Excited that our African American brothers and sisters are getting some mainstream, even highbrow news coverage. Comic book journalist for the New York Times, George Gene Gustines ran a piece recently on Black created by Kwanza Osajyefo (writer) and Tim Smith 3 (designer): And with a shout out to the self-described “punk rock” comics publisher, Black Mask Studios with its impressive pool of comics creators of color—and that put LGBTQ front and center with Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre’s breakout Kim & Kim. Let’s not forget John Jennings and Stacey Robinson’s cocreation with Tony Medina of the forthcoming graphic novel with Lee&Low, I Am Alfonso Jones

My dos centavos on I Am Alfonso Jones:  “Born to soar majestic, in a U.S. “armed with stereotypes and loaded guns” today’s young men of color vertiginously fall to tragic tellurian ends. Coffins and cells are the order of the day—and classrooms a rarity.  Wordsmith extraordinaire Tony Medina and virtuoso visual artists Stacey Robinson and John Jennings deliver a high velocity, gut wrenching story of one such quotidian superhero: the super-speed bike-riding, quicksilver smart Afrolatino teen, Alfonso Jones. Like yesteryear’s griots, olorishas, and curanderos, Medina, Robinson, and Jennings breathe life into Alfonso’s tragically truncated journey: shot dead by a trigger-happy cop. They keep his flame alive—and all other innocents ripped untimely from this earth. Packed with history, knowledge, and life this is graphic storytelling at its best.”