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…
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.
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.
The New York City subway in the 80s was a completely different experience than what we have today. Apparently riders often engaged in some sort of archaic wall-writing art form called graffiti that…