Hey and Welcome to the next Lesson in BLACK BUSINESS MONTH!
Today’s lesson is…going to be a little different. Rather than speaking on a specific comic or publisher, I wanted to highlight an artist, and fellow wordpress blogger (whattup!) by the name Bill Masuku.
Another African derived contributor, Masuku has an artistic style that isn’t far off from many familiar projects. Ranging from anime, to cartoon – you’ll find his Zimbabwe’s touch, much like the varying countries in Africa, stands out, but keeps its own familiar touch.
On his gallery page: ( https://www.billmasuku.com/rm/index.php/gallery/ ) you’ll find countless pieces of his work. While some art is strong, albeit displayed in a teasingly-small fashion (I see what you doin’! Make us buy to get the full scope!) not one piece looks any less genuine that its previous. As I’m learning more about African countries and their art and how that can be transferred into their artists, Masuku spares no expense in spreading his wings.
Masuku provides work that
should be found in Black Comix’s next volume (seriously, that needs to be a
thing). While I often credit some of my favorite artists in the comic industry:
Jamal Campbell, Jim Lee, Kenneth Rocafort, Jamal Campell, Brett Booth, Frank
Cho, JAMAL CAMPBELL – it’s almost expected, when one hones their craft, to almost
get used to seeing a kind of art. Great art, but expected nonetheless.
Not with Masuku.
One thing I can credit him for is having variety. Had I not been pointed in his direction, I would never guess all art is done by the same man. Easily going from Pokémon, to Steven Universe to what I think resembles Static Shock (whoop-whoop!), Masukuk proves he has no bounds.
What’s most drawing to me is, again, his variety, but not only in his skills with the pen.
Masuku does it all from drawing, to storyboarding, to writing, to blogging, and self-publishing – the dude can’t be stopped! What’s most appealing is he does Q & A’s, GIVING ADVICE, which provides a nearly unseen touch to his work that I find is rare to come by, even in the indie scene.
He does it all even commissions, but also sells his art in a separate book all together. Masuku’s work ranges from guest appearances at cons, workshops on comics and his latest comic was released earlier this year: CAPTAIN SOUTH AFRICA.
This is one of many comic creators you DON’T want to miss.
Well, that’s all for now. So, until Captain South Africa crosses over with Jember or thinking becomes illegal, I’ll see you for the next lesson.
Until then, class dismissed!