Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Darker Mask compels you...

Here is your TDM I update:
"Heroes" on TV ain't nuthin but a soap opera. A nod to the cheesiness that's become entertainment. Get some bulk in your diet. Get some soul...
Conceived and edited by yours truly and Gary Phillips. Masterful tales of extraordinary people, of super-heroes. Of conflicted hunters and the hunted, resurgent and hopeful. Original artwork by seasoned graphic novel illustrators Shawn Martinbrough, Sean Wang, Eric Burtt, Jeff Fisher.
Stories by your all-star favs: Walter Mosley, Peter Spiegelman, Naomi Hirahara, LA Banks, Jerry Rodriguez, Mike Gonzales, Tananarive Due, Dosselle Young, Steve Barnes, Mat Johnson, Alexandra Sokoloff, Annie Nocenti, Wayne Wilson, Reed Farrel Coleman, Gar Anthony Haywood, Victor LaValle
& Nalo Hopkinson. Plus me & Gary.
The Darker Mask©. Taking the boots to the hum-drum and conventional bull out there. Feeding y'all's hearts and minds. From Tor/Forge Books. Stay tuned...
Illustration by Eric Burtt for The Darker Mask 2007

8 comments:

Tyroc said...

about HEROES...

in particular, the character D.L. Hawkins (Leonard Roberts). He's is the perfect example of why more black writers are needed in television. He starts off in jail for the first five episodes, of course. When he finally shows up, he's on the run from the law, having escaped and the police all mystified about not being able to keep him locked up. (the Negro That No Jail Can Contain...oooh, scary stuff, kids!)

Later in the storyline, we find our Super Negro, taking care of his kid...badly. It seems that Dad can't find a job and can't control his kid. So he breaks into the mental institution, where his wifey is on lockdown, to whine and complain...

Meanwhile, the kid, who by now is convinced that his Pappy is a sniveling bitch, decides that he needs to become the breadwinner and uses his super power (notice that 75% of the cast of this show has some kind of power?) to knock off a ATM machine and show his daddy how to bring home the bacon as Pops looks on in half shock, half amazment!

Now, had their been some black writers on staff, (and if there are any, they have no backbone, judging by what I've seen thus far) somebody would have said, "WTF is this $hit???" and possibly checked the offending fool into the boards, hockey style.

(breathe....breathe...)

Don't get me started....

Tyroc said...

forgot to add that he may have the power to phase thru walls but they also forgot to mention that his other power is to become the perfect sterotype.

Anonymous said...

is mike gonzales and michael a. gonzales the same person?

Christopher Chambers said...

For tyroc: Amen, Amen and Amen!!!

Fro anonymous: Yes, they are one in the same. Mr. Gonzales made his bones writing on music and culture for Vibe, The Source, XXL, Entertainment Weekly. He co-wrote co-wrote the groundbreaking hip-hop book Bring the Noise: A Guide: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture. Now he's transitioned to fiction, including Bronx Biannual and a colaboration with Kenji Jasper. We're lucky to have him and his apl Jerry Rodriguez. They bring an amazing suspense-noir element to the collection. I am hoping this thing will make a great Christmas present. Keep your eyes open also at Comic-Con ,etc.

There's something in this for everyone...

lance williams, jr said...

"Takin' the boots to..." ROFL!

That's strait up Baltimore, Chris. You are dropping your facade and showing your color, bruh!

Bravo on the project.

Anonymous said...

Was it your crew who smoked Captain America?

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