Aesthetic Grooves

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein

Women’s History month is a very special time at the Museum Of UnCut Funk. As we celebrate the accomplishments of women in every aspect of  American History, we are focusing on women in the arts. To help us make this year’s celebration more note worthy we are honored to have Nancy Goldstein, author of Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist, as a guest content contributor.

Thank you Nancy.

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DE’BA Designs

DE’BA Designs

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is pleased to add D’Andhra Bascomb to the Aesthetic Grooves family.

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Daddy Cool Graphic Novel – Chapter 1

Daddy Cool Graphic Novel – Chapter 1

I have always been a fan of black and white comic art. When I first saw the Daddy Cool graphic novel I read it right away and I spent a lot of time studying the black and white art on each page. For me, there is nothing like a graphic novel or a comic book drawn in black and white. It’s classic…almost like a black and white photograph.

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Daddy Cool – The Graphic Novel

Daddy Cool – The Graphic Novel

Daddy Cool is one of the first graphic novels the Museum Of UnCut Funk archived in it’s collection. Being a fan of Black and White comics I sought out this novel for the collection. I have found very little written about Daddy Cool. I did, however, come across one article written by Kristy Valenti for Comixology. We thank Kristy for allowing the Museum Of UnCut Funk to reprint her article.

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André LeRoy Davis – Artist Extraordinaire

André LeRoy Davis – Artist Extraordinaire

As The Museum Of UnCut Funk is rooted in 1970’s Black culture, and that era was all about making a statement, we love art that is bold and takes a stand, particularly a political one. André LeRoy Davis’ art fits that bill. We hope you like A.L.Dré’s work.

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Django UnChained – The Comic Book

Django UnChained – The Comic Book

I’m a big Quentin Tarantino fan and have been for years. Why? Because he loves Blaxploitation, he gets it and like the Museum Of UnCut Funk he pays homage to it…through his films. I saw Django Unchained and I loved it. It was a funny, brutal love story that happened to have slavery as a back drop. I haven’t seen the original but I plan to.

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The 2013 Glyph Comic Awards

The 2013 Glyph Comic Awards

Do You Feel like Black Comic Books and their creators could use more recognition?

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Heroes and Villains by Kevin Greene

Heroes and Villains by Kevin Greene

I saw Kevin’s work at New York Comic Con this year and really dug his celebrity caricatures, especially Nichelle Nichols aka Lt.Uhura. I was later contacted by another artist who told me to take a look at Kevin’s art. Kevin I like your creativity and I appreciate your patience. Please keep us updated on your projects…Sista ToFunky!

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Luís Alves Illustration

Luís Alves Illustration

I received an image of Luis’ work that was sent to me via facebook. I have never seen graphic design quite like this before. Being such a huge fan of 1970’s Black culture, Luis’ creations blew me away. His designs are very Afrocentric, which of course is appealing to me. His intricate patterns of iconic figures like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Prince and Marvin Gaye are so beautiful that they speak for themselves. I think you are going to like his work.

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The Walking Dead 1970’s Style

The Walking Dead 1970’s Style

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is a big fan of comic book artist Jim Rugg. I introduced myself to Jim several years ago when he published his Afrodisiac graphic novel. When I found out about his latest endeavor, The Walking Dead Ghost Variant, I purchased a copy for the Museum collection and contacted Jim to ask him if I could include it in our Aesthetic Grooves blog. The article below was reprinted with the consent of Jim Rugg.

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Sista ToFunky Is The New Chair Of The Glyph Comic Awards Committee!!!

Sista ToFunky Is The New Chair Of The Glyph Comic Awards Committee!!!

I am extremely honored to have recently been named as the new chairperson of The Glyph Comics Awards Committee (GCA). I would like to thank Rich Watson, the original chair and founder of GCA as well as the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) for this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working with this prestigious award program and the ECBACC.

Sista ToFunky

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Ben Heine

Ben Heine

The Museum Of UnCut Funk will never get enough of  our newly re-eleced Black President of the United States. As we continue to document his presidency in our Funky President blog and our Barack Obama comic book collection, we will also continue to look for artists who create the hippest and koolest portrayals of President Barack Obama. Ben Heine is definitely one of these artists.

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The Art Of Anthony Bourne

The Art Of Anthony Bourne

The Museum Of UnCut Funk welcomes Anthony Bourne to our Aesthetic Grooves family. Please check out and support his work.

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Political Satire – The Election

Political Satire – The Election

The Museum of UnCut Funk is highlighing some of the koolest and funniest political comic strips and art that we have come across. We enjoyed them and we hope you will too!

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Political Satire – The Dream

Political Satire – The Dream

As we continue with our celebration of the second term of President Barack Obama, we look back at some political comics done after the first election that suggested that Martin Luther King’s Dream had been fulfilled!

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Political Satire – Hurricane Sandy

Political Satire – Hurricane Sandy

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is not making light of the pain, suffering and loss that so many of our fellow Americans have experienced during and following Hurricane Sandy. We can relate in our own way as we had no power, heat or hot water for 12 days. Even so, we are not complaining because we know we were blessed. Here are a few comics that take a political look at this disaster.

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Matt Baker – First Black Comic Artist

Matt Baker – First Black Comic Artist

Clarence Matthew Baker was a Black comic book artist who died in 1959. He attended the Cooper Union School of Engineering, Art, and Design in New York. In 1944, he got a job as a background artist with the S.M. Iger Studio. His first published work was in Jumbo Comics #69.

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Asa Ace Moore African-American Artist by Jim Linderman

Asa Ace Moore African-American Artist by Jim Linderman

The Museum Of UnCut Funk welcomes guest writer and fellow collector Jim Linderman. We thank him for sharing his collection of drawings by illustrationist Asa “Ace” Moore and commentary on this collection of work.

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Raymond Ayala

Raymond Ayala

I had a conversation with Raymond Ayala and I was really impressed with his passion for his craft. I explained to him that I am a comic book fan and I collect them for archival purposes to ensure that 70’s Black superheroes and characters are not forgotten.

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New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

Although I had a press pass and was on a mission to throughly cover this annual event, I took some time out to share the Comic Con experience with my sister. This was her first trip to Comic Con and we had a great time. It was a bit overwhelming for her and my feet, as after a couple of hours they felt like they couldn’t move another inch. But in the end it was truly worth it, as she enjoyed herself and spent as much money money as she could.

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