they be like DOOM! DOOM! DOOM!

that dude SEVEN came through with this fresh joint for the MF DOOM ART CONTEST!! hell's getting hotter folks, so get your joint in ASAP! competition's heating up for that prize money...
NICE!
-samax
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Magical Angel by =Felsus
just thought this was fresh...
holla!
-samax
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DOOM the Conqueror!

here's the latest entry in the MF DOOM ART CONTEST by that dude DTM! if you think you know somebody that's a bonified jack-of-all-trades, Dan The Man to the roster, 'cause he's a master of multiple media! he took a minute to drop this DOOM piece in the email, so recognize the skills, fam!
-gM

Deviation of the Day

Baduist Monk by *copperthistle
ya'll know how i heart ghettoManga Award-winning vocalista Erykah Badu... so i was VERY pleasantly surprised to find this piece on deviantArt.com
holla!
-gM

that boy Stauff

here's a sneak peak at some work that will be appearing in upcoming issues of ghettoManga Quarterly. this page is from a 4-part story by indy comics phenom Stauff reppin' Pittsburgh, PA. he keeps busy doing all kinds of freelance work, but he's smashing on some new work for ghettoManga as well... i'll say more as the new issue (due out in July) approaches!
holla!
-samax
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Yippee Ki Yay Motherf*cka

on the low, i'm working on a book called 100 Movies That Should Be Comics about movies that need to have their universes adapted in comics (instead of the other way around). well, i might hafta call it 99 Movies That Should Be Comics instead, 'cause Boom Studios has announced that it will publish a prequel to Die Hard as a comic book series titled Die Hard: Year One.

The prequel series, which drops in August, focuses on a young rookie McClane over a decade before the original Die Hard. set against the backdrop of the '76 Bicentennial Celebration, expect explosions, a high body count and a young J-mac droppin' the F bomb! this is the kind of thing that could help comics out a lot (and it wouldn't hurt the movie industry either!)...
jeauh!
-samax
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Respect the Architect

I just read a DOOOPE article on African-American Comics publisher Bertram A Fitzgerald on the Museum of Uncut Funk Blog... peep:
"During the decade in which he produced 16 volumes of Golden Legacy Comics, Bertram A Fitzgerald left a legacy of his own, comprising of the most successful series of Afrocentric comics to date. The Golden Legacy comics are thoroughly professional in their writing, art, and production values, and full of enough historical surprises to interest adult readers presented in a package accessible to younger readers." i encourage you to get familiar here.
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Today's Deviation

Fishy Kiss by ~Aisidedpipol
holla!
-samax
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Required Reading...

DC Comics is bringing the Milestone Characters into their mainstream universe (i reserve judgement on that until i read some books), and to set the table, they are reprinting some of the original Milestone books in Trade Paperback format! the first horse out the gate is Dwayne McDuffie, John Paul Leon, and Robert Washington III's Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool. i have no problem recommending Static, one of the best comics of it's time... you definitely need to cop this! Rebirth of the Cool drops today in stores everywhere.
holla!
-samax
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ghettoManga In'a da Place!

looks like i been called in to DH again for ArtLoveMagic again this friday. we're backin' up HeadKrack & Fam (who i can vouch for) doin' the art ambiance for this joint. i will either bust out a big drawing or painting (i haven't decided) and i'll have books and other swag for the people. i just got added to the show today, so if you in Dallas, click the flyer for info and govern yourself accordingly! it's been a minute since i been to a hardcore rap show, so it oughta be a blast!
holla!
-samax
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Keepin' It Simple, Suckaz!

dallas emcee/radio jock Keynote rockin' Smug Penguin Joint
cop that here
holla!
-gM

if this is you, don't bother me...


all my freelancers know what's up...
-samax
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Deviant of the Day

Same As It Ever Was by *TehKiah
-gM

For all the Street Fighter Fans...

