A conversation with Leah Penniman at Soul Fire Farm.

Leah Penniman is a cofounder and codirector of Soul Fire Farm, which is located in upstate New York, northeast of Albany and not far from the borders of both Vermont and Massachusetts. Like many farms in the Northeast, Soul Fire features hoophouses, chickens, and rows of bountiful vegetable crops. But it also has a mission as “a people-of- color-led community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system.”

Part of Soul Fire’s mission involves “training the next generation of activist farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self determination.” This training currently includes week…


by Jonathan Djob Nkondo

This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


On the political function of the Superhero Aesthetic, and the radical possibilities of the Supervillain.

by Ronald Wimberly

A while back I attended a talk Frank Wilderson III gave at Columbia University in which he compared and contrasted Django Unchained and Manderlay. At the time, I was unfamiliar with Wilderson’s work. He mentioned repeatedly that for anti-blackness to end, the world itself would have to end.

Referencing Alexandre Koyre’s The Astronomical Revolution, Fred Moten compared Black studies with Copernicus’ radical astronomical re-configuring of how we perceive our solar system. Both, Moten suggests, are “concerned with the radicalization of the earth’s foundations…the re-configuration or destruction of the world.”[1]

After nearly 15 years of working in comics…


by Tanna Tucker

This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


An interview with John Carpenter and Sandy King.

I mean — what do we expect to get from reading an interview with an artist? Haven’t they, with their body of work, given us the answers and even asked of us some questions of their own? I’d argue that the work says more about the author than the author can say about the work; there are elements of the work that speak of the artist’s unconscious.

John Carpenter has a whole career behind him. He’s an auteur whose work embodies a certain late 20th century, American outsider ethos: an ambivalent, bewildered nostalgia and disillusionment with the American dream; a…


by Hellen Jo

This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


Rethinking the news with Alexandra Bell.

Alexandra Bell (b. 1983, Chicago, IL) is a multidisciplinary artist who investigates the complexities of narrative, information consumption, and perception. In her continuing series ‘Counternarratives’, she revises, redacts and otherwise modifies pages of the New York Times to highlight how the news is being presented. She prints her modified pages at massive size and hangs them in public locations around NYC and elsewhere.

Alexandra’s work interrogates the ways media frameworks construct memory and inform discursive practices around race, politics, and culture. She employs various media to deconstruct language and imagery to explore the tension between marginal experiences and dominant histories…


by Freddy Carrasco

This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


Planet Deep South and the origins of CyberTrap.

by John Jennings

Ronald Wimberly, “The Startling Saga of Sun Ra.”

The impossible attracts me, because everything’s been done and the world didn’t change.

— Sun Ra

The epigraph above is by Herman Poole Blount aka Sun Ra. Before he became an entity that created Afrofuturist jazz and philosophy from Saturn, he came from another planet. The same planet I hail from. It’s called the Deep South. It’s deep because of its location but also because of the complex histories that exist and fester there. Most Americans don’t really think of the South when they think of the future. So much of the space in which I was…


by Sloane Leong

This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.

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