Wednesday, December 21, 2005

9th Annual Black Age of Comics Convention info:Dates:

Feb. 17th to the 19th. 2006 Free reception 5pm unitl 10pm on Friday the 17th. Featuring Tim Jackson's exhibition on Black cartoonists and editorial comics, student art, professional art, vending, and the Sistahs' panel on the graphic novel ,"NARCISSA", by that Black Age great, Lance Tooks. Also there will be a special trolley bus tour of the historic Bronzeville community.

Feb. 18th and 19th will feature vending, exhibitions, animation screenings, raffles,and professional networking. The days of Feb. 18th and the 19th have an admission price of $2.00 for students and $5.00 for adults. Times: 11am until 4pm for both days. This is a collectors dream come true. Most Black Age titles are rare due to low press runs and limited outlets. The future collectors' market for original Black Age products is going to be so lucrative. YEOW!!

Plus a shout out for Yumi and the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention along with the important work of Dr. Bill Foster. Check them out!

For additional infomation contact Onli Studios at 773-536-0755 or

What does Spawn, Blade, The Milestone titles, Electro-X, Brother Mann, The Mighty Ace,MC-Squared, Boondocks, Mama's Boys, Bootsie,Hip Hop Heaven, Jonathan Fox, Serenade, Bounty Hunter, Malcolm-10,The Phoenix, Little Bill,the P-Funk album covers, and The Epoch line all have in common? Answer: They are all derived from the Black or African experience. How do you spell.....Black Age?

Monday, December 19, 2005

Graphic novels have come a long way since being introduced to the USA market by the French in the late '70s. With the explosion of the square bond black and white Manga books leading the way it appears the future growth in this industry may be drawing the Black market closer to the graphic novel. Plus women, and all folks of color.

On the evening of our opening reception, at 7pm,on Feb. 17th, we will have several sistahs respond to the innovative graphic novel, "Narcissa", created by that Black Age great, Lance Tooks. They are arts supporters, educators,and avid readers of traditional novels. Their insights, appraisals, suggestions, and appreciations of the title and the graphic novel should be entertaining and educational for all of the attendees. Admission is free for this panel and reception.

Hurry to check out the coolest event for African American History Month 2006! The Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

We celebrate the life and influence of Richard Pryor. His passing through made us all a lot better. In 1982 a Black Age publication from Onli Studios, called "Future Funk", featured Pryor on its cover and reviewed his "Live on Sunset" movie. Genius at this level is its own reward. I am sure heaven will be a lot different with him around. Hell missed out on a good thing.
......Talk about a cool way to spin African American History Month.... Living in the Black Age of Comics.<a href="">
Do you have this book in your collection???? You should. It went on to be a very popular TV cartoon show. Let's give it up for Dwayne McDuffie, ( Who produces Static-Shock and the Justice League of America TV show.) Denys Cowan, ( Who designed Static and has created an amazing amount of work for Dreamworks.) and the Milestone crew!!!!!!

Talk about a cool fun book. Rumor has it that Rex Perry, its creator is working for Disney and may have a deal in the works for his title, "Hip Hop Heaven". Now we know you have this in your collection......right??? He was one of the founders of the Black Age of Comics Convention.

Collectors and fans of the Black Age of Comics should find a way to own this issue of Comics Journal. Number 160 was dedicated to Black Artists and creators of comic books. The Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago at the South Side Community Art Center, located at 3831 South Michigan Ave. Feb. 2006, features the creative works of many of the artists featured in this issue and many others. It takes great talent, skill, and work ethic to be able to draw, create, and design this type of art. You owe it to yourself.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Serving notice to you that the 9th Annual Black Age of Comics Convention is coming in February of 2006. It will feature art, books, displays, video and film screenings, and competitions. History in the making as we continue to move. It's more than a Black Thing!!!!!!!
This is the work of one of our proud winners in the Black Age of Comics Convention's student Art and Writing competition. This contest gives inspiration to many talented young people.
This is an Associated Press picture of Turtel Onli at the 2nd Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago in February 1994. Onli is shown displaying several Black Age titles. He coined the term, "The Black Age of Comics" to refer to creative materials that are derived from a Black or African experience. The Milestone Publishing Company were generous supporters of the event.

This is a photo from the 1995 Black Age Convention in Chicago at the historic South Side Community Art Center. Pictured are Dr. William Foster, David G. Brown, Turtel Onli, and Bruce Bowers.

There is a movement in the world of comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy products. It is called the Black Age of Comics. It has been gaining momentum over the past decade and is now poised to get the attention, cash, and love it deserves.

In a few months there will be the 9th Annual Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago At the South Side Community Art Center. For the whole of Black History Month artists, writers, publishers, and educators who are working in this movement will be featured as part of our national Black History Month. The address is 3831 south Michigan Ave. Keep in mind that there is also an East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention given in Philadelphia in May of next year. That will be its 4th edition. There was a time in this country that Blacks were not known to work in this industry. In fact some folks in the business didn't even think Blacks read the materials. Major companies used to claim that a Black character or a Black creator would not be profitable. They even maintained that there was nothing distinctive about the idea of Blacks creating these products since non-Black creators were doing a "good job" creating Black material. BOOM!!! Look at it now. We got conventions, publishers that come and go, major broadcast televised shows, movies, and video games. All of this was predicted by Turtel Onli years ago in an article he wrote in 1992 for the Comic Buyer's Guide. Could you imagine music or sports without a black flavor to it???? NO! Well these well placed industry creeps are dying off and giving ground to the obvious. The Black Age is here and growing.

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