Street Fighter II Turbo #6 In stores NOW!Check out preview pages here!
The Sales Pitch:
The tournament moves stateside for the American finals, which are throwing down on the mean streets of Metro City. Expect all-out beat ‘em up action as the cast of Final Fight collides with the world of Street Fighter! Plus, get a bonus Final Fight backup story featuring pro wrestler-turned Metro City mayor Mike Haggar!
holla!
-samax
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Deviant of the Day


srira by *keyeske

cartoon Girl channels her Inner Gangster!


Who's Hungry by David Ochs is a send up of Hansel and Gretel, and really shows how ILL those aesops joints really are. straight disturbing, but in a good way! not for your kids to watch, but has an example of a little girl who channels her inner gangster!
holla!
-samax
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you Want FRIES wit That?

Hot Fries by Mike Lagocki.
here's the latest entry in the MF DOOM ART CONTEST, by my man comicbook illustrator and arts activist Mike Lagocki (Tales of High School Horror, Test Subject A, Toho the Pacifist). America's Cravin' some DOOM, huh? i'm under a deadline crunch right now so i gotta go, but i just wanted to break ya'll off!
holla!
-samax
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out of the Darkness!

When indy comicbook artist Darnell Kirnon (Kids from the Ghetto, Inner City Blues) sent me his entry for the MF DOOM ART CONTEST, he said "I can't decide which one i like better" so I entered 'em both! feel free to identify the one you like the best...
holla!
-samax
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Bow to the WOW!

if you're in the mood for a romantic comedy that's heavier on the comedy than the romance, check out a hilarious comic called The Dog Years! when Trey, a twenty something toy designer, suffers a catastrophic break-up from his slightly overbearing (and more than slightly hot) fiance, his boys swoop in, determined to stop the pity-party before it even starts. once he hooks up with his boy, the crazy-as-hell dread Rasheed, you know something's about to jump off!
Writer/Artist Drayonis has created a prototype for a great cable show with a cast of characters any sitcom would be happy to have. The art is strong and he writes with a good balance of dating philosphy and comedy that's not afraid to be raunchy when appropriate. the main character's boys seem stereotypical at times, but each one finds his own voice. although the book spends a lotta time on the boys' attempts to drag Trey over to the dark side, the book offers ample coverage of the women's side of the battle of the sexes too! with all the comedy and sexual punch this book flaunts (Drayonis sure can draw some fine women... DAMN!), it also has some effective depth, which was a pleasant surprise. while we can expect to see the books printed eventually, Drayonis has 5 issues (with #6 on the way) of The Dog Years available to read free online... i suggest you do so, and feel free to let us know what you think!
holla!
-samax
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Is He Ill? Do he Really Fit the Bill?

my boy Jamar Nicholas (Detective Boogaloo, Jamar Chronicles, Asteroid Girl) knew all about MF DOOM before i ever heard of 'im. an' even though the number one Illyphunksta's too busy working on the graphic novel adaptation to Fist Stick Knife Gun and just generally being awesome to enter the contest, he emailed me this vintage DOOM piece he drew circa '03. he said it wasn't for the MF DOOM ART CONTEST, but i entered it anyways, (like my middle school art teacher Mr. Gomez would have) 'cause i got it like that! everybody working on somethin' be advised...
out!
-samax
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Deviant of the Day

TEFLON by ~ASARU-75
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Paid in Full (Blokhedz ep 2)


here's that new Blokhedz.
let me know what you think!
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Mayhem is Coming!

Tyrese Gibson’s MAYHEM begins on the streets of Los Angeles, wherein a brutal crime wave led by the mysterious Big X has the entire city in a state of perpetual fear. With even the police force unable to stop him, MAYHEM, a faceless vigilante with only his partner Malice and an unrelenting vengeance to back him up, strikes back against the criminal hordes. Within three issues of non-stop action, they will take on Big X to dismantle his organization and restore peace to the City of Angels. (read more, and preorder here)
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Time for a 2N up...

