I just wanna take a second to give a birthday shout to cartoonist and former Marvel Comics assistant editor  Lance Tooks (the Lucifer's Garden of Verses series, Black Panthers for Beginners, Graphic Classics, Danger Funnies, Floaters)!

For me, Lance Tooks' name has been synonymous with underground comics since I was in my twenties.  Right up there with Harvey Pekar or R. Crumb.  

When I was secretly drawing comics that I showed to very few people, one of my friends slid me a copy of Danger Funnies that blew my young mind.

Lance Tooks was one of the very, very first independent black comic book artists I ever heard of.  

He is the kind of artist whose work goes against the grain thematically and visually.  

Tooks doesn't seem to give a gotdamn about the "rules".  When my college professors  tried to tell me comics weren't art,  Tooks' work was in my arsenal to shut them up.  

When I started publishing, and I was included in the Black Comix anthology WITH cats like Lance Tooks, I was over the moon!

Here's some books you can buy to get familiar:

For more Lance Tooks joints on Amazon, CLICK HERE.

Happy birthday, Lance!
Thanks for inspiring us!

"some AX"

Samax Amen is a professional Content Developer, Illustrator and Cartoonist. He is the artist of many great comics you never heard of like FREELANCER LIFE, Herman Heed, Champion of Children, and The World As You Know It. He even writes and draws his own comics, like Dare: The Adventures of Darius Davidson, Spontaneous, and Manchild when he gets around to it. Because making comics is hard and stuff, he started GhettoManga as a blog in 2006 and as a print magazine in 2008.
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