Black Comix Returns


Celebrating the best African American creators in today’s vibrant comic book culture

In 2010, Professor John Jennings and Dr. Damian Duffy compiled and published a 176 page collection of art and essays celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community. BLACK COMIX featured over 50 contributors, including Dawud Anyabwile, Eric Battle, Kenji Marshall, Afua Richardson, Larry Stroman, Rob Stull, Lance Tooks, and many, many more. It met high praise throughout the industry and quickly sold through its respectable print run despite interest and demand — used copies now fetch $60-150 on Amazon and eBay.

Flash-forward 8 years: the comic industry has changed a lot since then, and the amount of African American talent continues to grow and amaze. While huge strides in diversity have been made, John and Damian felt the time was right for another spotlight on the topic. Rather than simply reprinting the first edition, considering the number of fresh new voices and changes in the industry, a whole new volume felt necessary.

Curated and collected by: John Jennings and Damian Duffy
Illustrated by: Nearly 100 of the freshest African American Talent in comics today

Art book trailer

About the project



JOHN JENNINGS is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around inter-sectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. Jennings is currently a Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings’s current comics projects include the Hiphop adventure comic Kid Code: Channel Zero, the supernatural crime noir story Blue Hand Mojo, and the New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel, Kindred.


Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher, and a Glyph Comics Award-winning, New York Times best-selling graphic novelist. He holds a MS and PhD in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His many publications range from academic essays (in comics form) on new media & learning, to art books about under-representation in comics culture, to editorial comics, to the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, with his J2D2 Arts counterpart John Jennings. Damian has given talks and lead workshops about comics, art, and education internationally.

  • Pages: 200 pages
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Size:  12″ x 12″
  • Cover Price: $29.99
  • ISBN:  978-1-942367-37-6
  • DOC:  DEC171682
  • RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2018

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