Friday, February 08, 2008

The Ink 8

At least eight African-American cartoonists plan to take part in a Feb. 10 comics-page action to draw attention to the way their strips are perceived and purchased.

For the action, the cartoonists will all do a version of one of Thomas’ comics. The theme and writing in each strip will be similar, though “we’re all plugging in our own characters,” said Bell. The idea is to satirically protest the erroneous notion of many editors and readers that comics by African-American creators are interchangeable.

I call them the Ink 8.

It's a damn shame in modern times, and as simple and friendly as a medium that gets hardly any respect anyway,as comics, can still contain bigoted ideas and social inequality.

I'm proud these gifted black artists are doing this and I salute and support them.

See you in the funny papers Sunday.

The Ink 8

Darrin Bell

Jerry Craft

Cory Thomas

Steve Bentley

Charlos Gary

Tim Jackson

Keith Knight

Steve Watkins

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