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ECBACC 2010 Press Release

By · May 4, 2010 · Filed in ECBACC S.T.A.R.S., Glyph Comics Awards, Marketplace, Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off on ECBACC 2010 Press Release

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ECBACC: Comic Books in the Classroom

By · May 1, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off on ECBACC: Comic Books in the Classroom

Comic Books in the Classroom: Learn how comic books and mythology can be used to promote creativity, critical thinking and literacy: reading writing and counting. Panelists will look at the range of uses for traditional comic books and related media in the contemporary classroom to improve the skills of young scholars through critical thinking and creative writing. Myriad subjects, from grammar and syntax, math and science, civics and ethics, etc., can be tackled using comic books as an educational resource.


L. A. Banks

By · March 17, 2009 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on L. A. Banks

L.A. Banks, the author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series, has written over 20 novels and contributed to eight novellas, thus far, in multiple genres under various pseudonyms. She mysteriously shape-shifts between the genres of romance, women’s fiction, crime/suspense thrillers, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore.

A graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program with a Master’s in Fine Arts from Temple University, one never knows how or when this enigma will appear. her forms are many, her secrets of crossing genres vast, and she does this with her teenaged daughter and a dog from some remote, undisclosed lair in Philadelphia.

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Jamal Igle

By · March 17, 2009 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on Jamal Igle

Starting at the tender age of 17, Jamal Yaseem Igle has worked his way up the ranks from Intern at D.C. Comics to a successful penciling career. Over the years, Jamal has been editor, art director and animation storyboard artist for numerous companies such as Sony Animation and Scholastic Inc. He is currently an Exclusive Artist for DC Comics.

Jamal is the co-creator of the comic book series VENTURE, along with writer Jay Faerber, published by Image Comics. Jamal’s detailed pencils have graced books such as Countdown: The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society, Nightwing, and Firestorm The Nuclear Man. In addition Jamal is an active volunteer with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon art, as well as a guest lecturer on the subject of comics and animation. A former instructor of Comics and Sequential art at the Art Students league of New York, Jamal is working on issues of Countdown #21, Green lantern Corps #18 and Teen Titans #52, as well as the maxi-series Tangent: Superman’s Reign. His next project for DC will be announced very soon.

Jamal is married to his beautiful wife, Karine and father to a beautiful baby girl, Catherine.


Kevin Grevioux

By · March 17, 2009 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on Kevin Grevioux

Kevin Grevioux is an American actor, screenwriter, and comic book writer.

Grevioux was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent most of his childhood in Minnesota, Boston, and New Jersey. He has been seen in such films as The Mask, Steel, Congo, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake and the 2003 vampire vs. werewolf film, Underworld, starring actress Kate Beckinsale. He has also worked as a stuntman on occasion.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) – Trailer

Underworld was Grevioux’s first produced writing credit. He came up with the original premise and wrote the original screenplay along with director Len Wiseman, launching the Underworld franchise. He appears in the film himself as the lycan Raze and will return as the character in the Underworld prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which he will also be adapting into a comic book mini-series. He also expressed an interest in telling more Underworld stories in comic form if this proves successful.

Using Romeo and Juliet as an archetype, Grevioux, a former microbiologist with a background in genetic engineering, actually based Underworld on his experiences with interracial dating and the tension that it often causes. He also brought a scientific element to the world of vampires and werewolves by basing vampirism and lycanthropy on a viral mutagen rather than the mysticism typically associated with these two mythic creatures.

Early 2006 saw Grevioux form two comic book imprints, Astounding Studios and DarkStorm Studios. Grevioux’s Astounding Studios imprint was to focus on All-Ages titles such as Valkyries, Guardian Heroes and The Hammer Kid. The Darkstorm Studios imprint was a more mature line, including the books Alius Rex, Thanatos and Uzan, The Mighty.

Grevioux has written for Marvel Comics’ New Warriors volume 4 and working with Mat Broome on Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel. He also wrote ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction for Red 5 Comics.


Roland Laird

By · March 14, 2009 · Filed in Previous Guests · Comments Off on Roland Laird

Roland Laird is the founder and CEO of Posro Media, an entertainment production company that explores African American history and culture in a variety of formats including comics, books, radio, video, and film. Posro projects’ positive imagery is designed to stand in sharp contrast to the mass media’s often unrealistic and misleading portraits of the African American community. The company’s fresh and historically accurate perspective on topics ranging from slavery to sports, politics, and superheroes have garnered praise from national media including The Today Show and MTV.

