"DaVerse: You Are Amazing" by Samax Amen

Friday was the last DaVerse Lounge of the 2018 school year, and I was invited to come contribute my live art to the mix one more time.

afrofuturistic hip hop animated video INTERGALACTIC SERMONS

People often ask me about animation.  I worked on an animation team in 2011 and 12, but I am not an animator myself.  I created character designs, props, and environmental assets for an e-learning company.  I know just enough about animation to know how hard it is.  So when my homey DJ Night Nurse shared this incredible animated hip hop video Intergalactic Sermons on my timeline, my mind was sufficiently blown.


It's been four years since I first heard of the young phenom AFRO (All Flows Reach Out), but this is my first time actually paying money for one of his releases.  But Bandcamp hit up my inbox fresh off of depositing a check from my latest live art gig, so I copped his 2015 joint Tales From the Basement today.

Watch this promo cartoon for "Your Black Friend" by Ben Passmore

I was first exposed to the awesome cartooning of Ben Passmore via the comics-powered news magazine The Nib.  Ben's work raises the art of autobiographical comics to another level.  His deadpan voice speaks the language of the "woke" generation in comics form.  Anyways, this cartoon promo for his book Your Black Friend does an awesome job capturing the spirit of his comics whilst adding sound and motion.


 When I read the first Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur trade, I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, not because it wasn't good, but... Wait.  I'm getting ahead of myself.  You probably showed up to see this preview of  Moon Girl #29, not to read my rambling.  So I'll show you the preview FIRST, and ramble second.

IN STORES NOW - Black Panther #171

GhettoManga Funnies- STORMY: No She DIDN'T! by Samax Amen

 Y'all already know we at GhettoManga can't STAND Donald Trump...You probably also know the Stormy Daniels interview dropped this weekend, so our social meteors are leaving all kinds of impact craters in the President's face. I hadn't watched the interview myself, but I drew a sketch in my big book this morning about it anyways. Response to the sketch was energetic, so I cleaned it up to make a proper black and white political cartoon...

#NowPlaying- JIREN THE GREAT by Napoleon Da Legend

Your favorite nerdcore rapper can't get no respect because real emcees like Napoleon Da Legend are rhyming over Dragonball Super clips.

Inspiring kids to own their power via another Black Panther live art piece

I was proud and happy to create art live at an assembly serving the students and staff at Burnett Elementary in Dallas.


Our friends over at the Fusebox Radio Broadcast dropped a new episode of the podcast building on the latest string of celebrity deaths, goofy backlash memes, and other cultural goings on.  Then they get on the wheels and do the musical knowledge...

BLACK PANTHER VS JUSTICE LEAGUE!!! Wait... not really...

Yes, I clicked on this cover that has an obvious Black Panther knock-off ripping the techno-jugular out off'a the highest-ranking African-American superhero in the DC Universe fully prepared to talk about how pop-culture stays pitting black Americans against our African counterparts, but I was clearly getting ahead of myself, because Justice League's scribe PRIEST helped make BLACK PANTHER the phenom he is in the first place.  Let's jump back and preview the previous issue, then see if it helps us contextualize this one.

Ah, so MIGHTOR is black now? I can dig it...

Nostalgia on 10!  (((airhorn)))

IN STORES NOW- Bombshells United #14

 I love Bumblebee.  That's all.  


Yeah, it's my birthday, but I'm not feeling sweet or nothing, so I'm bumping Metal Detectors, the new Callabo record from the late Sean Price and his Brooklyn BFF Illa Ghee...


I'm loving this new video for the Czarface/MF DOOM collabo BOMBS THROWN!

On Repeat- MAGNOLIA by DAVID BANNER f/ CeeLo & Raheem DeVaughn

Although it has been out for at least a week, Mississippi monster/mogul David Banner dropped the video for Magnolia on his YouTube channel today, and I just watched it a few times before posting it here for you...


Kaiju illustrator extraordinaire Frankie B. Washington posted about TWO awesome projects Kaiju Vs. Cancer, AND KAIJU GODS which only has a day or so to reach its goal!

DJINNX #5 by J.R. LeMar & Samax Amen

 I have spent enough time unemployed and struggling to know that when you're desperate, you aren't careful enough about what you wish for...

"I'm on a mission from the Kingdom of God. Do away with emcees representin' Nimrod" -Craig Mack #rip

I was shocked this morning to find out that Craig Mack, one of my favorite rappers of the golden era of Bad Boy Records, has died near his home in Walterboro, South Carolina.

#NowPlaying at GhettoManga HQ- the BASQUIAT documentary

As a difficult, dreadlocked, black hip hop-soaked painting student at the University of North Texas in the mid-nineties, I was constantly being compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat.  It was incredibly patronizing and irritating, but the more I learned about him, the more I enjoyed the comparison.  But I'm not a huge star getting 5 figures for my paintings, so instead of talking about me, let's look at this documentary about Basquiat that I ran into on YouTube today...

