"Man, this is a great comic. One of the best and most gritty when dealing with the subject matter. I’m gonna be bummed to see it go next issue. That said, this is a strong catalyst to the end. The twists and turns in this piece are a roller coaster of emotion. You will be nauseated by the time you finish the last page. So much great storytelling and atmosphere that we’ve come to expect from this series. Again, it blows my mind and breaks my heart that it is coming to an end."
The Winner of Top Cow’s Pilot Season makes its triumphant return to print! What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton…what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny? And what if she decides to secede three blocks of the ‘Hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN? From writers MARC BERNARDIN and ADAM FREEMAN (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) and rising-star artist AFUA RICHARDSON comes a harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.
A great jumping-on point for new readers. With Zoey and several of her roommates possible suspects in the murder of Mandy Jenkins, Uncle Zeke is taken off the case to avoid a conflict of interest. Meanwhile, Zoey meets her ‘fan’ for the first time without masks.
A quick explanation about what happened in Ferguson. For those of you that remember, I wrote a comic about cop violence a few weeks ago, which outlined some of the events. Hopefully, this will explain a few things to some of you who weren’t made aware of the recent events and summarize it for those of you that were.
There are still protests and arrests going on. You are free to add any extra information or share your opinions on the subject!
Writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman didn’t set out to write a timely comic book. “Genius” started as a one-shot for Pilot Season 2008, becoming one of the annual Top Cow Productions competition’s two winners — only the rest of the story, a five-issue miniseries following up on the initial pilot, wasn’t scheduled for release until August of this year. Unexpectedly, the long release cast “Genius” in a newly relevant light, with the book released weekly at a time when the death of Michael Brown and subsequent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri has put race relations and distrust of the police firmly in the zeitgeist.
The story of Destiny is one steeped in America’s racial strife. Destiny Ajaye, the “Genius” of the title, is a leader and tactician whose skill is equal to a Hannibal or Napoleon, but she doesn’t command an army in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, she organizes Los Angeles’ various gangs in an uprising against the LAPD. As revealed exclusively to CBR News, Destiny’s world is about to get much bigger in an upcoming sequel from Top Cow. While the events of “Genius” are quite different than what occurred in Ferguson, the parallels between the fictional story of a minority population surrounded by an oppressive, violent police force and the one occurring in real life are not lost on Bernardin and Freeman, who granted CBR the first interview about the sequel.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T’s debut next month will mark the first time Concrete Park’s been released as a full-length serial. Storylines have previously been offered as strips in Dark Horse Presents, to critical acclaim. Theyfeatured people of color struggling in a harsh urban environment, and even though that was future sci-fi, the situation mirrored many of the same struggles people of color face on Earth today, like isolation, segregation, and persecution. Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt selected Concrete Park as one of the Best American Comics of 2013, and Alexander and Puryear want to continue delivering the same thought-provoking, action-packed drama with R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Alexander’s spoken to Bleeding Cool in the past about her and Puryear’s long journey to getting Concrete Park into print. More than a decade ago, they pitched a live-action sci-fi story with a Black cast to a Hollywood executive who rejected them specifically because the characters weren’t white, and that motivated the creators to adapt a storyline for comics, a medium with fewer barriers to entry. Learning and adjusting to this new field and connecting with Dark Horse was an arduous, years-long process.
Q:Your artwork, style, and hard work are completely inspiring. I'm a black artist who "gave up" drawing years ago. I want to try again, and it helps to see amazing stuff like yours. From a huge fan - thank you, and keep doing all that you do!
This… means a whole lot to get this.
I know what it’s like to basically give up on the craft. There was about a 1 1/2 year stretch where I basically gave up on art and wasn’t making much. It was a hell of an uphill battle trying to get back into it, especially if you know the progress you made previously and get back in, seeing all the progress you lost.
If art’s something you really want to do then you can totally do it! Just keep drawing every day and working at it. Even if it’s a silly little doodle you get done in your free time, keeping those muscles well worked out will help get you where you want to go.
But seriously, thanks to all of you guys for the awesome support and positive response I’ve been getting to my stuff (yeah I check all your tags lmao) so this is a friendly reminder that you guys all rock.
Thanks and I definitely don’t plan on letting up any time soon!