My Journey To The Black Age XVIII

My Journey To The Black Age XVIII

Black ComixWhat is The Black Age? It is Chicago’s Black Comic Book event, that began in 1993. Turtel Onli, known as the Father Of The Black Age, produces the annual event. I visited Chicago’s South Side Community Center in the historic Bronzeville area on Saturday, September 12th to attend The Black Age Of Comics.

There is an exhibition called “Heroes And Villains” on display from September 11th – November 8th.   Then on October 10th and 17th, there will be workshops on the history and impact of the Black Age Movement. All of this will take place at the South Side Community Center, located at 3831 S. Michigan in Chicago.  That’s really cool.

 I interviewed several artists and writers. Please take a listen and leave a comment at the very bottom of the page. Thank you! 🙂

Prof. Turtel Onli

Prof. Turtel Onli / ONLI Studios

Cathy of ONLI Studios

Cathy of ONLI Studios

Joe Currie

Joe Currie / Strictly Underground Comics

Joe Currie with image of his character, Prodigy.

Me & Ashley Woods/Professional Illustrator

Ashley Woods/Professional Illustrator & I


Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson / Cartoonist


Yaounde Olu, PhD.

Ytasha Womack

Ytasha Womack / Author & Filmmaker

Ytasha Womack

Ytasha Womack


La Morris Richmond : Damian Duffy

La Morris Richmond & Damian Duffy


Dr. Auburn Ellis

Dr. Auburn Ellis

Prof. John Jennings

Prof. John Jennings




Alex Bradley, Ryan Miller, Brittney Comer & Tiffany Brown

Alex Bradley, Ryan Miller, Brittney Comer & Tiffany Brown








There is great art!

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Anthony Piper / Publisher & Illustrator

Anthony Piper / Publisher & Illustrator


Overall, I had a great time with the experience and I hope they repeat this event next year! Please leave a comment and tell me what you liked! The comment button is at the end of this post.

A quick shout out to my production team for some great audio editing.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

7 Responsesso far.

  1. Cecilia says:

    Wonderful interviews, great talent, keep up the good work young Zion.

  2. Timothy says:

    Zion you’re so young, but so intelligent. I can’t wait to see what you do next. I loved the information you shared with us through these interviews.

  3. Ben W. says:

    Look out world, here comes Zion. I learned so much through these creative artists and Professors.

  4. Wonda says:

    Ben, I was thinking the same thing. He interviewed students, those holding their doctorates, people right out of college and college/university Professors. You go Zion!!! People often look at comics in such a narrow minded way. Zion you exposed to us and the world how broad it really is.

  5. Damian says:

    Thanks for putting in all this great work to document the event, Zion. Always a pleasure to speak with an enthusiastic young artist!

  6. Yaounde Olu says:

    This is a wonderful blog and Zion was a great interviewer. I am proud of him, and look forward to great things from him in the future!

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