Antonio Valor or Tony was an average Lawyer in Big City who decides to make a difference when he tires of the criminal nature of the city by adopting a super hero identity, Brother Man. He solves various low level crime with his above average hand-to-hand combatant skills.
His villains include the Twin Terrors, Edison or Block, and many other low or street level criminals with no outstanding powers or abilities.
This is BROTHERMAN.
We start at the beginning and talk to Dawud and Guy about where they came from and how it all started: growing up in a creative household in Philadelphia. They had support from their mother who played the piano and liked to have them sing around the piano. Guy talks about how his father really pushed him in his writing early on. They were always doing something creative around the house. Dawud talks about how his other brothers were making miniatures and small models, shooting stop motion, or photographs. But this was all for fun, for passion, and they didn’t have any professional influence.
“As far as we knew, animated cartoons were made on another planet.” – Dawud Anyabwile on a creative childhood
Guy shares the similar feeling, in that he didn’t really know any professionals growing up. He didn’t have a point of reference or someone to learn from in writing. He started by imitating or simply doing what he thought writing should be until it grew and he could get responses from people around him. It wasn’t until recently he started meeting other professional writers. It was mostly a solitary activity.
In talking about the birth of Brotherman, Dawud recalls that he was working in a mall doing illustrations and airbrush shirts. He teamed up with his brother Jason at the time to break off and make their own shirts. He did know Reggie Byers of Victory comics who started to teach him about the printing process and the basics of distributing information. Dawud and Jason decided to grab Guy as their writer and produce a comic book for Black Expo. At first they weren’t concerned about breaking into the “comic industry” but rather create a product for the audience they already sold to and knew.
We talk about advice for up and coming artists and what drives creators forward with fans, the haters and being honest with yourself. Dawud talks about how important family is to him and that comes through in his writing. It affects everything from themes and stories but also in the way he got feedback, by going to his family and reflecting on what his content means to his family and his larger community family.
Guy talks about putting it out there and standing behind it. Exploring other styles and methods of working greatly expands your skills and realize that there are many ways to do the same thing. He advises to read more, write more and get it out there.
“Doing well in the market doesn‘t necessarily mean it’s good or not.” – Guys Sims on a putting out work.
We talk about working and selling a market being labeled as a “black comic.” Dawud and Guy talk about labels and categories and how they have mostly worked for them in a positive manner. Charlie talks about his very personal relationship with Brotherman comics and how the phenomena took over nationally mostly becuase it really was a first in so many ways. Dawud talks about redefining a label, redefining a category and taking something that could be considered negative and turning it into a sought after sub category and sought after brand or style. This was one of the main business purposes of Big City Comics.
Guy and Dawud talk about how they influence each other, not just the normal production route of writing into art but the feedback loop back into writing now that a library of work exists and they have created work, thrown away work, and concepts for so many stories. How does this feedback loop affect the creation of new content? The slow development of a city map, character traits and quotes, and then even as far as a subway map, a bigger universe starts to emerge.
Scott Gustufson https://www.instagram.com/scottgustafsonart/
Minna Sundberg http://www.sssscomic.com/index.php
Peter Mohrbacher https://www.angelarium.net/seraphim/
Pixologic Live: http://pixologic.com/zbrushlive/calendar/broadcast-calendar/
Reggie Byers and Victory Comics: https://atomicavenue.com/title/2690/Shuriken-Victory
Brotherman Comics – http://www.brothermancomics.com/ Twitter: @BigCityCorp
Sketch Zone – http://www.sketch.zone Twitter: @SketchZone
Carlos R. Gomez – http://www.carlosrgomez.com Twitter: @CoconutJustice
Jack Kasprzak – http://www.sketchbookjack.com/ Twitter: @SketchbookJack
Charlie B. Williams III – http://www.cargocollective.com/charliebwilliams Twitter: @CBW3