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1992 - THE WORLD WITNESSED CHANGING TIMES, GENERATIONS, ADMINISTRATIONS, And Mourned the Death of Superman 1993 - BLACK HISTORY MONTH. NOW WITNESS THE BIRTH OF BLACK SUPERHEROES

 ATLANTA, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In what might be the most significant event in comic book history, five totally independent, innovative, Black Comic Book Publishers associate under one name, ANIA, an African word meaning to protect and defend. According to the "New York Daily News," "ANIA's entry into the comic book mainstream is the most recent and best organized push by comic book producers to add blacks to the array of superheroes that have sprung up since DC Comics introduced Superman in 1938." Minority dollars comprise a whopping 20 percent of the half a billion dollar comic book market.
 ANIA's debut is timely. They entertain as well as educate young African-Americans about black history, culture, and heritage, promoting positive images and erasing old stereotypes of sex starved black women and black male thugs, while giving white readers a dose of literary and visual reality from an African-American perspective. "Comic Shop News," the industry's top trade paper, says, "No other independent publishing venture is as ambitious as the formation of ANIA; a major venture capable of reaching people in the millions."
 The creators of ANIA are all black owners, CEO's and Presidents of their independent publishing companies. ANIA full color books will be available by request this month in the more than 8,000 comics specialty shops nationwide. They are from AFRICA RISING (CA), Ebony Warrior No. 1; AFROCENTRIC BOOKS (NY), Heru, Son of Ausar; DARK ZULU LIES, INC. (GA), Zwanna, Son of Zulu; OMEGA SEVEN (KS), Original Man No. 1; and UP COMICS (NC), Purge No. 0. Current negotiations include animation, film, and toy inquiries from major promoters. Licensed in stone are ANIA trading cards scheduled for release this summer from COMIC IMAGES, a major corporate trading card company.
 ANIA publishes in a visual, high impact format, socially conscious, strong black superheroes battling issues such as racism, AIDS, crime, gang violence, low self esteem, and the super powered perpetrators of those issues crippling all people. The books are distributed by every major distributor of comic books in the nation and Canada, with an initial goal of 3 to 5 million unit sales. "Wizard, the Guide to Comics," states that ANIA is out to rock the boat. For more information contact Nabile Hage, Ambassador, ANIA, 404-669-0697. The industry hails 1993 as the year of the black comic book.
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 /CONTACT: Nabile Hage, ANIA, 404-669-0697/


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