THE MELANITES #2 Kickstarter IS LIVE



As you may know, I'm Art Director/Assistant Project Manager on the indie comic The Melanites. They brought me in to make sure everything remains raw!

My first issue as AD, THE MELANITES #2, is now LIVE on
Kickstarter!

11 Years Later, I'm still Bumping This Underground Gem


"
Lines tighter than a body builder's definition
with an undying will, my mother said I'd never listen"

I recite this quote (from the song PHOENIX by Napoleon Da Legend, produced by Crazy Al Cayne, off their 2011 album The Sugar Cayne Experiment Vol #1: Napoleon Da Legend) on a regular basis (especially when someone compliments my linework)...

Watch This Animated Video for the Calypso Song A BETTER TOMORROW

 Love afros, inspirational songs, anime-influenced cartoons, and black female superheroes?  Yeah, me too.  So I was excited to find out that the video for Terri Lyon's Calypso jawn A Better Tomorrow has been selected to five film festivals and is a finalist in two of them!  

Check out the video below: 

For Hip Hoppers Only

 

Hey fam,

 
Here's a quick blast about all the hip hop jawns that's in my headphones at the moment.

Heads Up! Mike Hawthorne's ALL CITY VOLUME 0 is ON SALE


Mike Hawthorne's beautiful hardcover art book ALL CITY VOLUME 0 is on sale for a limited time, so I recorded a video and what not
.

"Can a Thug Be Born Again" by Corance Davis

On 2/2/19,  the creator and founder of B.A.T. Industries, Tyrone “Tyger” Moore messaged me with the idea for a one-page story explaining the philosophy of Born Again Thugs.

He had a vision for a story we could do right then that wouldn’t compromise the main story of the Melanites comic. It would be a one-page story about what Born Again Thugs stood for. 


That begs the question, what does Born Again Thugs stand for?


#NowPlayingAtGhettoMangaHQ MODUS OPERANDI by Napoleon Da Legend


People always ask me what I'm listening to, only to be disappointed that they never heard of the rhymers I eff wit.

One of the most prolific and high quality rhymers I know if is Napoleon Da Legend.  His new record Modus Operandi is just the latest in a long line of dope records from a true underground legend.

Work in Progress- SHADOWEYES FOR GOOD by Sophie Campbell

Everybody knows I'm a huge fan of Sophie Campbell, especially of her cute and gritty monster hero comic Shadoweyes.

Daily Sketch. Plus a contest.

Hey there!  Here's my first Daily Sketch of the New Year!  If you want to have my new sketches emailed to your email inbox, subscribe here.

Between client work, seasonal blahs, and family issues, I haven't been keeping up my Daily Sketching like I wanted to. 

BUT!

I did draw something today!

35% off.  No big deal.


There's a 35% Off sale on Teepublic right now.

#NowPlaying EGO by Guilty Simpson + Gensu Dean


This Friday, Guilty Simpson & Gensu Dean have a new album dropping on Mello Music Group called EGO, featuring Skyzoo, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Yarbrough, Black Milk, MarvWon, and more.

Listen to the lead singles after the jump.

It's October fam!

Our Twitter peeps seem to REALLY like the story of these matching Cartoon Portraits, so check 'em out!
 

It's ULTRON Vs EVERYBODY In This Week's Episode of WHAT IF...?

This week's episode of What If...? starts with the Avengers failing to stop Ultron from reaching his final form, setting up a chain of events that transforms the genocidal A.I. into a threat of cosmic and even multiversal proportions.

You see them new STAHHR tees?!?! ♥

Gaaasp!  The first lady of the Metal Face familia, Stahhr dropped this peek at her upcoming tee shirt drop on the Twitter machine, and I am in full "mommy I wan' it" mode...

#NewVideo - CLOUD POUR by Qwazaar & Batsauce


Look what I found while I was looking through my emails.

A picture and a few words about Dopamine

 

Once Again It's ON (S A L E)


Pegasus is one of my original characters that hasn't appeared in comics yet, but a few of y'all bought her tee shirt anyways...

It's fun to get notified that you guys are taking advantage of my tees being on sale. 

There's a method to the madness, fam


I'm helping my people get out the word about their upcoming comic THE MELANITES, which is dropping soon.

