Saturday, August 02, 2008

Oct. 2008: This month long exhibition showcased a wide range of illustrations, posters, and artwork created by many of the great and important artists working in the Black Age.
Muhammed Ali, Pedro Bell, Mishindo, Ashley A. Woods, Christian St. Pierre, Barbara and Rod Jenkins, and Andre Batts along with many others are included in the exhibition.

Dr. Royster, the Director of the African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, introduced Onli. His lecture focused on the value of the Black Age movement and its need to grow its own independently loyal and active fan base and market share.
Later Dr. Royster offered to explore hosting a national Black Age symposium at UIC in a year or two.


Tim Jackson and others were on hand selling and signing books during the evening of the opening reception.



Of course the talented and prolific Ashley A. Woods was there showcasing her growing line of books and related products. How many indie-books do you read, collect, or give as gifts??


Rhakel represented ONLI STUDIOS distribution experiment the next day at the Southside YMCA. Other vendors there were LaMorris Richmond, Tim Jackson, Nino Mesarina, Andre Batts, and Ashley A. Woods. This way we took the Black Age movement and its products to the people in search of more fans, customers, and sells. Every book we sell is a book the mainstream does not sell. Long Live the Black Age!!!!! Indie forever!

"BLACK AGE XI"
This was a successful scattered site event that brought
the Black Age to a place near you.

Afri-Ware Store
.
Time: 2pm until 5pm
266 Lake Street in Oak Park IL 708-524-8398,
will host Turtel Onli , "The Father of The Black Age"
Theme: The history and value of the Black Age of Comics.
Plus additional guests: Andre Batts of "Dreadlocks and Urban Style Comix" fame along with Yaounde Olu of Uniphysics. Signings, vending, panel, & learning opportunities.


AZIZI Bookstore: Book signings, readings, artists, & writers.
134 Lincoln Mall, Matteson IL 708-283-9850
Kiss Me Comix, featuring Barbara & Rod Jenkins along with Rob Boyd. Nino Mesarina and the "Incredible Laundry Detergent Man."
Plus Ashley A. Woods of "Millennia Wars" fame.


Great for fans , parents, students, and teachers.

Interested fans and participants should contact Onli Studios at onli@sbcglobal.net .
Participants will be taken on a first come first served basis. We have limited places to complete.

"BLACK AGE XI" was part of Chicago Artists Month, the thirteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and is made possible through the Presenting Sponsorship of 3Arts and the Lead Sponsorship of the Sara Lee Foundation. For more information, call 312/744-6630 or visit http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/ .

7 Comments:

Blogger Sylvia Hubbard said...

Congrats on your 11th year. I've posted your event on our Motown Writers Network blog: www.motownwriters.blogspot.com

4:01 PM  
Blogger Onli said...

Thanks for the support and appreciation. THe Black Age is a little stronger for it.

Onli

10:08 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

Black Age XI was awesome. I've had the privilege of being a part of the movement by participating in events and vending Black Age products.

There have been many educators who have begun to see the value of comics and visual art of this nature. Not to mention the kids LOVE IT!! I raffled off some Black Age comics this week and you would have thought I was giving away gold--which it really is.
Spread the word, folks, and put your money where your mouth is.
Keep up the great work, Onli!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

NOW is the time to appreciate the value of Black Age comics. Spiderman has his place, but isn't it much more productive to place in our hands a comic that not only gives adventure, but breaks down some deeply rooted and sometimes self-inflicted stereotypes of ignorance in the Black community?

One of my favorite parts of "Malcolm-10" is when some local thugs are X-ed out to the Rhythmic Zone just before attempting a drive-by on a group of church-goers, but the parishoners have their own lessons to learn as well.

Black Age media is a great catalyst for positive change in any community. They are the most real comics I've ever read and will be very instrumental in re-shaping the minds of many-young and old!!
Let's grow the movement and bring in the $$$ to place this media on a higher platform where it belongs.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Onli said...

Thanx for the support. We will continue to work hard to earn it.

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