl.

Jamal Igle
Khary Randolph
Since graduating from School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration, Khary’s been involved in TV, marketing, and comics. The cover artist for BLACK, he’s worked on everything from TMNT to The Boondocks and Hellboy, as well as designs for Brooklyn Brewery – most recently he’s working on Mosaic for Marvel. 
Khary Randolph

“A story like BLACK is still important, and necessary… It may attract one demographic more than others, but it parallels current events – so it is a universal story.”

-The Washington Post

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