The New Frontier

Art by Ryan Odagawa

“Comics got something to say.”

A new era has arrived in Black and urban culture– this time the innovation isn’t in music, it’s comic books.

Influenced by graffiti and the storytelling culture that propelled hip-hop, this new era is taking sequential art, aka comics, by storm.

But, in a way, black, brown, and urban fans have always been here. Comic book fans.

Movie fans. Pop culture geeks. From utility belts to web slingers, leaping tall buildings in a single bound to running faster than a speeding bullet, we’ve watched and loved these sci fi and fantasy characters.

Until now that appreciation has always been at a distance, viewing the comic world through a looking glass not a mirror, marveling at someone ELSE’s story.

No more. Urban culture is ready to tell our stories, our way — unflinching, fresh, and full of color with diverse voices, breaking into the mainstream. And we are proud to be part of this moment!

We are Urbanime. Authentic and bold storytelling with an attitude.

And this movement is not just us. We are legion and we are telling our stories. This is a notice to the comic book industry.

“The South got something to say.”

And with that, Andre 3000 kept his landmark 1995 Source Awards acceptance speech to five short words. It was a mission statement, leaving no room for confusion. With don’t-get-it-twisted confidence a new era had arrived in the music industry.

Another ‘Outkast moment’ is upon us.

We are in a new frontier.

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