The Soulful Comic's Domain."You're in the zone ... THE BLACK ZONE." The website's catch phrase echoed in my mind as I was greeted by music spilling from my computer speakers, causing my head to nod and my feet to tap to the beat.
www.theblackzone.com showcases contemporary comic books of African Americans and African Canadians. The criteria for inclusion is that the comic books must be "somewhat professional (in quality) and have some kind of publishing record, whether it be in print or on the web."
Based in Toronto, Canada, website creator, Paul Martin, 33, has been collecting Black comic books, attending comic conferences and developing his own skills for over ten years. "In the late eighties and early nineties I was well into the comics scene and trying my hand in drawing and writing, I took a class taught by a person who is now my mentor "My Mentor" is the second episode of the American situation comedy Scrubs. It originally aired as Episode 2 of Season 1 on October 4, 2001. Plot
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In 1997, Martin, founder and president of Hi Profile Entertaiment (launched in 1991), a computer hardware/software company, changed the company's focus to creating graphics and multimedia. This combined with his affinity for comics birthed the Black Zone.
The philosophy behind this website, once dubbed the "Black Comics Hall of Fame", is "Edutainment Educational material that is also entertaining.
(application) edutainment - Interactive education and entertainment services or software, usually supplied commercially via a cable network or on CD-ROM. . Edutainment is learning while being entertained. A person can go through and look at something they really love, in this case, latest comics, cool artwork and stories- get the latest news and entertainment and also learn about the struggles that we have had in this area." He notes there is a lack of employment and encouragement of Black comic book artists. "Major comic book publishers have no concept of diversity. The industry itself has no concept. I try to do my part by buying what brothers are working on, which keeps them working."
By mid-July, the Black Zone will have a new look and format. "I recently teamed up with a number of individuals from black comics email lists, who will be helping me make the website community-based. For example, each person who participates can be in charge of a section," says Martin, who is currently creating a website for Milestone Media Milestone Media is a company best known for creating the Milestone comics imprint (that was published through DC Comics) and the Static Shock cartoon series. It was founded in 1993 by a coalition of African-American artists and writers (namely Dwayne McDuffie, Denys and the comic Static Shock (based on the Fox Saturday morning cartoon Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the animated television programming which was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks from the 1960s to the 1990s. ).
Martin hopes to someday publish his own comic caper caper, common name for members of the Capparidaceae, a family of tropical plants found chiefly in the Old World and closely related to the family Cruciferae (mustard family). ."l have to rewrite and retool re·tool
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2. a couple to make them appropriate for all ages, which seems to be the way to go ... the next generation, the next audience" And as for his favorite comics featured on the Black Zone, "My favorites are Blood Syndicate The Blood Syndicate is a fictional multicultural gang of superhumans created by Milestone Comics and published by DC Comics. The team first appeared in Blood Syndicate #1 (April 1993), and was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Ivan Velez Jr. and Denys Cowan. and Brotherman Dictator of Discipline." That's Edutainment!