Brandon Graham Talks RAIN LIKE HAMMERS


I just recently started reading Brandon Graham's graphic novel RAIN LIKE HAMMERS*, so I couldn't resist watching this interview.

Peep this sketchbook monster, fam


AMEN Monster Sticker

This looks DOPE


I just ran into these images from MCMLXXV #1 on Twitter and was blown away by them!  Turns out you can read the first issue for free online.

Kickstart This- The GREAT FORCE

I just came across this Kickstarter campaign for a brand new teen superhero comic called THE GREAT FORCE, and it looks pretty cool.  Check out the preview art below.

Kickstart THIS- NIOBE & DURA: WRATH OF THE ANCIENT


While I was sleeping, NIOBE & DURA: WRATH OF THE ANCIENT dropped on Kickstarter.

"ZION I up in the party so you know it's just bliss..."

Lately we've been celebrating the life and cultural contribution of Zumbi, the emcee/frontman for eclectic Oakland hip hop crew ZION I.  My favorite ZION I song is apparently HUMAN BEING, off their 2012 album SHADOWBOXING, because I have been bumping it nonstop for the past few days...

My favorite No Way Home Trailer Moment


Fan Art Friday: Doc Ock

BiGS Volume 1 Release Date


It's official:

BiGS: VOLUME 1 is COMING in SEPTEMBER!

Happy Birthday Peppermint Patty!


People often do a double take when I tell them that Charles Schulz is one of my influences as an artist.  His strip PEANUTS, which spawned the wildly popular Charlie Brown cartoons, reveals Schulz's mastery of economy, something I always appreciate in great artists.

One of my favorite PEANUTS characters, the resident wild child Peppermint Patty, is celebrating a birthday today.

Are you a Wonder Woman fan?


Check out this week's Throwback Thursday email, where I colored an old Wonder Woman sketch...

WHAT IF..? Episode 1- Peggy Carter Becomes the Super Soldier

As a Marvel Zombie growing up, I was always aware of Cap's love interest Peggy Carter, but I became a fan of the character when she appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger.   I didn't watch Agent Carter when it was on tv, but watching it once I got access to Disney+ solidified this SHIELD co-founder as a trailblazer for the pantheon of Marvel heroes.

The debut episode of Marvel's new animated series What If..? shows us a universe where she becomes the north star in the superhero constellations.

Rest In Power- Zumbi of ZION I

I just found out that Zumbi of Oakland rap crew ZION I passed away on Friday. No words. Rest In Peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

OGN (P)REVIEW- "RECKLESS VOL 1" by Ed Brubaker + Sean Phillips


My man Michael Lagocki recommended RECKLESS Volume 1 the period detective thriller by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, because he knows I dig 80's detective jawns like Spencer For Hire.  In RECKLESS, we follow a washed-up FBI spook who takes on cases that catch his interest.

Insomniac Rap Show- A few throwbacks

Welcome to The Insomniac Rap Show, where I share YouTube videos until I get sleepy.

Let's start with my favorite Joell Ortiz song:

The SHOCKING TRUE STORY of TYPHOON CAT GHOST!


Prepare yourself to be whisked away to the far east for this brief tale of a possibly supernatural  encounter that I immortalized as this non-physical cat drawing...

Coming Soon To Kickstarter: NIOBE & DURA: WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS

We're waiting with baited breath for the next Niobe series from fantasy publisher Stranger Comics, so peep these luscious inked pages from NIOBE & DURA: WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS

Daily Sketch Archives: Thanos, Jim Starlin, and Why I'm SO independent


from the Daily Sketch Archives
 

Happy Birthday GREG NICE!


This morning I found out today (May 30, 2021) was Greg Nice's 54th BIRTHDAY today and went on a bit of a YouTube binge. . . which (of course) I commemorated on Twitter.

REVIEW- CHU Volume 1 by John Layman + Dan Boultwood

If you're one of my longtime GhettoManga readers, you already know I love John Layman's urban fantasy comic CHEW, about Tony Chu a federal agent who gets psychic impressions from anything he eats.  Laymen returns us to the Chewniverse with CHU, starring Tony's shifty sister Saffron.  Saffron uses her ability to read the thoughts of anyone she eats with to get into gangster shit, and boy does she ever in this CHEW prequel!

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