Thursday, February 24, 2011

R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie One of my Hereos

Tuesday February 21, 2011, I got on Twitter and saw a man I've admired for years name trending. I thought it was odd that he would be, but then figured it had something to do with the All-Star Superman Animation releasing that day. I was sadden to see that Dwayne McDuffie had passed.

Dwayne McDuffie (Click to read McDuffie's Bio) was an remarkable writer for comic books and tv. He wrote and produced for Cartoon Network's Justice League and Justice League Unlimited and made Ben 10 awesome. He wrote some of the best stories for a lot of comics. He blazed a trail for a lot of blacks in that industry. As much as I love comics, you have to understand there is still a under tone of racism involved because it's demographic is mostly white.

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I'm not calling them racist, but I've always found it annoying as a kid that it's more acceptable and likely I can read a comic about a blue alien with super powers saving Earth on a day to day basis rather a black man with powers. And so did McDuffie, so not only did he's JL featured John Stewart a strong black man as Green Lantern and he co-created Milestone Comics. Milestone Comics featured superheros who just so happen to be black. The most famous being Static aka Static Shock (who went on to have a cool cartoon and possibly a live action movie) and Icon. Milestone eventually got brought into DC Comics.

McDuffie On Black Writers and Comics


For me to see not only black heroes, but to find out a black man was making all these moves behind the scenes and wrote some of my favorite stories and shows was inspiring. I kept telling myself one day I'll go to a comic-con and meet him and tell him in person, but sadly that won't be the case. So rest in peace Dwayne McDuffie, and thank you.

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Painting" Black Beauty Beautiful Soul Shine"

I had these four 11 x 14 canvas and waited to do something with them. So I decided I was going to make one painting out of the sections. I just didn't know what.So I painted 2 canvas black and the other dark brown... did the outlining of a woman and used colors to bring it to life. The colors are her soul's to say no matter what shade of black she is..her soul shines beautifully.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Painting: Lupe Fiasco "Words I Never Said"

I've been listening to Lupe's new single "Words I Never Said" and was inspired by the idea of having these thoughts and words that you want to get out to the world but you can't. You can't because your afraid to say them or society has you jailed so you can't break what conforms you. So these words, these thoughts become so loud inside you, till they finally break free.

Skylar Grey sings:

It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

I was heavily influence by Lupe's last verse to do this painting:

I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion thats why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through

The concept is Lupe is trapped in society's/or his own personal jail but his thoughts (that have been gagged) are breaking free from not just his mind but the bars that lock him.