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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 11

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    1990'S Critically acclaimed comic book, Brothermand: Dictator of Dicipline has been more than just entertainment. Brotherman has served to be an intellectual ignition for entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, cultural awareness, and positive self-esteem. From the moment Brotherman hit the streets, a generation of artists and would be artists saw that depictions of themselves was not only possible but cool. They realized the not only did they have stories to tell but now a different and unique vehicle to tell it.


    They found the confidence that imagesof heroism, strentgh, intellect and love, was neither monolithic nor absent from their own images. The impact of Brotherman has and continues to be the creative catalyst for people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and nationalities; There is a truth that transcends boundaries and enpowers.


     

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 10

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    Stroman was interested in comic books from a very young age; until he could afford to buy them himself he would read comics handed down to him from his brother or loaned from his friends. He began his career with the goal of becoming a comic book artist, but wound up working as a dreaftsman and eventually working as a portrait artist. Stroman's earliest work in the American book industry began in 1985 , when illustrated back-up stories in First Comics' American Flagg #21-23 and Worlds Finest Comics #316-317 for DC Comics. He then illustrated Alien Legion vol.2 #10-20 for Marvel comics. His association with Marvel Comics Alien Legion would lead to contributing work to Alpha Flight Annual, Cloak and Dagger, and Ghost Rider.


    Stroman joined writer Peter David as a fill in artist for the series X-Factor, but was soon offered X-Factor as a regular assignment and given approval to redesign the characters' costumes and overall appearance as he saw fit. Following the end of the X-Factor run, he drew a number of other books, sch as Wolverine,Punisher and Darkstars.


    In 1993, Stroman and writer Todd Johnson co-created the Image Comics series Tribe, which is the largest selling African American created comic of all time. The sales for issue #1 exceeded the one million mark. After the title Tribe was canceled due to the Image comics shakeup, Stroman and Johnson formed Axis Comics to continue publication of Tribe, but the company closed after publishing nine issues. Stroman has continues to this day contributing to the Marvel universe.

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 9

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    Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods who got her start through self- publishing her action-fantasy comic series  "Millenia Wars" while attending the International Academy of Design and Technology. Afterearning her degree in Film and Animation she traveled to Kyoto, Japan where she presented her work in a gallery showcase called."Out of Sequence". After returning to the states, her work from her comics were included in the " Black Comix" compilation table top book which was used in college courses at various universities internationlly. When Ashley isnt working, she enjoys playing vieo games and studying Japanese.
     

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 8

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    Join us in our interview conversation with Abdul H. Rashid, A native of Flint Michigan. He is a graphic illustrator, creator, and developer of intellectual properties that focuses in the Sci- Fi, Action- Adventure, and Horror. Abdul Rashid works is feature in the Marvwel comics distributed New Gen series, and he is currently collaborating with various creative studios in New York and California on other genre related projects. Being a freelance artist 15 years Abdul has worked to develop stories and concepts that contribute to a wider and broader expansion of an imaginative uuniverse in the industry. Striving to push this initiative further, and making more diverse characters that represent the multi-cultural society, Mr. Rashid works to develop more "iconic- level" characters that enhances the reacc mythology within the industry. At the same time, being from the Mid-West, AHRV will work to add to the growing surge of creative output coming from that region of the country

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 6

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    Kamron Reynolds was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's Been drawing comic books since he was in Elementary School. Ifluenced by books, music, movies and pop culture. Kamron has been drawing and writing his own independent comics for the last 8 years. He attended Eastern Michigan University where he received a bachelors in Graphic Design. With A knack for illustration and Kamron has vowed to continue his dream of creating comics people can really sink their teeth into.

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 7

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    Kenjji grew up in Detroit’s Rosedale Park neighborhood, went to Catholic school for eight years, and later attended University of Detroit Mercy and Western Michigan University, where he studied art.

    Kenjji dropped his surname because of its connection to slavery and its consequent “unpretty history.”

    He was first inspired to create comics after reading Brotherman, one of the first independent comic books featuring a Black superhero, which was published in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

    “I decided it was time to reinstate books like Brotherman, which I found so influential and appealing, and the first thing I had to do was create a character that was just as cool as Brotherman,” he explains.

    “I wanted to do a character with cornrows — that was the look. Around the time I was working this out, D’Angelo [noted for his cornrows] came out with his album Voodoo, which gave me the inspiration to start researching Voodoo as a background for this character.”

    Hence the birth of his protagonist, who was named after a “super-suave friend” by the name of Jovan who lived on Carrington Street.

