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.
It’s Black Speculative Fiction Month and I wanted to highlight some of the projects I’m supporting this month! Continue reading “Projects I’m Supporting, Part Eight”
Happy spring (or “Happy second winter,” depending on your location)! I’m closing out the first quarter of 2018 off strong with new crowdfunding projects I’m supporting. Here’s the latest round! Continue reading “Projects I’m Supporting, Part Six”
It’s Black Speculative Fiction Month and there are some great African speculative fiction crowdfunding campaigns going on right now. Check them out! Continue reading “African Speculative Fiction Crowdfunding Campaigns”
Midwest BSFA is participating in a panel on cyberfunk at Pandoracon this fall! What is cyberfunk? Like the genre from which it gains inspiration, cyberpunk, cyberfunk is a genre of speculative fiction centered on the transformative effects of advanced science, information technology, computers and networks (“cyber”) coupled with a breakdown or radical change in the social order. Unlike cyberpunk, however, cyberfunk is expressed through an African/Black lens (“funk”). The “Cyberfunk: Cyberpunk from an African-American Perspective” panel will feature Milton Davis, the editor of the cyberfunk anthology The City, via Skype. Pandoracon, Nov. 11-13, Blue Ash, OH, http://thepandorasociety.com/pandoracon/
As 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”
We recently talked to Balogun Ojetade – author, master instructor of indigenous African martial arts, screenwriter, film director, tabletop role-playing game designer, traditional African priest – about his new anthology, Rococoa. Continue reading “Interview with Balogun Ojetade”
Georgia-based indie writer Milton Davis is raising money for Changa and the Jade Obelisk, a sword and soul animated adventure based on his novel Changa’s Safari. In the first episode, Changa, a young prince vowing to seek revenge for the death of his father and free his family and people from captivity, faces off against the sorceress Bahati and her evil horde of Hyena Men. We caught up with Davis as he prepared to participate in several panel discussions at this year’s DragonCon and asked him to tell us more about how he creates. Continue reading “Interview with Writer Milton Davis”