WRITTEN WORD: Fallen Sun: The Great War by Sci-Fi Writer Harule Stokes

I am working hard to carve out time to sit and read FALLEN SUN: THE GREAT WAR by Harule Stokes. After the overwhelming experience of the first book of this series, SECTORS, I am expecting nothing less than to be truly affected.

When discovering sci-fi novels as a child, I enjoyed being swept away to different worlds and escaping into lives much more interesting than my own. The education and the emotional effect carried me through my less than glamorous life, book after book, making growing into adulthood a wonderful experience... sometimes in direct contrast to being overwhelmed by real life, in the real world.

Now I am an adult and the truths of this world are more profound to me than what I ran away into earlier...

And something got lost in the process.

Harule Stokes with SECTORS gave me back what I missed, what had fueled me during the down days... the lows...

To know that there is more, that it continues and goes even deeper into that place... well... that deserves the real time investment... the real sit down.

It might happen this weekend.

I can't wait.

~ Grey

SPOTLIGHT: TAO OF OTAKU: You Got to Coordinate with Kugali: Geek Diaspora

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Discover culturally diverse Sci-Fi & fantasy in Kugali Media's online library. Kugali curates books, games, movies, TV shows, comics from Africa, Asia, Australia...the Geek Diaspora. Their mission is to help people find and share the best African Narratives by uniting African storytellers and fans alike on one storytelling platform.

Kugali is the parent company of the Tao of Otaku, a podcast where Ziki, Demi & Tolu share their perspective on the world of comics, videogames & all things geeky every Sunday.

The team stays busy. Below are a few spotlights produced by the Kugali/Tao of Otaku team. We were honored to be included as one of their highlights from the Geek Diaspora.  

Connect with them on twitter @KugaliMedia & @TaoofOtaku

 

Kugali shines a spotlight on founders, Grey Williamson & Onjena Yo of Carbon Fibre media, and their independent entertainment properties, Val-Mar: Gifted and CursedThe Legend of Apollo and O'BOTs. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interview of Grey Williamson here

Kugali shines a spotlight on founder of Midas Monkee, Paul Louise-Julie who has spent nearly a decade developing the world of Aya. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interviews of Paul Louise-Julie here:(1) http://www.taoofotaku.com/episode-5-p..., (2) http://www.taoofotaku.com/bonus-episo...and (3) http://www.taoofotaku.com/episode-26-...

Kugali shines a spotlight on Roye Okupe, the founder of YouNeek Studios and creator of EXO: The Legend of Wale Williams, which has gathered a cult following across the African diaspora. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interviewing Roye here.

Kugali shines a spotlight on Jide Martins, the founder of Comic Republic. For more, listen to Tao of Otaku's podcast interview of Jide Martins here.


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WORDS AND PICTURES: To My Comic Book Heads From Grey Williamson: New Talk of "Diversity"

To My Comic Book Heads:

All this "new" talk of "diversity"...
How "The Big Two" are "tryin'"...
What "they" are finally doin' for "us"...
And then the public celebration that follows...

Do you hear yourselves?

What does it say about companies that are finally forced to "diversify"? What were they doing before? What white-supremacist agenda did they have to be economically forced to momentarily deviate from... that we were investing in all along...?

After all these years, why new... why now?

... and who are "they" doin' this for?

I place diversification references in quotes because of the multilevel conflicts inherent in the terminology.

If you have to force placement of human beings into your productions about human experiences, than your work is intensely problematic.

If... 
In a world that is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-national with constant migration around it that has existed longer than our recorded history of travel... your company has to struggle to include anything outside of Aryan archetypes within its purposefully structured and manipulated heroic mythology...
Your problem is beyond disfunction but is rather something else...

I mean, who does that?

What Jesse-Owensian moment had to happen to force a change in approach?

Why do we care so much?

There is nothing about my world that requires diversification.

Instead, what we have is a constant struggle against twisted extremists who have been attempting to shift the world toward their self-serving ideologies for as long as modern civilization has existed... with various degrees of success...

All because the real world was too difficult to compete in without cheating...

All because of deep-rooted inferiority complexes that could not be fully cured by endless acquisition.

Comic books are small enough to fly in under the radar.

How much nastiness can be hidden within a sub-culture before people begin to notice, much less take of import?

As I endeavor to continue to create and produce within this Industry, the labels and terminology become like cages erupting to contain and limit my art...

trying to force it into places that it can be limited and ultimately hidden away.

That is the fight of the "free" comics creator... to connect with a readership in a place where ridiculous yet insidious terminology like "diversity", and the insane "minority", can't stop us from communicating like real people.

Just stories... just art... just "comics".

The struggle continues...

~ Grey

EXHIBIT: Medialia Gallery Presents: CULLUD: From the Freedomways Civil Rights Journal & National Syndication by BRUMSIC BRANDON Jr. & BARBARA BRANDON-CROFT: May - July 2016 (NYC)

Medialia Gallery Presents:

CULLUD: An Exhibition Of Original Comic Strips & Social Commentary Cartoons, Reprints, Artifacts And Development Work By A Father & Daughter: BRUMSIC BRANDON Jr. & BARBARA BRANDON-CROFT

Exhibit: May 7th - July 2nd, 2016

Medialia ... Rack and Hamper Gallery

335 West 38th Street, 4th Foor, New York, New York 10018

www.medialiagallery.com


A message from Barbara Brandon-Croft

I have made it my job, my duty, my calling to keep my dad’s legacy alive. He was an incredible artist…and ridiculously prolific. The lion share of his work was firmly planted in the struggle for civil rights. 

I’ve team up with researcher and scholar Tara Nakashima Donahue to pull together a collection of his works and artifacts which, starting May 7th, will be on view at Medialia Gallery on West 38th Street. 

We’re calling the show, “CULLUD” named after a board game my dad created in 1967 (where no matter how long you play, you will never win). Included in the show will be a number of pieces that my dad contributed to Freedomways (the black cultural and political journal of it’s time), original panels from Luther, and a lot more.

The show will also include originals of my work on, “Where I’m Coming From," from my 13-year stint as a cartoonist. 
My dad and I make the only father/daughter nationally syndicated cartoonists duo. We not only had separate comic strips, we had different syndicates, and they ran some twenty years apart. I'm most proud of the fact that we covered many the same topics — in our own distinct styles and from our own perspectives.

We hope you will come and enjoy the show.


About Medialia Gallery

Established in 1992, Medialia ... Rack and Hamper Gallery specializes in small, affordable works by international artists, including: book art, medallic sculpture, small sculpture, transformable sculpture, wearable sculpture and wall hangings. Work of gallery artists is exhibited on a continual basis, along with special one-person and group exhibitions by international artists.

Founder and artistic director Mashiko Nakashima, has also established the not-for-profit, New Approach Inc. to promote emerging artists and curators, as well as to encourage public awareness and exposure to unconventional medallic art. 

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SOUND: RAISE THE LEVEL OF THE FUNK: Ron Long and the New York Legendz Release Single

Long awaited... just as the lyrics say, "Take me to a place I've never been..." Ron Long and the New York Legendz latest single, "Raise the Level of the F.U.N.K." has the POWER to do just that! 

Now available on CD Baby

Anticipated album release: Spring 2016

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Produced by Ron Long and Tri-State Ent. Written by Ron Long with Julia Bonura. Filmed and edited by Tri-State Ent. Featuring Ron Long with Michael Angelo (vocals)