I've been researching the history of the Buffalo Soldiers for the past couple years. More recently I've been delving into their participation in the American occupations of Cuba and the Philippines. Their position in these wars has often been referred to as a 'Conflict of Conscious' for obvious reasons. I wanted to make a speculative piece reflecting on the true accounts of Blacks who defected to the Filipino Insurrectionists during the Pacific war.
It’s an ode to Afro-Asian solidarity and part of a larger project which maps moments of obscured history and interracial solidarity in the face of American Imperialism.
This comic was originally produced as part of my 2018-19 fellowship with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
For LAAB, I wanted to try my hand at a ghost story based on research I’d been doing on the 1803 Igbo landing rebellion, the Middle Passage, and West African cosmologies around water as a connection point to the dead.
James Baldwin x Nikki Giovanni
I recently revisited this 1971 conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni. I find that drawing while listening to conversations (recorded or in person) can transform my engagement with the dialogue and help me remember/meditate on the parts that really resonate. I’ve included a few panels here from moments that really struck me, though I encourage everyone to listen to it in its entirety.
Black & Red
Originally published on The Nib. Written by Nestor Castillo and illustrated by me. A short comic exploring the history of Black Marxists.