Drexciya: how Afrofuturism is inspiring calls for an ocean memorial to slavery

The alternative Black history of a deep-sea civilisation has planted the seed for proposals to memorialise the 1.8 million Africans who died in the Atlantic

by Helen Scales

 The Book Of Drexciya, graphic novel by Abdul Qadim Haqq and Dai Sato

“Somewhere in the dark, vast abyss of the Atlantic Ocean, deep beneath the waves, lies a civilisation. For centuries the Drexciyans have lived in peaceful isolation on the seabed, occupying their bubble metropolis, unaware of the land-based realm their ancestors were forced to leave behind. The Drexciyans trace their lineage back to the pregnant African women – considered by their captors to be sick or disruptive – who were thrown off slave ships to drown. Baby Drexciyans swam from their mothers’ wombs, never needing to breathe air, and gave rise to a subaqueous empire.”

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Panel Mania: Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder

Compiled by Calvin Reid

“Tim Fielder’s new graphic novel Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale is ambitious in the extreme. It is an epic adventure and a meta-fictional tale of survival that celebrates the presence of the Black man and Black woman in genre storytelling from the beginning of time until the end of the universe. It’s the story of Aja Oba, an ancient African warlord, who is cursed with immortality after he betrays a vengeful lover who is also a powerful witch. Oba comes to realize he has been transformed into an undying Black storytelling presence and as the millennia accumulate he inserts himself into every great historical narrative from the ancient barbarian wars to the slave trade and Civil Rights Movement to new technological advances, space travel, and the colonization of planets far from earth. In this five-page excerpt, the reader is introduced to Aja Oba and to the beginning of his endless journey through time and storytelling. Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder will be published by Amistad this month.”

Source: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/85352-panel-mania-infinitum-an-afrofuturist-tale-by-tim-fielder.html

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Newcomer Dominique Thorne To Star As Riri Williams In Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ On Disney+

Photo Credit: Getty Images / Marvel

“It was announced at Disney’s Investor Day that Marvel is working on a live-action Riri Williams/Ironheart series, aptly-titled Ironheart. Relative newcomer Dominique Thorne, who has appeared in If Beale Street Could Talk and the upcoming Judas and the Black Messiah, will play the titular character. Marvel also confirmed Moon Knight, the vigilante series rumored to star Oscar Issac. Don Cheadle will reprise his role as James Rhodes/Warr Machine in Armor Wars. Also, Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn will reprise his Captain Marvel role the Skrull Talos in Secret Invasion. Tatiana Maslany has also been confirmed as She-Hulk in that series, Hailee Steinfeld is officially Kate Bishop in Hawkeye and there was a first look at Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel.

Source: https://shadowandact.com/newcomer-dominique-thorne-to-star-as-riri-williams-in-marvels-ironheart-on-disney

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New Homer creator brings Afrofuturism to town

An illustration by David Brame for “Sanford Biggers: CODESWITCH,”created in collaboration with John Jennings. (Photo courtesy of David Brame)

“The literary genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror have for decades explored themes of the future, technology, and the fantastic. From the stark weirdness of Philip K.Dick to the spine-shivering darkness of H.P. Lovecraft, the genres were until the late 20th century largely tales of white experience told by white writers, but that’s changing.

In the new subgenre of Afrofuturism, Black creators in fiction, poetry, film, and comics are using their personal and shared history to create new tales. Last week as part of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s weekly Zoom presentation, “Inspiration and Adaptation,” new-to-Homer artist and writer David Brame spoke on Afrofuturism. His talk can be seen at www.bunnellarts.org/inspiration-and-adaptation.”

Source: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/new-homer-creator-brings-afrofuturism-to-town/

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Afrofuturist Comic Book Iwájú To Become Disney+ TV Show

“It’s not just She-Hulk, it’s Iwájú as well. You may have read about Kugali, a digital platform for African comics set up by Fikayo Adeola, Hamid Ibrahim, and Tolu Olowofoyeku, on Bleeding Cool before. We also featured Kugali Anthology Vol 1: An African Comic Anthology by Jasonas Lamy, Etubi Onucheyo, Bill Masuku, Shobo Coker, Shofela Coker, Juni Ba, Yinfaowei Harrison, and Claudio Grassi in our 35 Race-Related Graphic Novels That Should Top Amazon Chart article earlier this year, which included stories such as Mumu Juju, a comedy series set in a fantastical world inspired by Nigerian folklore that follows two friends that lose a bet and have to embark on a dangerous mission to settle their debt yet keep getting in each other’s way, Under a Jovian Sun, a coming of age story about a group of Moroccan street kinds in the year 2125, and Razor Man, a political Superhero story about a young vigilante determined to fight back against the corruption and crime that has infested his country.”

Source: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/afrofuturist-comic-book-iwaju-to-become-disney-tv-show/

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Nigerian Comics Serve Afrofuturism Direct From The Source

“Several interesting new digital comics efforts spring from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, entertainment hub (“Nollywood” is the world’s third largest film industry) and a hotbed of scrappy entrepreneurship. Because Nigeria can be a difficult market to penetrate for outsiders, much of the energy is coming from local startups who leapfrog legacy production and distribution methods, creating digital content for mobile phones favored by the young population.”

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2020/11/30/nigerian-comics-serve-afrofuturism-direct-from-the-source/?sh=6601a2402744

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Afrofuturism Lounge 2.0

Black Comix, Artists, Writers, Publisher, Animators, and more come together to showcase their wares and share share their stories with Black comic enthusiasts as well as the general public in an intimate setting that encourages engagement and networking. Come learn some how’s and why’s from industry veterans as well as entry level and novices. Enter our cosplay and/or hero/villain lair competitions.

Source: https://www.afrofuturismlounge.com/event-info/afrofuturism-lounge-2-0

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