Tuesday, September 29, 2015

 Aki with visitors at the exhibition.
 Aki and Mary are two retired arts educators who appreciated the Black Age exhibition.
PRof. Onli at the site of the launch of the Black Age movement. The South Side COmmunity Art Center in the Bronzeville District of Chicago.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This clip was taken during a sneak preview when Najee Dorsey of Black Art in America came through….

Friday, September 25, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

You know you love being a part of the Black Age of Comics movement.  You download our products. You collect our graphic novels. You participate in our events.This is why we love you and show our appreciation whenever we can.  Indie Black Age publishers like ONLI STUDIOS offers unique, hot and entertaining products online and in Chicago at the DuSable Museum's gift shop. ONLI STUDIOS produces Chicago's annual Black Age events.
 Now your Graphic Novels' collection can become as Black as your music collection.
Prof. Onli , the founder of ONLI STUDIOS, launched the first Black Age event in Feb. 1993. This movement has changed the world of Graphic Novels for the better.
ONLI STUDIOS books come with its oversized free trading cards to add value to your time and investment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Telling Our Stories" is a documentary short produced by original Africobra member, Barbara Jone-Hogu. It provides concise powerful insights to the Black Age and the processes of several of the creative folks who participate in its grow and impact.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Black Age of Comics was born of international experiences when Onli was living and working in Paris as a freelance illustrator.  The French celebration of comic books as high art was a welcome emotion to Onli. He went to the offices of Metal Hurlant, and met with Moebius, to see about working there.  Moebius looked at his portfolio and asked, "Can't you make money in America?". Onli took that to mean he should think and plan to grow his own dynamic studio practice beyond the limits of freelancing. This led to the publishing of "NOG: The Protector of the Pyramides", "Future Funk" and the launch of the Black age movement.

Below are samples of illustrations Onli created for publishers in Paris at the time. Circa 1978
Onli always said he went to Paris to "bring it" not to "get it". His style and techniques were in full effect before arriving.

Below is the an illustration Onli created for Miles Davis in 1975 before going to Europe.

The best artists and illustrators are found in the Black Age movement!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

 Thanks to all of the fans, collectors, creative professionals that make the Black Age movement the most independent movement in creativity, culture and commerce.

 Special thanks to the cool and intelligent fools of the South Side Community Art Center.

 Ms Cat photo-bombing Josh and Christina of the Graphic Novels club of Harold Washington College.

 Images from "BLACK AGE XVIII". Sept. 2015.

Prof. Onli greeting members of the Culture Coast per
its first Culture Crawl program to visit events and institutions in Chicago of which this was one.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

"Hebroes" is a 40" X 48" acrylics on canvas painting that will be shown for the first time this Fall in "BLACK AGE XVIII"'s "Heroes & Villains" group exhibition.

This show includes work from Strictly Underground, King Khwon, Yaounde Olu and others.