Philadelphia, Pa – Akinseye Brown, the author of HTD: How To Draw Afrakan Superheroes has launched a new lecture discussion based on his book.
The comic book industry is filled with hundreds if not thousands of superheroes. Without being said these heroes tend to promote a continued adoration of European or Asian features in heroic imagery. Brown’s subject of how to draw African superheroes serves as one of the few if not only discourses that challenges the status of limited cultural representation and more so a lack of study into bringing African sensibilities to the fore of comic book storytelling.
Akinseye (Ah-Keen-Shay-Yay) Brown is an artist, illustrator, and writer that uses African culture, science fiction, and fantasy to tell stories. His books include coloring books like Vejo Capoeira, and Umoja Force, and comic books like Sannkofamaan, and Dara Brown: 1996. His most popular work, How To Draw Afrakan Superheroes has won a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Brown has 15-years experience in illustrating. He has served as the Education Chairmen of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention Incorporated for five year. He now serves as Event Coordinator for ECBACC, which celebrates Black images in storytelling while improving youth literacy. Brown is also the editor of the convention’s two publications the Read For Fun Workbook and the ECBACC Program Guide. Brown sells his prints and paintings through his company Sokoya Productions, LLC. Brown continues to inspire and educated through art and storytelling.
Brown’s lecture speaks to the need and the importance to create African superheroes in storytelling that reflect African sensibilities and values.