A while back—as I was combing through Comics Alliance for anything interesting enough to take up the free time I had from studies—I came across an interview regarding a book called Prince of Cats by writer-artist Ron Wimberly. The thing that caught my eye first was the preview art from the book at…
I just realized that I'd meant to send you a message ages ago, so anyway. I heard about Prince Of Cats right before it came out, I bought it the day it was released, and two days later I finished reading it and cried like a child. Then I made my friends buy copies of it. It's one of the best comics I've ever read, the art is fantastic, and it means a lot to me. Thank you for writing it. ^^
Man! Thanks, that made my day. I’m so thirsty for affirmation it’s ridiculous. Thanks though. Thanks for reading it. Thanks for reaching out.
Hi, Are you the creator of the Prince of Cats comic? I just saw the comic for the first time at my local comic store and I think it's dope! What advice would you give an aspiring comic writer and illustrator that is trying to bring African American characters to the mainstream comic world?
I’m glad you saw it, let alone enjoyed it.
I can’t really tell you how to “bring African American characters to the mainstream” as I haven’t done so yet and if I had I am not sure I’d be able to recall or recreate the phenomenon. That said, if you have a genuine desire to make comics about black people. I’d say drawing a lot, reading a lot and living a lot is a great way to start. The first two things I mentioned will give you the tools you need to make the comics. The smarter the tools the better equipped you’ll be when you actually have something to say. Which brings me to the third in that list, living life is important. Observing the world around you will help you avoid the pitfalls of just regurgitating the broken representations that are already out there.
The tricky part is the “mainstream” part. I’d say your best bet at that is to be a white writer.
Nearly everyone who is gonna get a physical copy of Prince of Cats maybe got a copy of Prince of Cats.
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Im planning on writing a comic that will be very hip-hop influenced. So I was wondering if you knew of any comics that translate hip-hop or any style of music to the reader successfully?