PREVIEW: "SHAFT: Imitation of Life" #4

Yeah, you want to look at this SHAFT: Imitation of Life preview right quick?

"I ain't stressin' no depression. I'ma learn to rejoice. The world is overcome already, I'm just usin' my voice..." -Krum

Currently at the library bumping that Bare Knuckle Gospel, a fine example of Dallas hip hop from Krum (the artist formerly known as Playdough) and the mighty deejay Rob Viktum, in my headphones.  I'm listening to it for the first time right now, and really enjoying it.  I'm not sure when I will have time to properly review it, so here you go:

Respect the Architects: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Spanish master comic book artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez moved comics forward with realistic anatomy, brilliant layouts, and attention to detail. He helped define the DC standard look for generations.

You probably had his art on a t-shirt or a lunchbox or a pillow case as a kid.

Preview some new pages from the incredible wrassling comic BAMN!

My man Troy-Jeffery Allen sent me a press release and some preview art for his fun-filled wrestling webcomic BAMN.  Peep...

A list of the characters in that DARE: SHOOK cover concept from my sketchbook archives

Nobody asked me who the characters were in this drawing when I posted it on Twitter, but I will geek out about my art even if you don't, so here's a list- top to bottom, left to right- of characters in this drawing of teen action hero Darius "Dare" Davidson.

That damn @DanLish1... ain't Nuthin' ta f*!k wit...

As an illustrator learning to better myself through positive thinking, I've learned not to compare my work to that of other artists.  For example, I NEVER EVER measure myself against the brilliance produced by dudes like Brighton-based drawing machine Dan Lish.  'Cause THAT mofo can draw his ASS off...

"Riddick" and more drawings by birthday boy, Tony Delane Morris! (((airhorn)))

Riddick by Tony Delane Morris
Just wanted to wish a quick happy 50th birthday to Dallas area cartoonist and caricaturist Tony Delane Morris.  No better way to do that than by sharing some of his incredible, fun-filled drawings. So for starters, peep this fresh drawing of Vin Diesel as everyone's favorite unstoppable antihero, Riddick. Dope, right? More below...

New CAGE AND FIST comic by @DavidWalker1201 and @SanfordGreene shows what @MARVEL is getting right (and wrong)

NOTE: Luke Cage doesn't like being called Powerman anymore, so I will be referring to the new  Powerman and Iron Fist series by David Walker and Sanford Green as Cage and Fist.  You should too...

That dude @KharyRandolph dropped some dope ass sketches at #C2E2!!!!

 I didn't make it to the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this year because poverty, but one of our favorite artists, the mighty Khary Randolph (BLACK, Starborn, Charismagic), was in full effect.  He shared these sketch joints on social media, and I HAD to bless you with 'em in case you are poor like me.

John Shaft is sick of that bullshit money...

As a freelancer I can tell you... Nothing is worse than being known for providing excellent work in a kind of gig you hate doing.  Feeling stuck earning bullshit money.  David Walker and Dietrich Smith evoke the struggle in Shaft: Imitation of Life #2...

Recently discovered the video for the @SeanPrice single "Haraam"...

Y'all already know I fux with RUCK, aka the late great Sean Price, right? Right.  So, I ran across Haraam on a mixtape promoting his album Mic Tyson a few years ago, but I had no idea there was a video for it until YouTube rolled into it while I was writing that post about King Kong...  Now this shit is in heavy rotation at Starbucks the GhettoManga office! 

In stores TODAY: Zander Cannon's KAIJUMAX: Season One trade paperback

I haven't read nearly enough of Zander Cannon's work, but I LOVED his work on SMAX (no relation), the spinoff of Alan Moore's superhero cop drama TOP TEN.  Cannon is an incredible cartoonist,so based on this preview I think i need to get my hands on this KAIJUMAX paperback...

#nowplaying "OUT TO WIN (Wonder Breed remix)" by Sivion (featuring Manchild and Macho Ortega)

Just ran across this remix of Out To Win (from Sivion's album Group Therapy) by some dude named Wonder Breed. It's dope. Peep...

For all the anthro fans: THE MIGHTY ZODIAC #1 from @OniPress

Check out this short preview of The Mighty Zodiac #1, the new anthro comic by J. Torres, Corin Howell and Maarta Laiho.

#nowPlaying that Rapsody Tiny Desk Concert

Rapsody is nice or whatever. Here's her Tiny Desk joint...

OH SNAP! New NUMBER13 in the works?!?

So you know I'm already geeking on Robert Love from the new Dark Horse project Children of the Plague he's been teasing about. Now I'm bugging about this new Number13 page he leaked on Facebook this week!

a few words about pioneering cartoonist and entrepreneur Jackie Ormes, w/portrait by @RobertTRES Liu-Trujillo

Arie Monroe first introduced me to the story of Jackie Ormes, the first black female cartoonist, a few years ago. But this week,  one of my contributors shared a link to the BNP/CBLDF article on Jackie's career on the Facebook page, and then my dude TRES posted this portrait of her on his blog... so I just had to go looking for more info on Jackie, cause I'm a nerd like that...

You had me at "Red Sonja and the Nubile Barbarians"...