it's about time... well it's ALMOST about time. the long-awaited Chali 2na solo album Fish Outta Water is finished. after the inevitable break-up of beloved underground rap crew Jurassic 5 in '07 (i musta missed it) and judo-style arm-wrestlin' to get away from Interscope, the Baratone Bomber is ready to drop that joint next month (June 23rd) on Decon, already known for working with Dilated Peoples, Aceyalone, and Evidence. anyways, the new joint will have likes of Anthony Hamilton, Choklate, Elzhi, Beenie Man and Junior Gong & Stephen Marley riding longside ya boy 2na. for now, peep Lock Shit Down f/Talib Kweli.


holla!
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Deviant of the Day

Cypha by ~ASARU-75
if you think this looks like Redman on HGH, you're not alone. i thought it was pretty dope, though, so here you go!
holla.
-samax
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Vaude-Villainous!

yo, here's another entry in the MF DOOM ART CONTEST from that dude Charlie Fab (Blackbird)! so far, cats are slammin' down the gauntlet, so if you're gonna have a shot at that Ben Franklin, you're gonna hafta come strong! but don't waste time! all entries need to be in by June 15th!
holla!
-samax
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I Am Malcolm X

i just finished reading this great biography of Malcolm X yesterday. not being a Muslim myself, i still can't see how any black person (especially a black man) can resist feeling a swell of pride at the mention of Malcolm. He remains one of the strongest examples of black masculinity ever seen in American culture, and the arc of his public persona across the length of his career is fasciniating. the way he changes his position on race based on his pilgrimage to Mecca stands as an example of how one should react when confronted with the truth.
the author Andrew Helfer is elegant in his narration and adaptation of quotes for dialogue, and does a good job of letting pictures be worth their thousand words whenever possible. artist Randy DuBurke is good at capturing likenesses and like a film biographer, does a great job of portraying the emotions in scenes that were not privy to the public eye. we are reminded that Malcolm, though he was and remains a giant of history, was a living, breathing, vulnerable man like any other. his greatness comes not from super-power, but from the inner strength of his convictions. this is a great, great book.
peace,
-samax
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Get the Jules!

click the pic to see an ill collection devoted to that mushroom cloud layin' muthaf*cka Jules from Pulp Fiction. these joints had me DYING, so i just HAD to share, fam!
holla!

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We're All Witnesses...

that dude Jeremy Biggers is back again with another one o' these hand-painted (yeah, i said HAND PAINTED!) fitteds, this time featuring NBA MVP Lebron James. sweat him hard enough and he'll do you one, but he don't repeat himself, so you can't have the same image on your lid unless the one shown here hasn't sold yet (yeah, right!).
holla!
-samax
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MF DOOM Art Contest

i'm happy to announce that the next issue of ghettoManga Quarterly will have a sweet article featuring everybody's favorite supervillain, the mighty MF DOOM! to commemorate this joyous occasion, i've decided to run an MF DOOM ART CONTEST!
as if drawing a nice pic of the villain wasn't it's own reward, The top 5 vote getters will be featured in the magazine AND receive a FREE copy so's they can brag to their people about being published in the ILLEST rag anywhere! out of those five, i'll pick the best one and break them off $100 cash and put their piece on the COVER!
yeah, that's DOLLARS, not pesos, so get your pencils sharpened up, cuz that dude goldi Gold already sent in SupermuthaphuckinVillain (seen above)! enter as many times as you like to improve your chances of winning... send your artwork to ghettomanga@gmail.com. deadline to enter is June 15. it's gotta be 8.5 x 11 300 dpi to be eligible, but color or black and white will do. and don't just copy a picture (that's wack!)... please remember to put GHETTOMANGA MF DOOM ART CONTEST on your email subject line! payout will be done with paypal, so if you don't have a paypal account, get one (it's free dude!)
anyways, i'll post the entries as i get 'em in. if there's any questions, let me know!
uno.
-samax
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making Magic, for the Love of the Art

(yeah, that's me rocking the authentic Jungle45 tee!)
you know I love kids... it has only gotten worse (or is that better?) since i had one of my own. so when my boy Mike asked me to participate in the ArtLoveMagic Arts Workshop he had set up for this past Saturday, i was ALL over it! (for more on that, go here).
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Deviation of the Day

Exalted 2nd Ed- Jade South by (the mighty) UdonCrew
Udon comes through with the fly visuals once more.
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Quote of the Day

"Either you’re making enough money to live on, or you’re in your first year and on your way to making enough money to live on, or you’re not really in business."
-Morris Rosenthal, author of
Print-on-Demand Book Publishing:
A New Approach To Printing And Marketing
Books For Publishers And Self-Publishing Authors

TAGnificent!

