Wednesday, March 13, 2019

 FACT: In Feb. 1993 ONLI STUDIOS produced the first ever full indie Black Age of Comics Convention at the National Treasure known as the South Side Community Art Center in the historic district of Bronzeville in Chicago.

This unique event featured panel discussions, vendors, exhibitions.  It was open sourced, open to the LGBTQ community, folks of color, folks of non-color, the disabled, while openly celebrating creators and concepts derived from the Black, Urban, African & Indie experience.
ONLI STUDIOS planned it  to support the launch of Milestone Media that same month.

"You do not have to be Black to get your Black Age on!"

The impact of this continuing event is the steady successful explosion of various indie comic cons around the USA featuring People of Color / LGBTQ and Alternatives..

Plus how "Black" or "Diverse" was this industry before this launch compared to after it hit?  

We thank all of the positive folks along the way who have attended, participated in, and supported our efforts to grow the Black Age of Comics genre into a positive welcoming force for creativity, culture & commerce.

The rise of MEECA CON, ECBACCC, Onyx-Con, MCBACC & Pocket Con and such  are examples of this living legacy.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

BLACK AGE XXIII is coming soon:

Sept. 28th. 2019: Chicago IL at the Kenwood Academy 5021 South Blackstone Ave. 60615

We are excited to announce that our free-standing indie Black Age of Comics Convention/Chicago is returning September 28th, 2019 to the Kenwood Academy High School in the Hyde Park district of Chicago.

Its within walking distance from the prestigious University of Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center and the personal home of former President Obama.

This neighborhood is also the birthplace of the Black Age genre as it was the longtime home of ONLI STUDIOS. Speaking of ONLI STUDIOS....aside from a serious case of studioitis we are actively making plans for this event.

Below are assorted scenes from BLACK AGE CHICAGO Conventions held in the past at the Kenwood Academy Location.

 After completing  our eight year long arrangement with the DuSable Museum of African American History's outdoor annual Arts & Crafts Festival this is a natural positive progression.

When details related to programming, displays, vending opportunities and panel discussion are established we will post it year.

Scenes from former Black Age Chicago Cons:

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

 ONLI STUDIOS. LLC is expanding its flow of Rhythmistic Indie-Graphic Novels in 2019 and beyond for serious, intelligent and innovative readers collectors & fans. They were presented at the recent Pocket Con in Chicago.

 Pocket Con is now given at the palace-like downtown Chicago Cultural Center. This Con picks up on the innovations of the growing indie Black Age movement of independent conventions that are open to all yet have a focus on concepts and creators who are Black, Brown and Indie.

 These types of conventions offer the curious under-served public a chance to experience these products & their unique creators without being overwhelmed by the lame, very traditional, larger budgeted forces of the mainstream.
Prof. Onli showing a little luv for Pocket Con!

A positive shout-out to Nikki and all the cool folks that produced the Holiday themed Vends & Vibes at the Arts Incubator near the University of Chicago.  It featured a select arryay of small promising indie producers and designers of a wide range of gift products for this season of sharing. 2018!

Events like this gives ONLI STUDIOS a chance to bring the innovative Black Age of Comics to markets that may yet still be under the brand-loyal spell of the mainstream and its suppressive otrhodox traditions of what a graphic novels should be or become.


Monday, December 03, 2018

Johnathan Soul Interview LINK

Monday, November 19, 2018

Yvan Alagabe' who is a Benin-French publisher, author & bande-dessinee' artiste was in Chicago rccently for the Chicago Humanities Festival.  During his tour he followed by a few days, Michelle Obama's signing at the University of Chicago based Seminary Co Op Book Store in the Hyde Park district which is the personal home of the Obamas. Alagabe's book, "Yellow Negroes" features illustrated tales about love, pain, politics, sex and more issues that flow from Africa into France and back again.  Turtel Onli who used to live and work in Paris as an illustrator hooked up with Alagab'e during his reading & signing.......and got a cool signed mint copy of the featured book. 

BTW Hyde Park is also the birthplace of the growing Black Age of Comics movement.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Chicago based major market illustrator & publisher, Ashley A. Woods was invited by Prof. Jennings to present to college students near the Bay Area recently.  Both are amazing Black Age greats whose dedication and talents have inspired many while creating real career opportunities for emerging talents on all types.  Log time fans of the Chicago based annual Black Age of Comics events have met them and appreciated their important works and lectures.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The above link is to a recent crucial article that soars beyond the limits of trendy fads and speaks to how vision, effort and dedication is having a measurable impact on the visual narrative know as comic books, animation, Graphic Novels and related genres.