The new HBO show Lovecraft Country premiered last Sunday, Aug. 16, to the delight of many. We at Midwest BSFA are fully on board and ready to see where the show takes us! Founding member Renee Tecco gives us her thoughts on it before the second episode picks up where we left off tonight. [NOTE: What follows is an in-depth review of the first episode for those who don’t have or plan on getting HBO and didn’t watch it on YouTube. Consider yourself warned!]
During the extremely long break we took from working on this blog last year and earlier this year, we were up to lots of things, including moderating a graphic novel panel at Books by the Banks and throwing a The Wiz-themed roller skating party for Halloween. One of us even served as a model for a comic book character. MeSseD revolves around Lilliput, a Filipina sewer worker who fights monsters underground while trying to keep the sewers clear. Late last year, our co-founder Aiesha was asked to be the character model for Fat Mucket, a badass Amanda Waller type who’s the manager of operations at the sewer district where Lilliput works. Dylan Speeg (the comic’s illustrator) took a bunch of reference photos of her, which he’s using to draw the scenes the Fat Mucket appears in in the comic’s third season, which drops later this year. When she asked how she should dress for the shoot, Jay Kalagayan (the writer/creator) said to wear “office clothes.” Would Fat Mucket give the girls a wide leg trouser and a peplum top with a hint of boob window while lettin’ the choppa spray? YES, SHE WOULD! If you haven’t heard of the comic, you can check out seasons 1 and 2 now at www.messedcomics.com.
We recently talked to Newton Lilavois of Dream Fury Comics about his supernatural comic Crescent City Monsters. The story follows Jonas, a blues musician and sorcerer practicing Creole Magic, who’s determined to track down who put out a bounty on him. Continue reading “Interview with Comic Book Writer Newton Lilavois”
Did you miss Aiesha on the “Finding Creative Inspiration in History” panel at Super Heroines Con? You watch it and other virtual panels from the event on the Super Heroines Etc. YouTube page!
A little over a week after her “Steampunk Aesthetics Through a Black Lens” panel at Michigan Magick and Machine on July 25, our co-founder, Aiesha, will be on a panel at the first-ever Super Heroines Con! The virtual convention, which takes place Aug. 3-9, will celebrate feminist creators with panels and events every night. Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Co-Founder to Participate in Super Heroines Con”
We recently spoke with Aziza the Graphic Novelist about her first comic, the horror tale, The Kaaiman’s Cry! The newbie comics creator told us about how she learned the art and her future goals. Continue reading “Interview with Aziza the Graphic Novelist”
Midwest BSFA members and supporters will participate in a panel called Steampunk Aesthetics Through A Black Lens on Saturday, July 25, at 1 p.m. EST as part of the virtual convention Michigan Magick and Machine (July 24-26)! Black people and other POC interested in steampunk are doing so within a Eurocentric framework that doesn’t really take us into account. Panelists will explore their character back stories and how they navigate the space while still managing to have fun. Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Organizes Panel for Virtual Convention”
In honor of the launch of the Ngolo Diaspora #1 Kickstarter campaign, co-creator Balogun Ojetade wrote this origin story for the characters Malcolm and Jamela! Ngolo is an African martial arts comic book series based on a screenplay of the same name by Ojetade and Milton Davis.
“You know, Wayne Shorter’s really into sci-fi,” local trumpet player Mike Wade told me.
But if anyone took even a cursory glance at Shorter’s late ’70s/early ’80s catalog, the only answer is “duh.”
I asked Mike to give me his top Shorter tunes: “Fall,” “Visitor from Somewhere,” “Infant Eyes,” “Visitor from Nowhere” and “Memory of Enchantment.”
“The titles are futuristic, and Wayne and his cast of musicians that perform this incredible music are playing within that manner,” Wade said. “Always reaching, never settling!”