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Masai Asantewa / Courtesy of Onyxcon

Atlanta’s Onyxcon is one of many conventions that highlight and celebrate the African Diaspora in comics, movies and related media. The first one started in 1993 in Chicago, called the Black Age of Comics Convention, and that and others around the country inspired local artist and actor Joseph R. Wheeler III to start his own.

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Wheeler points out that African Americans have been involved with comics since they began.

Courtesy of Marcus Williams.

It was 70 years ago, during World War 2, that the legendary aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen took to the skies and became the first African-American pilots to fight for the U.S. military. 

Now, their legacy may be continued in a futuristic comic book titled “Tuskegee Heirs.”

Local illustrator Marcus Williams and children’s book author Greg Burnham describe the graphic novel as a sci-fi adventure following a cast of African-American teenagers who learn how to fly and save the world.

Atlanta Animators Launch Superhero Web Comic Series

Aug 14, 2015
From left to right: Carrie Tupper, Alan Tupper and Havana Nguyen, creators of Kamikaze
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In the dystopian future, there’s not much food to eat after a pandemic destroys most plant life.

That’s the setting for a new weekly web comic series begun in July by a trio of Atlanta animators.

On “City Lights,” Carrie and Alan Tupper (a married couple) and Havana Nguyen, their associate at Kamikaze Animation, explained the story and how the series, simply named “Kamikaze,” made it to this stage.