So Much Love In Just One Can #1
by Jay Moreno
A contemporary graffiti and street art coloring book for kids and bombed out black book for their adults. This book features work by Pose2, Sew, Sye, PRVRT, Zimad and many more. Kid's need to learn about graffiti from someone other than the status quo that teaches them it's an eyesore. 50% of the profit goes to Pose2's Graffiti: The Art Form Class and the tri-city B-Boy BBQ. Printing on acid free 80lb paper makes this book a cool, fun activity for a rainy day.
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because "Boondocks Wasn't Hood Enough"

"I like Marcel Comix... kid's got some Hood Peanuts going on. The art is amateurish, but the writing is there. Give him 5 years of grind and he could have something.
Boondocks wasn't hood enough - it was like Spike Lee writing a comic.This kid's shit is like your cousin Malik writing the Boondocks."
-Jamar Nicholas (Detective Boogaloo, Jamar Chronicles, Draw! Magazine)

Comicbook World #28

Okay, try to follow me... Comics writer Mark Sable writes a book for BOOM! Studios called Unthinkable about a government thinktank that comes up with worst-case terror scenarios. hyjinx ensue when they start to see those scenarios come true. so dude was detained at the airport by TSA, who read the script (for a company called BOOM!) and weren't sure what was real and what was fiction...

“The minute I saw the faces of the agents, I knew I was in trouble. The first page of the Unthinkable script mentioned 9/11, terror plots and the fact that the (fictional) world had become a police state. The TSA agents then proceeded to interrogate me, having a hard time understanding that a comic book could be about anything other than superheroes, let alone that anyone actually wrote scripts for comics.
“I cooperated politely and tried to explain to them the irony of the situation. While Unthinkable blurs the line between fiction and reality, the story is based on a real-life government think tank where a writer was tasked to design worst-case terror scenarios. The fictional story of Unthinkable unfolds when the writer’s scenarios come true, and he becomes a suspect in the terrorist attacks."
Dick Cheney would be so proud...
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Comicbook World #27



wish you had a healing factor like Wolverine, Telepathic skills like Professor X, or other superhuman powers? yeah, me too. but stuff like that doesn't happen in the REAL world, right? wrong! "The Real Superhumans" is a Science Channel joint about people who can do things that'll raise your eyebrow, cousin! i snatched this 90-minute special off youTube for the people, so you can see what's out there, and as you might expect the scientific community is on a quest to make superpowers available across the board (for a price, i'm sure!). after all, it's a comicbook world!
holla!
-samax
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dope artwork can STILL sell the record!

okay, so my homegirl PeanutButterCookiez did this fly album cover for Rain All Day (click the pic to enlarge) by this hip hop crew called The Nope. the artwork was tight enough that i decided to listen to the song (which she had on her profile). so, after about 4 bars of finely tuned lyricism, i went to the group's profile for more, and before long i was on my blog, pasting together this post. so what's my point? listen to the snippets and if you are impressed like i was, go to The Nope's mySpace and listen to the songs for free (or buy 'em at amazon.com), and remind them that it all happened because they had DOPE artwork!


