Magnetic Press Plans Expanded Reprint of Black Comix
Comics creators John Jennings and Damian Duffy recently released their latest title, Kindred - the graphic novel re-telling of Octavia Butler's best-selling novel. The title was an immediate New York Best-Seller and has been gaining in popularity since its release in January 2017. Now, Jennings and Duffy have announced another project to be published by Magnetic Press focused on expanding an earlier title the two worked on, Black Comix.
Titled Black Comix Returns, the book projected is a pioneering work on independent black comics creators that originally grew out of the exhibitions curated by Jennis and Duffy. In an interview with Publisher's Weekly, Duffy said they focused on black independent comics creators because "these communities speak to huge swaths of readers who thought they weren't interested in comics." Now, comics have become a staple among African-American communities nationwide as more black comic conventions are being hosted and more black creators are finding outlets for their work online, through self-publishing, and through small press publishers, says Duffy.
The book project is being funded on Kickstarter. After a little less than two weeks of funding, the book has soared past it's goal, allowing for the two cocreators to announce a hardcover edition of Black Comix Returns in addition to the regular trade paperback. Both editions will be published by Magnetic Press in August of 2017.