On *Not* Being a Liketivist

SlacktivismAs a black person who’s like science fiction, comics and other geeky things, it’s sometimes easy to sound like a broken record: “Why don’t any of these characaters look like me?” “Why is the black person the sidekick?” “Why is the black woman here to be sassy comic relief?” And the biggest, most over-asked question of them all: “When is [insert other mainstream nerdy interest group here aka Marvel, DC, Hollywood, etc.] going to start taking us seriously?” Well, for me, 2015 was the year of taking us seriously. And 2016 will be the same. Continue reading “On *Not* Being a Liketivist”

Maia “Crown” Williams, Creator of Detroit’s MECCAcon

image4Maia “Crown” Williams is a busy woman. In addition to founding and running MECCAcon, Detroit’s newest black arts and comics convention, Maia also owns three other businesses (Amonyet Enterprises, Crown’s Royalties and Cooking Ciphers), working year round to build her entrepreneurial empire in the Motor City. Midwest BSFA recently caught up with her during a (small) break in her schedule to found out what motivates her, artistically speaking. (Spoiler alert: it’s independent comics and art.) Continue reading “Maia “Crown” Williams, Creator of Detroit’s MECCAcon”

Interview with Sebastian A. Jones of Stranger Comics

1936019_141584425729_7334247_nSebastian A. Jones, president of Stranger Comics, is the mastermind behind The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, the dark fantasy comic which follows story of the Stranger and his bloody quest for revenge. We talked to Sebastian about his nerdy beginnings, independent comics publishing in a franchise-driven environment and his Kickstarter campaign to turn The Untamed into a hardcover graphic novel. Continue reading “Interview with Sebastian A. Jones of Stranger Comics”