    Kenjji is a strickler for detail, and wanted his book to paint an authentic picture of Voodoo. He extensively researched the history of the misunderstood practice, devouring books and studying under a Voodoo priestess who runs an informational Web site about the practice and history of Voodoo.

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 14 featuring Turtel Onli

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    The internationally experienced, Chicago based Prof. Onli is known for his advocacy of the growing Black Age of Comics Movement. He stated as a major market illustrator the became an Indie Publisher in 1981 with ONLI STUDIO'S "NOG": The Protector of the Pyramids". Turtel is also a former art therapist and art educator from Chicago Public schools. Onli refers to his creative style as being "Rhythmistic". His art illustrations expand the notion of Blackness while addressing the impact of the mainstream. Exploration and genre making. He is known to act more as "we" instead of as "me". His operations is ONLI STUDIOS..

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 4

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    A Conversation/ Interview with Yorli Huff, the Creator of Engendered Strentghs SuperHero Huff.... One of the few African-American undercover agents in the task force, Huff excelled at her work, but her rise to the top brought with it racism and discrimination. In 1997, after trying unsuccessfully to deal with that discrimination on her own, Huff made history when she filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, a battle which took her eleven years to win. A powerful international motivational speaker that is an entrepreneur at heart, Huff is the owner of Just For You Balloons, a balloon decorating company which she established in 1992, which she established in 2008. Also in 2008, Yorli Huff became the Founder, President, and CEO of Engendering Strength, Inc., a company devoted to inspiring and empowering women.  Yorli Huff’s first book, The Veil of Victory, an account of her life from childhood to her victory over the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, was published in October 2010. She is currently at work on her second book, Testimony Time; a Superhero Huff comic book; a feature film based on The Veil of Victory; t-shirt lines; and a National motivational speaker.  Yorli Huff has been featured on Allison Payne’s People to People segment, Monique Caradine show, Perspectives, the Cliff Kelly talk radio show on WVON, Lamont Brown Speaks and South Africa’s SABC radio. Ms. Huff has just returned from South Africa on a powerful speaking tour to empower, encourage and enlighten the people on matters of discrimination and abuse. She is also the recipient of the “Remarkable Women” award from America’s Time Out for Youth, Inc. She was honored as a “2011 Women on Top of Her Game” by American’s Time Out for Youth, Inc.


     

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 12 with Arvell Jones

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    An interview and conversation with Arvell Jones Co- Creator of Misty Knight. Arvell Malcolm Jones has been drawing comics for a long time, his earliest work appears in Marvel Comics' Marvel Premiere #20-22 (Jan.- May 1975), drawing the martial arts superhero Iron Fist. He also co-created the character Misty Knight, along with Tony Isabella. He's drawn Marvel titles such as, Deathlok, Thor, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Avengers, Daredevil, Captain America and more. Jones worked on  DC comics on short 10 page stories for DC specials and Giant Books of  Legion of Super Heroes before getting his own series Super- Team Family, 1976-77 which the majority of issues were reprinted as the countdown special in the mid 2000's, he also worked on the All-Star Squadron in the mid 80's, penciling the majority of issues released between 1985-1987 while working at a local Detroit TV Station designing news graphics, animation and promotions. He returned to comics to drawfill-in issues of Blood Syndicate, Hardware, before co- creating and drawing the first 6 issues of Kobalt for Milestone Media Inc.. In 1995he co-founded a publicly traded company, and ran an internet developement company. He's worked as a producer for TV shows such as Totally Twisted Flix, The Movie Show Plus, DocU-This and then held the title of Vice President of Development fo Colours TV, He is also Adjunct Falculty in the Illustration Department at the College for Creative Studies. Between all of that he still finds time to teach and mentor interested artistsworking in the comic field where he co-created the 15 year old running Comic Art Workshop. He returned to comics to work on two Indy titles to be released soon. For more on the Arvell's artwork visit http://www.comicbook-art.com/arvelljones

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 3

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    JOHN JENNINGS is an Associate Professor of Art and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo-State University of New York. He is the co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, Vol. 1 and the art collection Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture (both with Damian Duffy). Jennings is also the co-editor of The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem, MLK NorCal's Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco, and the AstroBlackness colloquium in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Jennings' current comics projects include the Hiphop adventure comic Kid Code: Channel Zero, the supernatural crime noir story Blue Hand Mojo, and the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred.

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    Chronicles of the Revolutionary Nerd 2

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    A discussion with Abdullah Qadiim Haqq about His Comic Brand Crescent Comics Jihad, Mustafah Khan and his works within the Techno Music industry...