Monday, August 27, 2012

February 2013 will be the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Black Age Movement. 

 In February of 1993 Comics Buyers Guide published the manifesto type article entitled, "The Black Age of Comics" by Turtel Onli. 

That same month Onli conceived of and worked with Craig Rex Perry & Cassandra Washington to produce the first ever Black Age of Comics Convention at the South Side Community Art Center in the historic Bronzeville area of Chicago.  Plus Milestone Media launched the most important company in the history of the Black Age.

This was a coordinated manifestation of power, creativty, culture and commerce.

Indie today: Black Age forever!!!"

Sunday, August 26, 2012

 African Festival of the Arts Book Pavilion
Book Talks, Panel Discussions, Signings and More
Nnedi Okorafor , Akata Witch
Turtel Onli, 20th Anniversary of the Black Age of Comics Movement,  Feb. 2013

African Festival of the Arts Book Pavilion
Book Talks, Panel Discussions, Signings and More
Friday, August 31, 2012 to Monday, September 3, 2012
Host: Patrick M. Oliver,  
Friday, August 31, 2012
5:30 p.m. MC Lyte is Unstoppable
Book talk and networking with MC Lyte who will be discussing her new book Unstoppable and foundation Hip-Hop Sisters Network. Book signing to follow.
This event is co-hosted by the Young & Powerful of Chicago.
7:30 p.m. MC Lyte on the AFA Main Stage  
MC Lyte shares excerpts from her new book Unstoppable with book signing to follow.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Writers share their literary works during short lively and informative book talks. Eleanor Hart, Cory Hall and others
4:00 p.m. Third World Press Author Showcase
Meet authors from the most successful publisher of Black literature.
5:00 p.m. Fiction by Another Name
Curtis Crisler, The Dreamist
Nnedi Okorafor , Akata Witch
Turtel Onli, Black Age of Comics
Special note: Following the discussion there will be a special presentation honoring Nnedi Okorafor, PhD for celebrating the African tradition in her literary works.
Monday, September 3, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Writers share their literary works during short lively and informative book talks.
3:00 p.m. Books for and about Children and Youth
Patrick Oliver moderates discussion with writers, activist and educators about the power of books and recommended readings for children and youth.
Panelist: Kay McCrimon, Cora Coleman-Dunham (invited), Turtel Onli and local educator
Special note: Patrick Oliver will unveil the front cover of his new Notes from a Literary Activist.  The front cover features a painting by noted artist Frank Frazier who will be in attendance.

patrick m. oliver
literary consultant . program manager . radio host 
We should talk while we are still alive - Kenyan proverb

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Art of Mshindo Kuumba I will be featured during ONYX CON in a rare solo exhibition at the Southwest Art Center, Atlanta GA. Below is his Black Age Montage of assorted Black Age characters.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

February 2013 will be the official 20th anniversary of the launch of the growing Black Age of Comics and the Black Age movement by Turtel Onli and ONLI STUDIOS. 
 February 26th 1993 Comic Buyers Guide featured a manifesto-styled article by Onli calling for growth of the independent Black Age of Comics as a movement, genre and force.  That month saw the First Black Age of Comics Convention given at the Southside Community Art Center in the historic Bronzeville section of Chicago along with the launch of the Milestone Media line up which hit with Hardware #1.  Prior to this convergence, behind the scenes ,at a number of conventions Onli, Craig Rex Perry, Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan and Mike Davis explored various needs, options and creative aspects needed to be realized to establish a lasting presence in this industry by opening the path to new ideas, hot styles and fresh concepts.

"We love our fans!!!" This is a matter of creativity, culture, & commerce!
Now we are rapidly growing our indie Black Age market share through the efforts of four annual conventions, the annual Black Comic Book Day, a growing list of true great Black Age Art Stars,  year long sales at Chicago's  DuSable Museum's Trading Post Gift Shop, plus online store tags at Black "The Mshindo Montage",  and the impact of the "Black Comix" book by Jennings & Duffy.  Not to mention the coming "High Rise Projects" promotions.

We are looking to sell hundreds of thousands of products on a regular basis in markets on an international level. To Blackuns everywhere, of every race & culture, we sincerely thank you for your growing support, creativity, collecting and sharing our mission, passion, and products.  "We love you!!!
Dr. Onli, M.A.A.T.
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