Saturday, June 6, 2015

Local comics creator finally getting some recognition

EDITOR’S NOTES:  We have been following the career path of  Philadelphia resident Jamar Nicholas for several years, ever since we met him  many years ago.  He is one of the friendliest and nicest people working in indie comics today.  I cant’ think of a single person who might have a bad word to say about him.  And you’ll never hear him talking trash - - he has a way of finding the good in everything.   Prior to this, his most famous work was the comics adaptation of the biographical young adult novel  FIST STICK KNIFE GUN  (highly recommended).  Soon, his long in development project LEON, PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND will be released and is sure to gain him further notice.  In addition to his comics work, Jamar is an educator  (comics and art for young creators) and has become sought out for his viewpoints on comics, independent creators, and race issues.   Here’s an update from him, in his own words . . . . . . . .

Quick update from JAMAR NICHOLAS STUDIOS:

LEON

 

1) MEET THE COVER

Just to give my last update some breathing room, I wanted to show the LEON cover in a different update.

Here's a small-rez image of the tradedress for LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND. There may be some cosmetic changes going forward, but nothing major as it's pretty much there.

JN STUDIOS dba STUDIO BLACKBOSS JN STUDIOS dba STUDIO BLACKBOSS

2) MEET THE STAFF

SANDRA and YAYA are my studio assistants who have the herculean job of getting/keeping me sane and on-target!. They have come on board in the past few months and as you can see, things are already shaping up around here. Thanks gang!

3) AWESOMECON After-report

AWESOMECON came and went and I had fun, but I'm really glad to be clear of conventions and appearances and excited to dig heels into the studio so I can get LEON wrapped with less static interference. Here's some goodness from the show:

AWESOMECON Race Panel w/ Patrick Strange, Jamal Igle, Jamar, Jeremy Whitley and Gabrial Canada AWESOMECON Race Panel w/ Patrick Strange, Jamal Igle, Jamar, Jeremy Whitley and Gabrial Canada

I was on a few panels, one being a race & comics panel where I shared a mic with mainstream hero Jamal Igle (MOLLY DANGER, DC Comics) and Jeremy Whitley (PRINCELESS). Also was interviewed by Washington free-thinking network RT and WATCHING THE HAWKS. We talked briefly about race, comics and the need for fresh voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nW1bHuuBsA

You can see the segment I was interviewed in at 14:00.

Have a good weekend.

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