Passion Transforming Paper into Powerful Art

It’s cool to see spontaneous artwork freely sprouting from the minds of people given the tools and opportunity for expression.

Outside of the OnyxCon Infinity Convention, people were creating artwork on the spot. In the hallway, a huge sheet of paper covered the wall. Art supplies were on a nearby table.

As the day went by, the canvas began to fill with cartoons, caricatures and creatures. Usernames, affirmations and art school announcements augmented the experience.

OnyxCon Infinity
Fulton County South West Art Center
Atlanta, GA
August 20, 2016

Day Two at the Urban Axis IndyCon 2 with Jarvis Sheffield and the Black Science Fiction Society

Day Two of the Urban Axis IndyCon 2 was very informative. I got a chance to speak with a few more of the vendors. I also had the opportunity to talk to some of the people who organized the IndyCon. In addition being passionate about bringing artists together, all of the organizers are artists in their own right. We ended up discussing everything from graphic novels to video games to music.

This event was a very special moment to me. I finally got a chance to meet Jeff and Joyce Dickerson. I dubbed them my “Literary Parents.” We’ve been down with each other for many, many years, and they stopped by to support me and the Black Science Fiction Society. And they brought me chocolate. I love chocolate.

For Day Two, I interviewed IndyCon organizer Adam McCullar (aka Imije The MC), comic book producer Nicholas Hoo, IndyCon organizer Isaac Smith, comic book artists Raymond and Anthony Sanders, graphic artist Deforrest, literary supporters Jeff and Joyce Dickerson, and comic book artist Kevin Chapman.

Here are the videos from Day Two:

Day One at the Urban Axis IndyCon 2 with Jarvis Sheffield and the Black Science Fiction Society

I recently attended the Urban Axis IndyCon 2 in Decatur, GA, over the weekend of July 23-24, 2016. Jarvis Sheffield, founder of the Black Science Fiction Society, presented me with this opportunity. I served as the moderator for the Black Science Fiction panel. (That panel was the first time I got to meet a Jedi – live in the flesh.)

The road trip to and from the event with Jarvis Sheffield and Kwesi Jackson was fun and enlightening. I met a lot of interesting people at the two-day convention. It was great to be in the company of men and women (and their children) who wholeheartedly invest in their dreams. Many of the vendors are actively pushing the boundaries of what Black superheroes can look and feel like.

With iPhone in hand, I walked around the convention and interviewed a few of the artists in attendance. For Day One, I interviewed author Chasitie Sharron Goodman, business woman Trina Rezendes, graphic artist Isaiah Massey (aka IMass21), clothing designer Bruce Cunningham, artist/designer Kelly Crosby, and comic book artist Rod Brown. I also gave my impressions of the panel I moderated.

Here are the videos from Day One: