Friday, November 24, 2017

Let's show some love to Puerto Rico

My friend Gloria, a Puerto Rican artist/scholar, was doing research in P.R. when Hurricane Maria cut all power to the island in September. She was able to return to mainland U.S. safely after a number of very challenging weeks.

Puerto Rico is on a long road to recovery after being hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Please consider donating or volunteering to help Puerto Rico. Volunteer lawyers, tech experts and medical staff are needed.

Despite numerous stories of people inside Puerto Rico selflessly helping their neighbors, some people have put out a false narrative that Puerto Ricans are not doing anything to help themselves and are only sitting around waiting for the U.S. government to help them. (We've probably heard the same false narrative applied to other groups of people, but that's a topic for another time.)

If compassion cannot move us to extend a hand to Puerto Rico, perhaps self-interest can motivate us. Puerto Rico is one of the world's biggest centers for pharmaceutical manufacturing. It supplies the rest of the U.S. with medicines.  Now the medicine supply in the U.S. may be impacted by the disasters that struck Puerto Rico..

Btw, do check out Gloria's artwork on Etsy. There are some fun holiday cards that you can color. And other cool stuff too.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Melody

Inspired by, but NOT claiming to be an accurate representation of, the people and wildlife of Namibia. The lady's attire is influenced by contemporary and early 20th century Ovambo clothing designs. The birds are modeled after purple rollers. As for the gemsbok, you can read the rest of the story below: Namibian woman playing bow instrument, accompanied by gemsbok and purple rollers

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Three uniquely interesting graphic novels


Escape to Gold Mountain presents the stories of 19th century North American Chinese in a fast-paced, accessible format.

The partially fictionalized saga of the Wong family is interwoven with actual historical events, such as Chinese farm workers murdered while they slept in their tents in Issaquah, Washington and the the mutilation and brutal killings of Chinese miners by white miners during the Rock Springs Massacre in Wyoming.

In I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr. , African American writer and blues performer Arthur Flowers tells the story of Martin Luther King in musical prose, while Indian scroll painter Manu Chitrakar illustrates this American story in the style pf Bengali Patua art.

In this video, Arthur Flowers narrates the story of their collaboration.


The Pack follows a group of Egyptian and Nubian Werewolves as they travel through a fantasy version of Africa.

Creator Paul Louise-Julie's says, "...as an American-born, French-Caribbean kid growing up in Europe; I couldn’t fully connect with [European fantasy] stories... I was an interested tourist, nothing more."

The Pack was created out of Louise-Julie's wish to "see more originally Black fantasy completely unrelated to racism or social commentary".

Sunday, August 27, 2017

3 video games that make a difference

Cameroon's first African role-play game: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, takes inspiration from across the continent to create its fantasy setting.

Game developer Madiba Olivier wanted to break 'the exotic world' image of Africa. It is showcased at Africade, the first art exhibition dedicated solely to African video games.
Never Alone is a collaboration between 8 Alaskan tribal communities and game developer E-line media. The platformer set in the harsh, challenging landscape of Alaska won the Best Debut Game at BAFTA Game Awards.


Eco is an online game where players must collaborate to build a civilization in a world where everything they do affects the environment. Work together through the player-run government and economy without polluting the world and destroying it.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Panda's Day (Part 2)


I got the idea for the panda-pushing scene when I was visiting someone who subscribed to China channels on cable TV. My hosts were watching a program about captive-born pandas being released back into the wild.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Panda's Day (Part 1)


The (negative) inspiration for this comic came in part from a Hollywood movie that shall remain unnamed in this post.