Monday, February 2, 2015

Aspen Comics Spotlights Creators for Black History Month


Aspen Comics feels as if they can make some great contributions to Black History Month. In fact, the publisher plans on celebrating the month on multiple social media platforms by spotlighting black creators with whom they've collaborated three times a week on their website, official Facebook page, Tumblr and Instagram alongside each creator’s picture and a showcase of their work.

The project includes creator spotlights on Koi Turnbull, Khary Randolph, Talent Caldwell, Emilio Lopez, Hannibal Tabu, Eric Battle, Rob Stull, Larry Welch, Saleem Crawford, Keron Grant, Marla Johnson and Khari Evans. Fathom: Sourcebook writer Tabu compiled each profile, and with them Aspen hopes to honor each and every one of the Black creators with whom they've worked in both the past and present.

Says Tabu of the project: “I have to give it up to my editors, Andrea Shea and Vince Hernandez, who came up with the idea to have this happen. In a time when some people are giving lip service to diversity, Aspen is showing how it's worked towards that for years. I'm extraordinarily proud to work with everybody at Aspen. It was an honor to help spotlight and honor the overwhelming talents involved in this project. Reading comics and looking at names that seemed like the ones in my neighborhood made me wonder if there could be a place for me on comic book shelves. Now that I'm on those shelves, I am happy to share these voices, these hands, these people and their stories, especially if there's a Black child out there looking at these pages and asking the same questions. To paraphrase the work of someone I followed, Dwayne McDuffie, "I can fly ... so can you." I can't wait to see who comes asking me to participate in this for Aspen in twenty years.”

Aspen will be posting these creator spotlights every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month at 9AM, starting February 3rd. Full press release below.
Aspen Comics Spotlights Creators in Honor of Black History Month
Press Release

02-01-15

Aspen Comics will celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February on multiple social media platforms. The publisher will spotlight Black creators with whom they've collaborated three times a week on their website, official Facebook page, Tumblr, and Instagram alongside each creator’s picture and a showcase of their work. The project includes creator spotlights on Koi Turnbull, Khary Randolph, Talent Caldwell, Emilio Lopez, Hannibal Tabu, Eric Battle, Rob Stull, Larry Welch, Saleem Crawford, Keron Grant, Marla Johnson, and Khari Evans. Fathom: Sourcebook writer Tabu compiled each profile, and with them Aspen hopes to honor each and every one of the Black creators with whom they've worked in both the past and present.

Says Tabu of the project: “I have to give it up to my editors, Andrea Shea and Vince Hernandez, who came up with the idea to have this happen. In a time when some people are giving lip service to diversity, Aspen is showing how it's worked towards that for years. I'm extraordinarily proud to work with everybody at Aspen.
It was an honor to help spotlight and honor the overwhelming talents involved in this project. Reading comics and looking at names that seemed like the ones in my neighborhood made me wonder if there could be a place for me on comic book shelves. Now that I'm on those shelves, I am happy to share these voices, these hands, these people and their stories, especially if there's a Black child out there looking at these pages and asking the same questions. To paraphrase the work of someone I followed, Dwayne McDuffie, "I can fly ... so can you." I can't wait to see who comes asking me to participate in this for Aspen in twenty years.”

Aspen will be posting these creator spotlights every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month at 9AM, starting February 3rd. Check below for all of the publisher’s relevant social media links.

For more information please check www.aspencomics.com and the following official Aspen social media sites:

Facebook.com/aspencomics
Twitter.com/aspencomics
Instagram: aspencomics

Aspen MLT, Inc. is an entertainment publishing company founded in January 2003 by superstar comic artist Michael Turner. Priding itself on producing entertainment properties of the highest quality visual and storytelling elements Along with their own successful properties such as Fathom, Soulfire, Lola XOXO, Executive Assistant: Iris, Charismagic, Jirni and more. Aspen also collaborates with the comic industry's most successful companies and endeavors including Marvel Comics and DC Entertainment. Aspen has collaborated with Marvel for various hit projects, including cover work for the best-selling events Civil War, World War Hulk, and Ultimatum. Aspen collaborated with DC Comics to provide covers for such best-selling titles as Superman/Batman: The Return of Supergirl, The Justice League of America, and Eisner-nominated covers for the critically acclaimed, best-selling Identity Crisis series. In 2006, Aspen joined forces with television giant NBC to create the online comic adaptations for the hit television series Heroes. In 2012, Aspen teamed up with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment to produce the horror-adventure series Dead Man’s Run, as well as collaborating with director McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision to produce the horror comic Haunted City. Aspen also produced the one-of-a-kind Anarchy digital graphic novel for the popular body spray company, Axe. In 2014, Aspen added fellow publisher, Big Dog Ink, as its first collaborative imprint.


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