BLACK KIRBY | John Jennings & Stacey Robinson @Annex in Chicago

Last week, as I waited for Tiger Auto on Ashland Ave. to complete some need car repairs, I headed to the library on Chicago Ave.  As I went in, I glanced across the street at the large, renovated building called Annex. I noticed the art installations hanging in the windows, just as someone was taking them down.

A few hours later, on my way to pick up my car, I looked across the street at the Annex and BAM! What did I see? Some amazing Black Art! Not just any Black Art because there is alot of great Black Art; if you have the Mind to look for it!

However, this Black Art, covering the large windows, belonged to a pair of artists that I know!

BLACK KIRBY | John Jennings & Stacey Robinson @Annex in Chicago

Well, I don’t know them that personally but I am familiar with their art and success through the amazing world of the internet!  Actually, I learned of both artists in 2007 via a site and forum called and the defunct HeroTalk, respectively. The artists are

Who are they? John Jennings and Stacey Robinson are both are Black Professors and creative visual artists. United, they are Black Kirby and inspired the by legendary comic book artist, Jack Kirby ; they explore Afrofuturism.

“Afrofuturism is a movement that combines African Diaspora themes and the Black Experience infused with spirituality, technology and the futuristic visuals of science fiction. The purpose is to underscore the historical and current social issues of Blacks around the globe and engage the imagination for solutions; placed in a futuristic context across multiple mediums of visual art, literature, music, fashion etc.”

For more information, click their names above and check out the images below for a taste of Black Kirby!



Here is a great event coming in February 2017! If you are vendor of comic books, art, entertainment or a fan, check this out!  ONYXCON | SANKOFA 2017!

Per the ONYXCON site:

ONYXCON: Celebrating Diversity with a focus on the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in realms of imagination!

It is The largest convention in the Southeast celebrating the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in *REALMS OF IMAGINATION through the popular arts.


Black Comic Book Day: Of Celebration & Creativity

Turtel Onli

Black Comic Book Day (BCBD) is a yearly and national celebration and promotion of African-American comic book writers and artists. It began on February 12, 2011 with the First Annual and was hosted in three major cities, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit. BCBD was created by Father of The Black Age Of Comics, artist/writer Turtel Onli of Onli Studios, as well as Jerry Craft, creator of an award winning comic strip, Mama’s Boys.
This year, on February 12, 2012 BCBD was held in Atlanta, Chicago and New York and was a great success for the Black Age Of Comics Movement.  From workshops on the art and business to the many vendors and unique literary products, Black Comic Book Day is great way to expand the market of each artist by educating new and current fans of their works.  Expanding the awareness of Black Comic Book artists & writers will undoubtedly expand the reach & cultural importance of the art; opening new doors of opportunity & financial gains.  

If you didn’t make it out and want more details about the events & upcoming events that celebrate and promote the creative works of African / African-American Artists, due visit the links below and prepare to be informed, entertained and inspired.

Stay Creative,