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All up in the Hood...

that dude Tres of Come Bien Books did us a solid and copped this ghettoManga Logo Hoodie, and just to show what a cool cat he is, sent me this pic he took while rockin' it in NYC. aside from having exquisite fashion sense, Tres is a comicbook and graf artist reppin' the mighty TYS Collective (NYC-Cali STAND UP!). dude manages many hustles in the spirit of ghettoManga, and we mos definitely appreciate the love. for more of our coverage of Tres' Come Bien Books, go here. and make sure you visit the Come Bien mySpace spot too, homey! now, i'm not sayin' rockin' a ghettoManga hoodie will make you as fly as Tres... but it couldn't hurt! COP THAT!
holla!
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Obama Moves the Crowd



so far, i haven't seen Obama rap, but he can do comedy! he clearly had a ball at the White House Correspondents Dinner last night, where he got laughs taking shots at Dick Cheney, Fox News and even his own veepee, Joe Biden. Charlene and I watched this last night and couldn't stop laughing!
holla!
-samax
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Happy Mother's Day from ghettoManga



Momma Can You Hear Me by Talib Kweli
Madonna and Child by Samax
have a good time with your moms. if your moms not around, borrow someone else's... i spent time with other people's mothers when i wasn't getting along with mine. now, wifey's momma #1 in my life (but me and moms are cool now). so i'll call my momma, and my sisters (both are vets in the parenting game) as well as celebrating my wife's first full-fledged mother's day here in the boondocks. have a good one people...
peace fam...
-samax
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Deviation of the Day

G.n.G. by ~i1der

She Want the Longhorn like it's Texas Again...

here's a link to a SoCal hip hop group called E.A.R.T.H.
they sound pretty cool, but i'm interested to see what you guys think of 'em. if you give 'em a listen, let me know what you think...
holla!
-samax
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new Princess and the Frog trailer


what up fam! here's the new Princess and the Frog trailer. despite all the hullabaloo on BET, i can pretty much guarantee that my wife and i will take our daughter to this joint. good chance we'll like it too...
just sayin'...
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Saturday Night Fever...

one of the downsides of being a freelancer is that you don't get sick days, so i've been drawing through my flu-like symptoms (which my doctor insures me are not Swine-Related) as much as possible, trying to knock out more pages and get to bed. i do take breaks to play with my daughter, watch teevee, read comics (and write reviews like this Kill Bill joint) etc. anyways, i made mad progress today, so yay me! So here's a couple panels from the comic i'm working on now. i'm about 2/3 finished with it, and completing pages much faster than when i started. as much as i appreciate the assignment (and the money!), i'll breath a big fat sigh of relief when it's done. it looks like i will be getting more work after this from the client, so i'm excited about the light i see at the end of this tunnel. oh well, i hope everyone had a good saturday! now i gotta get back to my orange juice and drawing board...
holla!
-samax.
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Deviation of the Day

sketchpage - akbar's warning by ~HUMPHREYSIR
catch a bit of sketchbook wisdom for the fellas in the lower right corner...
got a bit of wisdom for the people in YOUR sketchbbook? get at me and i'll share the knowledge with the people...
out!
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Rhymefest Flexes His COMICS Knowledge


Chicago by Rhymefest, directed by Konee Rock. Fest drops more superhero references than i've heard in a long time from any emcee not named MF DOOM (i mean, he said "I'm Hellboy, li'l boy, you like Elroy. I'm more like T'challa on steroids")
i'm sayin'... Rhymefest is tryin'a become my favorite rapper...
-samax
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King City Returns this Summer

my clandestine sources have confirmed that Tokyopop and Image comics are ganging up to release Brandon Graham's KING CITY as twelve 32 page oversized books, starting on August 19th. Brando is one of the illest cats doing it right now... he's deep into hip hop and the influence is clear in his work. the first six issues will incorporate the Tokyopop released OGN i reviewed last year but of course, Brandon is sweetening the pot with added bonuses to woo people like me to buy them anyways!
The young do-it-all comicbook artist is a ninja about comics who works hard (he has at least one other comic Multiple Warhedz dropping this year), and surrounds himself with artists who are just as psycho about making comics as he is (his girlfriend is currently drawing a story arc of ElephantMen). man after my own heart... anyways, do yourself a favor and peep more about Brandon and King City here.
holla!
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Deviation of the Day

Another DJ Shirt by =pencilism
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