I come close to posting about Red Sonja all the time, but stop short of doing it, but this banger from Dynamite's Red Sonja 1973 has a sista with a fro holding a sword nonchalantly, so... yeah

You like badass chicks, right? Check out @BOOMstudios' punk-rock Trade Paperback CURB STOMP!

Before I forget, here's a preview of that Curb Stomp trade paperback BOOM! is dropping this week...

Okay... I'm fiending for Robert Love's upcoming @DarkHorseComics book CHILDREN OF THE PLAGUE!

 That dude Robert Love (Chocolate Thunder, Blind Monkey Style, Number 13) is at it again. This time he's getting all post- apocalyptic on your ass in his upcoming Dark Horse comic book Children of the Plague. I couldn't find any real info on the series, so here is a small sample of random shits I culled from Robert's Facebook photos...

#MusicToDrawTo "Beat Reel 33" by @th3oryhazit, and some love for the mighty Richard Pryor (rip)

Theory Hazit is one of my favorite young emcees, but it's easy to forget he makes beats as well.  On Beat Reel 33, Hazit passes the mic to late, great stand up philosopher Richard  Pryor.

The wait is OVER! #BrothermanRevelation is HERE!

Fuck it! I'm in a mood for some ODB...

I'm a positive black man.  I don't want any trouble.  But life is fucking with me right now, and I don't appreciate that shit. Therefore, in the interest of not putting my foot in someone's ass, I'ma listen to some ODB.  Feel free to join me.  Just check yourself, 'lest you wreck yourself...

5 comic book artists I would PAY to work on their OWN comics

Everyone has been fantasizing about what they would do if they won the Powerball, which was over a billion dollars until a handful of people won it last week. Of course, I would put money into perfecting my self-publishing machine, but I would also devote a good portion of it to invest in comic book artists who create comics I want to read, but that I probably won't get to read because artists either have day jobs, or wind up getting sidetracked into working on projects for other people.  Eff what you heard! The only thing missing from the black comix underground is money! And if I had the money, I'd put it where my mouth is. Here's five easy bets...

"Is @DavidBanner Muslim or Christian? IT DOESN'T MATTER MOTHAFUCKA Cause I'm BACK on a mission!"

There are Fantastic Four and Masters of the Universe references, a dope Malcolm X sample, and a whole shitload of knowledge spit over a  grinding Gensu Dean beat in this new David Banner video The Cross. So you know I'm LOVING it...

A Handy Dandy Guide for our friends in Open Carry States

Open Carry by
This one-page comic by the Houston-based cartoonist had me dying so I had to share it.  I am not in favor of the upgrade from Concealed Weapons permits to Open Carry laws, which allow people to proudly rock their shootin' irons in public, but I am not really alarmed by them, either...

All Hail the MurFuggin QUEEN!

Like everybody else here in the Dallas hip hop constituency, we at GhettoManga have nothing but respect for the feminine authority of our homegrown empress, the mighty Erykah Badu. So we bet she is laughing the loudest at this hilarious video by hip hop humorist Crank Lucas. At least, we HOPE she is... because WE are definitely dying over here...

#np "NEW YORK RAP" by DLP f/ Napoleon Da Legend, Fred the Godson, Dro Pesci

"Fuck pursuit of happiness; 
we pursuing the next dollar."
-Napoleon Da Legend
 * Napoleon always brings you that knowledge:
The 'founding fathers' knew 'the pursuit of happiness' was flimsy, so the Constitution verbiage dropped it in favor of "Life, Liberty, and Property". Anyways...

"I didn't think I could miss." -Meadowlark Lemon, on career 70% shooting accuracy. #rip

I was not into sports as a kid, but I eventually became nuts for basketball, and part of the credit (blame?) for that rest firmly on the broad shoulders of George "Meadowlark" Lemon III, the self-styled Clown Prince of Basketball. Before Jordan, Iverson, or Lebron could get my attention, I was introduced to Meadowlark as a child in the seventies, when he was the star of the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon shows (his character was voiced by Scatman Caruthers, but I didn't know that at the time), and their many appearances on Scooby-Doo.

My favorite nerdcore emcee @DaShade is getting his Kylo Ren on in this new video for "The Most Magnificent"

I drew Darth Moonbeam back in April for Austin-based emcee, actor, fight choreographer, indie film maker Da'Shade Moonbeam. Son is very knowledgeable in the ways of the Force, so with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I guess he was inspired to pull out his light-saber this for this updated video to his song The Most Magnificent.

#nowPlaying "Pure Poverty" by Poor Righteous Teachers #classic #hipHop

Now that I'm officially unemployed again, I need some good music while I do some freelance work, and found this playlist of Poor Righteous Teachers' sophomore album Pure Poverty. I bought this one after being blown away by their debut record Holy Intellect.

A chat with Lyrics Born

by GhettoManga contributor Michael Lagocki
 On Friday afternoon I had a nice surprise, a phone call from Lyrics Born. I've been a fan of his for some time and really respect the Quannum crew of lyricists he came up with (among them, The GIft of Gab, perhaps my all time favorite MC).

Venomous2000 made a video to my favorite song of the year!

That dude Venomous2000 blessed me yesterday with his new video for The Great Escape, my favorite song off Will To Power, the album he released earlier in the year. Check it out below.

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