LESSONS IN BLACK HISTORY – Black Comic Book Artists

ronwilsonBLACK COMIC BOOK ARTISTS – When I was a kid, I loved to read comic books. In fact, I was “reading” comics before I could actually read, and wanted to be a comic book artist when I grew up. At the time, I didn’t know there were any African-American comic artists. For whatever reason, I just assumed all comic artists were white guys. It wasn’t until I was about twelve that I found out there were black guys who drew comics. Although Ron Wilson, Keith Pollard, Trevor Von Eden and Denys Cowan were not the first or only black comic book artists, they were the first that I knew of, and as a result, were major influences in my life. I never did become an artist, but over the years I have had the chance to meet and work with some incredibly talented people, but none had the impact those four guys had on me when I was a kid, especially Ron Wilson, who encouraged me to pursue my dreams when I was twelve or thirteen years old.

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