Representation is important. There is a power in seeing creatives that look like you create characters that look like you. That power is tangible: Green Book Comics LLC would not exist if not for the absolutely amazing comic by Black Sands Entertainment, Kids to Kings. From there we began exploring the comic book medium and have been blown away by the incredible creators out there. (Special shout-outs go to Hype Manga and Saturday A.M.) Their work emboldened us to humbly think our stories are worth publishing. Thus Green Book Comics LLC was born.
Much of what we do at Green Book Comics is inspired by history and our name is no exception. During the Jim Crow era, rampant discrimination made traveling difficult for Black Americans, from refusal for food and lodging to arbitrary arrest to threats of physical violence and forcible expulsion. From 1936 to 1966, Victor Hugo Green published The Negro Motorist Green Book to list places friendly to Black Americans. Radically choosing to service Black customers meant that these businesses were choosing to service everyone. In that vein, Green Book Comics will have stories that service everyone.
What We Believe
In the same vein as the real Black Panther Party's Ten-Point Program, Green Book Comics has our own set of values that we believe.
- We believe that there need to be more outlets for Black characters and characters of color.
- We believe that Black characters and characters of color should have a dynamic presence in creative works.
- We believe that black writers and writers of color should be allowed to tell their own stories.
- We believe that fiction based on historical allusions of Black people and people of color should center their voices.
- We believe that women in general and black women and women of color, in particular, should not be maligned.
- We believe that white characters and white-passing characters should not be the default when telling stories.
- We believe that everyone no matter race, cis/trans, ability, etc. should take self-evaluations of their internal racism, transphobia, ableism, etc.
- We believe that racism is a systematic ailment on global society in general, and American society in particular that goes so much beyond racial epithets and personal interactions, but includes interlocking systems of oppression.
- We believe that race has no basis in biology but has tangible effects on social, political and economic realities.
- We believe that people should be their most truly authentic self in all spaces that they inhabit.
My name is Julien Brinson and I am from the southwest side of Metro Atlanta. Currently, I attend Stanford University. I am also a huge BLERD—Black Nerd for the uninitiated. Here are a couple of my all-time favorites—as in I’ve watched it multiple times, end-to-end and would gladly start tomorrow—anime: Code Geass; western animation: Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra; live action show: Heroes. Ironically, I actually don’t have an all-time favorite comic because I don’t think I’ve read enough really be able to pick favorites. I’m not too deep into Saga, but I’m really enjoying it so far.
I started Green Book Comics to bring to life many of the stories that kept floating around in my head. Supafly Squad is the beginning, but it’s far from the end. I’ve always loved superheroes and that’s not going to change anytime soon. I grew up watching a lot of TV. Static Shock, X-Men: The Animated Series, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited were always some of my favorites. I was actually introduced really late to comics—like in college. As would be expected, I dove for the superhero comics, of which they are nearly infinite. Now that I’m writing comics, however, I have discovered that there are so many stories that can be told with this medium and I hope that I can tell some good ones.
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