"The role of blacks in half the movies. I ain't have a weapon, you ain't hafta shoot me. Yo, that's propaganda..." -Napoleon Da Legend

I haven't posted any joints from Napoleon Da Legend in a minute, but when this video for PROPAGANDA dropped into my email inbox, I knew I was gonna post it here for you...

OMFGhost Rider by Jim Mahfood

OMFGhost Rider by Jim Mahfood
 This Ghost Rider commission by the mighty Jim Mahfood got me fucked up! Here's some more FOOD for your soul, snatched from the jaws of Facebook...

Black Panther, Usagi Yojimbo,and more by Sai Rodrigues

 If you're feeling this Usagi Yojimbo fan art by Sai Rodrigues, just wait til you see the slew of his  Black Panther character sketches I posted below...

New(ish) Drawing "Velocity Girl" by Samax Amen

Check out this character artwork I did for my dude KC Christenson of Kings County Comics.  This is his character Velocity Girl.


I'ma let you peep this preview of Falcon #6... Then we can talk about Misty Knight...

DJINNX #4 by J.R. LeMar and Samax Amen

We are sex-positive here at GhettoManga, so we ain't hatin' on this dude's wish in this week's episode of DJINNX...  Let's see how it works out for him...

(N)RAce Card

Gun control (like any other "political issue" in the United States) is all about that c.r.e.a.m.

Samax drops a Live BLACK PANTHER drawing for DaVerse Lounge

I got called in at the last minute to contribute live art for DaVerse Lounge on Friday night...

NEW STICKER- BBWW2018 by Samax Amen

March is here, fam!
Just wanted to drop a quick message about BBWW2018!  I colored this image last week and decided I would make it available as a 3" x 3" vinyl sticker for $5 (free domestic shipping).  Just click the button below to pre-order.

DJINNX #3 by J.R. LeMar and Samax Amen

Hey, fam! In the third episode of DJINNX - a comic strip series by J.R. LeMar and myself about a genie who's wish-granting skills could use some work- this old dude wishes to be eternally young.  What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

This STRIP PANEL NAKED video explains The Three Act Structure as used in Comic Strips

Interested in making a comic strip?  Strip Panel Naked breaks down how the three act structure is applied in comic strip writing.  Besides being entertaining on a pure nerding basis, this is invaluable for the strip writer or artist!

Tweet of the Week (and a quick sketch)...

Daddy Was Wrong by Samax Amen
I know, I know... All anyone wants to talk about on social media is gun violence and Black Panther, but I ran across this tweet today and it really made me think...

#FanArtFriday CANNONBALL by Samax Amen

Congratulations!  You made it to the weekend!  So let's celebrate by checking out this #FanArtFriday drawing I made of Cannonball from The New Mutants and X-Force.

DJINNX #2 by J.R. LeMar and Samax Amen

Hey, fam! Here's the second episode of DJINNX,a comic strip series by J.R. LeMar and myself about a genie who's wish-granting skills could use some work...
(This strip is safe for work, as long as you DON'T say it out loud when you get the joke!)

#SheGoHard Sa-Roc Forever

Sa-Roc looks like she is dressed for a Black Panther premier everyday, and spits like she is the source of the Thundercats' power.  I'm setting the bar high, but after you watch this video for Forever, the lead single for her upcoming Rhymesayers album, you'll see I wasn't kidding...

LEON: Protector of the Playground by JAMAR NICHOLAS wins the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics!

Philly-based cartoonist Jamar Nicholas was surprised to find that his new long-awaited graphic novel LEON: Protector of the Playground won the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity last week at Long Beach Comic Expo.  While he was not able to attend the ceremony, he did release this brief acceptance video afterward.


I just completed the steps to enter to win this sweet poster from Dream Fury Comics... It's a crossover between their awesome webcomic CRESCENT CITY MONSTERS and some guy called the Black Panther (maybe you've heard of him?).
But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Czarface + MF DOOM, huh? Now I wanna DRAW!

When Steelo dropped this new Czarface/MF DOOM stream Nautical Depth in my timeline, he inadvertently took over my evening...

#NowPlaying Evidence -"WEATHER OR NOT" (full album)

If you like Dilated Peoples, you pro'lly need to check out this the label's youTube stream Weather or Not by veteran Los Angeles emcee Evidence. 

VIDEO- Ron Wimberly talks comics, culture, and his upcoming magazine LAAB

The immortal Ron Wimberly breaks off a small portion of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding for the fine folks at Beyond the Longbox in this fresh bit of YouTubery...

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