Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hello Again!!!

Whew! Time flies, y'all!. But I'm back again!
So sorry about the lag in posting stuff.
A lotta crazy things going on in the world have occupied my mind.
But anyway, here's a taste of a comic
I made for Poesur Ink's Side B: A Musical Anthology,
due this spring, I think.
Oh yeah, and happy new year! See ya in '09!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

E. Simms Campbell

With Obama's historic nomination for US president in the headlines, I figured I'd remind people of another important figure in America, particular American cartoons.

St. Louis, Missouri native E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971) was perhaps the first important black cartoonist. He was certainly the first openly known black cartoonist to draw for national publications. I admit that I'm only beginning to know Campbell and his work. So I can't say too much about him. But I do know he was an outstanding illustrator and, at times, matched the level of artistry seen in Rockwell's work. I don't think many black artists can do illustrations, comics, and editorial cartoons and maintain a consistent level of quality like Campbell did.

I wish there was more information about him other than what's on Wikipedia. This man, I believe, isn't talked about as much as other black cartoonists like Morrie Turner. But here's a little reminder.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Comics Reporter reviews John Henry

I'm stoked that Tom Spurgeon from the Comics Reporter had a few words to say about JH, even if he kinda said my drawing sucked (sniffle). It's publicity nonetheless!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kevin Huizenga

For the past few weeks, I've been working on an illustration of one of my cartooning mentors, which is why I hadn't updated this blog. It was an exercise I started after graduating college with a major in illustration, just to keep my skills up. But here it is, finished!!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Go, Check It: Yesterdays Universe (2007)

Brilliance is not the trail that an artist blazes, but rather the followers who travel it. Released during summer 2007, Yesterdays New Quintet's Yesterdays Universe fits perfectly into this idea. This release from Stones Throw Records is perhaps one of the most important albums of the decade. The mastermind behind this record is the polymorphous, alt-rap artist Madlib, the man who, as alter ego Quasimoto, laid down hip-hop classics like 2000's The Unseen and 2005's The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Here, over the course of 15 tracks, Madlib lays down the blueprint for 21st-Century jazz fusion. It's none of that schmaltzy, smooth jazz junk. It's the perfect blend of jazz and hip-hop, taking the rich, modal sounds of Miles Davis' late '60s quintet and merging them with the electronic flourishes of RUN-DMC and Afrika Bambaataa. Crisp, ?uestlove-esque drums collide and coalesce with a laid-back, Jimmy Smith-like organ. It's a jazz record that kicks like hip-hop. In the '60s and '70s, this balance of a jazzy sound with modern sensibilities (rock n roll) created some of the most dynamic fusion records in music. And artists like Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Freddie Hubbard were quick to explore this newfound terrain. However, in the 2000s, in this current atmosphere of party rap and snap music, the mainstream doesn't take a second glance at this album, thinking it's just some artsy, alternative crap. Madlib's little masterpiece will probably have to wait a little longer for people to catch on. But people will catch on, and hindsight will laugh and say "I told you so." Cop this classic!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What's Right Is Wright

Now I don't know about you. But I personally have a certain affinity for Rev. Jeremiah Wright and what he has said (or rather shrieked) about America. For reference, I've posted YouTube links to press conference the Illnois reverend had with the National Press Club about a month ago. He gets at something the church hardly even mentions: the truth. Wright hit the nail on the head when he said America had sown seeds of destruction and now, with 9/11, is reaping the bloody, catastrophic rewards. He was close to the point when he said his condemnation from the media was an attack on the black church.

Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=SM6-K1MicZU
Part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-6BQMQAx0-Y
Part 3: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pekVHn2jWYQ

Perhaps a more accurate perspective is that America still refuses to look in the mirror and recall the destructive seeds of colonization, desolation of the Native Americans, enslavement an entire people to work for next to nothing, and institutionalization of racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice.

Though, in this short-term memory world, Americans seldom quiver anymore at the memories of 9/11, almost everybody wonder why The Almighty let the terrorists crash those planes through the World Trade Center. Most white folks are still searching for an answer to this day.
But talk to any Black, Latino, Asian, Native American or Indian person, and they'll tell you with one word: KARMA.

Right on, Wright! Brother Rage has found a new mentor.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Frotoon's 1st Official Review!

Well, finally Frotoon is getting some notice!
It comes from Rob Clough of the indie comics revue High–Low.
He reviews my John Henry: Steel–Driving Man comic book.
Here is the link: http://www.sequart.com/columns/index.php?col=9&column=2147
Honestly, I'm thrilled to death that anyone sees the book.
If anybody out there is looking for a copy, shoot me an email
at frotoon@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Hello......anybody out there?
This whole blogging thing is new to me.
So, I'll be a little slow in learning how to manage one.
But anyway, welcome to the new blog of Frotoon Comics.
Hope you like it.
Thoughts and opinions are under construction at this point.
But more will surely come.
Peace, and good hair spray.