In the early 1990s, Posro was one of the first black-owned independent comic book companies, publishing the hip hop-infused series MC Squared. Based in Harlem, MC Squared chronicled the life of Earl Terrel, a brilliant young barber who designs computer games on the side. Three issues were published between 1991-94. Issue #3 was archived in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for its focus on the Negro Leagues.

From 1993-1994, Posro syndicated the comic strip “The Griots” to black-owned newspapers. Offering insights about black history and culture with the use of witty lines and catch-phrases, “The Griots” received acclaim from media outlets including The New York Times, The Source, and Entertainment Weekly.

In addition to his role at Posro, Roland is the celebrated co-author of “Still I Rise: A Graphic History of Afican Americans”, a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible 216 page graphic-novel form, and re-released in February 2009. Roland is also the co-founder and managing director of My Image Studios (MIST), a ten million dollar entertainment venue based in Harlem and scheduled to open in late 2009. This multifaceted 20,000 square foot venue will feature the art and culture of the African, Latino Diaspora and include 3 screening rooms, a restaurant, cafe and post-production facility. MIST is located in the Kalahari Condominiums, a 250 unit mixed income LEED certified “green” building. MIST will be the first green convergent entertainment complex in the United States.


Percy “MF Grimm” Carey

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2008 Glyph Comics Awards (GCA), Story of the Year winner

Underground hip-hop icon Percy “MF Grimm” Carey tells the true story of his life in the game – from dizzying heights to heartbreaking losses – in this raw, brutally honest graphic novel memoir.

In SENTENCES, Carey chronicles his life in the sometimes glamourous, often violent, world of hip-hop. From the first time he picked up a microphone at a bloc party to the day he lost the use of his legs to gang violence and back around to his reincarnation and rise to the top of his game as a Hip-Hop Grand Master, no questions are left unanswered and no apologies are made, resulting in a truly moving graphic novel National Public Radio called “powerful” and Time Magazine labeled as “a top 10 best graphic novel of 2007.”


Dwayne J. Ferguson

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Dwayne J. Ferguson (a.k.a Hunter Wolf) continues to develop a long portfolio of achievements.

In 1986, at the age of nineteen and in his sophomore year at Rutgers University, Hamster Vice, the first issue of the popular comic book series was published. The comics, about animal cops Hammy, Ben, and Wolph versus criminal roaches, went on to become Blackthorne Publishing’s top-selling book for over 16 months. The first issue, Hamster Vice: Rumble Roach sold 42 thousand copies in one month and placed Ferguson’s feet into the door of professional comics.

Taking a break from Hamster Vice, he went on to create the futuristic detective Captain Africa. Operating from the fictional city of Egyptica, Prince Najee M’witu wages a personal war on crime and, with the help of his best friend, inventor Buni Mandella, sets off to build the ultimate weapon: the Falcon Shadow armor suit.

In November 1990, Ferguson’s publishing company DIEHARD Studio Entertainment released the 120-page illustrated novel Captain Africa: The Battle for Egyptica. In 1992, the completely revised novel grew to 144 pages, with over 25 new illustrations, and a beautifully airbrush-rendered cover by the writer/artist. The book is published by Africa World Press in paperback and hardcover.

The popular character was also featured in his own 3-issue comic book series published by DIEHARD Studio Entertainment, entitled Captain Africa: Bite of the Scrab. Also during the 1990’s, Ferguson was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the US Department of Agriculture for his lecture on the importance of racial harmony in society and in literature. The enterprising creator also works in other media…1993 marked the release of his first toy line Snailiens: Supersonic Shell Fighters based on issues five and six of Hamster Vice. The Snailiens waged a never-ending war against the Lunar-Ticks in a battle to save earth. The spring of 1994 yielded the release of six 64-page Mighty Morphin Power Rangers activity books, illustrated by Ferguson, featuring characters from the #1 rated kid’s show in the country.

On September 17, 1994, Ferguson’s first animated project Mutant League premiered on Saturday and Sunday mornings across the nation in the #1 spot. The cartoon is about a sports league of mutated athletes who compete in the world’s most dangerous sports. Ferguson was the Art Director, character designer, props, background and storyboard artist for the animated series. The characters are based on the Sega Genesis games Mutant League Football and Mutant League Hockey.

