SOUND: "Hey! What's that sound? Everybody look what's going down" Buffalo Springfield

"There's something happening here.
What it is aint exactly clear.
There's a man with a gun over there, tellin' me i got to beware...
There's battle lines bein' drawn.
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong.
Young people speaking their minds... gettin' so much resistance from behind.
It's time we stop...
Hey! Whats that sound?
Everybody look whats goin' down."
-Buffalo Springfield, 1966-

WORDS AND PICTURES: To My Comic Book Heads From Grey Williamson: Legacy of Intent

To my independent comic book heads:


If the creative product requires diversification...
That is an indication of problematic approach, execution and most of all, INTENT.
This implies racism and sexism.
The question is, who is this a problem for?
I am not for pressuring comic companies like Marvel and D.C. for inclusion and representation. 
That is artistic censorship, no matter how you spin it.
They have a right to produce THEIR product for THEIR audience.
And there would be no discussion of "diversity" without a decline in sales.
If they are forced to scale back on production because of target audience metrics, that is THEIR business.
If you are not part of that social dynamic, and you intend to be a comic creator/producer, does it serve you to invest your energy in constructs that are not interested in growing YOU or serving YOUR intended audience?
Being used as bait (as in "token hire") may not be in your best long-term interest.
And this whole business of colorization or direct imitation of product designed to discriminate against and disrespect you is weak... sad... embarrassing... appropriation...
and disrespectful to a legacy of creativity and innovation, in spite of monstrous oppression, that is our ancestral inheritance.
Being competitive in this marketplace is difficult without more than half a century of building behind your product... but isn't that what we do... who we are?
In the present political landscape that seems like a caricature of the 60's, it could not be a better time to rededicate ourselves to creating meaningful and original art within this industry, if only as a life affirming statement against "The Machine".
History tells us that... it has worked before...
There is a precedent.
And the audience deserves better...
Better than regurgitating grifters seeking only to sneak their way into tight pockets, by playing on sympathy or guilt using socially divisive terms... and conspiring to hide real competitive product and producers from social media outlets.
Yeah, we see you...
This ain't over...
We ain't done...
The beat goes on.

Grey

Prince Tribute Concert Series: 1999

So, who goes to Prince tribute concerts?

My sister, a high school Spanish teacher, was giving a test the other day when one of her students began tapping on their desk, making a beat. My sister quickly got the attention of the student by asking, "What beat is that?" The student enthusiastically responded, "Prince's Purple Rain!" To which my sister replied, "I thought so. Nice job, but please save it for an appropriate time." Student validated. Interruption ended. Win-win.

These high school students weren't even alive in 1999... There it is... Prince's legacy. 

Who would go to a Prince tribute concert? I would. 

Our dear friend, Ron Long, is the singer/bass player on the left. Camera work is shaky, but it doesn't even matter. It's Prince.

Enjoy.

~ Onjena Yo

WORDS & PICTURES: My Calling: For Heroes & Gods, For Wesley

I don’t know if anyone will care about this but…

Creating comics, for me, is a calling.

See, when I was child growing up in the ‘hood, I was surrounded by powerful figures, heroes… that dominated the landscape and transformed a war zone into a playground.

They were big brothers, not always from the same blood, but still breathin’ the same warrior air… Like a royal wind, it flowed from them surrounding and uplifting us boys through the shaping years until we could stand strong and breathe deep manly breaths like they did.

And before them were the gods.

The superhuman… almost mythical beings that had built the ground we all stood on… that taught us the rules we would live by and exemplified them to the fullest…

The gods… that defied an oppressive, overwhelming reality, to create a new one, filled with hope and wonder, that would suspend our spirits and those of generations that followed.

I saw them with my own eyes… and guarded by my heroes, walked in their massive footprints…

I would come to know them… if one ever could, really…

It was overwhelming… and it was wonderful.

My calling is to share just a touch of that with you, just because it was beautiful… and comics are the best way that I know to do it.

Stories of heroes and gods.

Last week one ascended. One of the last larger-than-life figures of my childhood stepped off from this plain into a higher vibration… to the place where gods go.

If you read any of my works and are inspired at all, know that whatever it is came from him… and from them… the blood and the breath… translated to the best of my abilities.

Rest in peaceful power Wesley. Take your place in the pantheon amongst Rip and the others… the immortals…

This one's for you… on repeat...

~ grey

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