Keep It Real but Make It Funky!!! The Museum Of UnCut Funk welcomes Stephane Metayer (Stef-On Muh-Tay-Yur) to our Aesthetic Grooves blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.