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between the Devil & Miles Davis

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Currently working round the clock on 'Lucifer's Garden of Verses, Book 4: Between the Devil & Miles Davis'.
More words about this & the other 3 volumes in the NBM graphic novel series soon.
Or, a peek here: http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/tooks/tookshome.html

Haven't had a decent nights sleep in sixteen years.

Convention sketches, 2004

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Congratulations to Turtel Onli for a successful Black Age of Comics convention in Chicago last weekend. A massive undertaking that turned out very well. I was there in spirit.
By some strange jerk of fate, I now live closer to Granada, Spain than to Chicago... so that's where I'll be in two weeks, signing the Spanish language edition of 'Narcissa' at the Salon de Comics, Granada. March 9th - 12th... hasta la vista!

NARCISSA by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Some of the girls are playing jacks.

Some are playing ball.

But small Narcissa is not playing

Anything at all.



Small Narcissa sits upon

A brick in her back yard

And looks at tiger-lilies,

And shakes her pigtails hard.

First she is an ancient queen

In pomp and purple veil.

Soon she is a singing wind.

And, next, a nightingale.

How fine to be Narcissa

A-changing like all that!

While sitting still, as still, as still,

As anyone ever sat!

The poetry of Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks, I've admired since I was a kid... but I only became aware of her short & sweet 'Narcissa' (written before I was born, probably) about a year after completion of my graphic novel. Her description of the child, blissfully alone, is a comfortable match with how I see Narcissa. And now she's gone home for a visit.

Love for Niki

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the following from http://glyphsonline.blogspot.com/

ECBACC presents the 2006 Glyph Awards
EAST COAST BLACK AGE OF COMICS CONVENTION PRESENTS THE INAUGURAL GLYPH AWARDS HONORING THE BEST IN BLACK COMICS AND BLACK CREATORS

Since 2002, the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) has been an annual gathering for black creators and fans from all walks of life to meet and learn from each other. This year, ECBACC reaches further out into the comics industry at large in presenting the first Glyph Awards, for outstanding achievement in black comics. The awards ceremony will take place May 19, 2006, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, with the convention to be held the following day, May 20, 2006, at Temple University’s Ritter Hall.

The Glyph Awards recognizes the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year. While it is not exclusive to black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the…

NARCISSA in Chicago & Granada, Spain

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The Southside Community Art Center at 3831 South Michigan Ave. in the Bronzeville section of Chicago will be the location of the 9th Annual Black Age of Comics Convention. There will be what's billed as 'an all-female' panel discussion on NARCISSA on February 17th from 7pm until 8pm. Started by creative force Turtel Onli, you can find out more about the convention here at his official site:
http://dablackage.blogspot.com/

Here's a preview of the Spanish edition of NARCISSA, premiering March 9th at the 2006 Salon de Comics in Granada, Spain.





And just below, the full-color cover to the Spanish edition of NARCISSA, for the Salon de Comics Granada 2006.
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The Southside Community Art Center at 3831 South Michigan Ave. in the Bronzeville section of Chicago will be the location of the 9th Annual Black Age of Comics Convention. Started by creative force Turtel Onli, you can find out more here:
http://dablackage.blogspot.com/

This event will be as follows:
A gallery exhibition opens to the public on Feb.10th. The Convention's opening reception will be on Feb. 17th and is free to the public from 4pm until 9pm. There will be what's billed as 'an all-female' panel discussion on NARCISSA from 7pm until 8pm. The Convention with vendors,artists, writers, seminars, raffles,displays, and screenings will be on the 18th & 19th of Feb. with it's hours being 11am until 4pm. The admission on those days is $2.00 per student and $5.00 per adult.

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