In March 1997, Ferguson was hired by Sony Music to develop concept art for the super-rock band Aerosmith’s Nine Lives album. April 1997 marked the launch of his latest project, Kid Caramel Private Investigator mystery series for children. The books are entitled The Case of the Missing Ankh, The Werewolf of PS 40, Mess at Loch Ness, and Ghost Ranch: The Legend of Mad Jake.

The series is produced by the award-winning publisher Just Us Books, Inc. The fifth book in the series will be released soon. Ferguson is producing the Kid Caramel: Private Investigator animated series, which will premier in the near future.

Currently, he is a regular writer for 3D HDRI magazine dedicated to 3D animation. He has also written and co-authored several technology-based books for the publishers Against The Clock, such Mac OS X, FrontPage 2000, Flash MX, Dreamweaver 4 and more. Additionally, Ferguson is a Graphics Instructor for the Virtual Training Company. He develops software application tutorials such as Lightwave 3D, Animating in Flash, Combustion, Adobe Creative Suite Power Projects, iLife, Poser, and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and more.

In 2004, Hunter created, directed and produced a 15 minute animated short film called Black Zero: Mercenary Ant. His film is shown at film festivals around the country and is receiving excellent reviews from attendees and curators of the festivals. His film was shown at the Cape May Film Festival in 2005, Cape May New Jersey and was shown at the Hollywood Black Film Festival 2006, in Beverly Hills California.

As for future projects, he knows what they are and he is not telling for now but you can bet that they will be worth the wait.


Digital Technology for Liberation Artistry Pt 5

By · March 2, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off on Digital Technology for Liberation Artistry Pt 5

Digital Technology For Liberation Artistry Pt 5:
This Is How You Do It!

Brother G and Mshindo I will show the Cinema Graphic Novel adventure “Zulu Mech 1” and present the techniques used to create the epic series.

Brother G will explain how we used the latest ways to get paid, distribute and protect artistry using digital technology and how we used new media to level the playing field for small independent producers and publishers. Then, Mshindo will demonstrate artistic and storytelling techniques so that other artists can creat their own Cinema Graphic Novels. In addition, new information about international markets via the internet will be discussed.

Gregory L. Walker, CEO of Seker Nefer Productions, is a Chicago-based journalist, poet, historian and author. He is the author of Shades Of Memnon, a novel series about the activities of the ancient Kushites of Africa.


Having Our Say Panel: Youth and Beauty

By · March 1, 2009 · Filed in Previous Activities, Previous Guests · Comments Off on Having Our Say Panel: Youth and Beauty

ECBACC, Inc. is proud to present the longest running (okay, 3 years) comics panel featuring Black women. For ECBACC 2009, the panel is titled, “Having Our Say: Black Women discuss Youth and Beauty”. Topics during earlier Having Our Say panels have included speculative fiction, love, and humor. Please see the information below about the panelists scheduled to participate on Saturday, May 16.

Cheryl Lynn Eaton

Cheryl Lynn Eaton is the founder and creator of the Ormes Society. The Ormes Society, named after the legendary pioneering cartoonist of color Jackie Ormes, is an organization dedicated to supporting black female comic creators and promoting the inclusion of black women in the comics industry as creators, characters and consumers. Cheryl Lynn maintains the Ormes Society website and also maintains Torchbearers, an online community with a specific focus on black female characters in sequential art and animation.
The Ormes Society

Leilani Hickerson

Leilani is a freelance illustrator by day, supreme juggling master by night. She was born in the heartland of New Jersey in the year of 1983. She climbed her way to the top of the trenches and graduated in 2006 from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she received her BFA in Illustration and to her surprise, attained the university’s most distinguished illustration award. With comic exhibitions travelling worldwide she still enjoys her downtime. She enjoys ice coffee, pumping iron, reading comics by firelight, and illustrating her and her sister’s upcoming children’s comic My Hafu©.

Arie Monroe

Arie is originally from Kansas City Missouri. She has a passion for comics, illustration, and animation. Her work is inspired by a multitude of styles from fine art to anime. Some of her favorite artists include Norman Rockwell, Josh Middleton, Dan Haskett, Bruce Timm and Chris Sanders. She specializes in drawing girls, but is always up for the challenge of drawing whatever is placed in front of her. She also enjoys drawing things geared toward kids and has some experience working with licensed product design.

Stephanie Brandford – Facilitator

ECBACC Treasurer and Project Manager