The Encyclopedia of Black Comics came out this month from Fulcrum Press, and it’s jam-packed with entries on over 100 publishers and creators from the world of Black comic culture. Eisner Award winning author Sheena C. Howard and a group of passionate writers pay tribute to the many Black comic contributors: from inkers to illustrators, convention creators to academics—you might not know their names, but you’re definitely familiar with their work. What makes this even more special for us, is the fact that idobi’s own multi-talented chief creative officer Sherin Nicole contributed the entries on KharyRandolph, Mat Johnson, and Deborah E. Whaley! That’s a trifecta of goodness right there, with many more names to add to the list.
With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and an afterword by Christopher Priest, this is a comprehensive volume that celebrates the many notable achievements from Black comic history.
“Some will ask why an encyclopedia of Black Comics needs to exist. Ta-Nehisi Coates is why. David Walker is why.”
– Christopher Priest