by Gyimah L. Gariba

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


by James Romberger

Whoever would not understand me would not understand any better the roaring of a tiger.

-Aimé Césaire

Per Capita, acrylic, crayon, and graphite on canvas, 1981.

I never knew Jean-Michel Basquiat, although we were of the same time and place and had friends in common, but I recognized his abilities the moment I saw his work. I can still recall how his painting resonated from the wall in a closely hung group show at CHARAS in the early eighties. It rivaled the intensity of the Alice Neel portrait across from it. Although his paintings have singular appeal in terms of their brilliant coloring alone and their…


Coonskin, “The Story of OJ”, and the radical appropriation of the Nigger Aesthetic in cartooning.

by Ronald Wimberly

My earliest memories of the word “Nigger” — or “nigga” — are of it fluttering about cookouts or family functions. Some old uncle would say it, cigarette dancing metronomically on his lip. Back then, if “nigger” had an odor, it’d be Heineken and Salem menthols; its sound, my childhood, of candor. It was a magic word. If “nigger” could be heard, or spoken without pain, we were in a safe place. And nigger wasn’t always a term of endearment. For instance, when prefixed with “dis-”, “nigga” often signaled frustration or even mild disgust. …


Race and political metaphor from Nat Turner to now.

by Elizabeth Young

Bride of Frankenstein, 1935. Universal Pictures. © Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Monster metaphors matter. They show what a culture demonizes and they provide a vocabulary for those who are marked as monstrous to resist. I have been tracking a particularly revealing and protean monster metaphor for some years. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein offers no overt discussions of racial identity for the creature who is assembled from disparate corpses and reanimated and who then rebels violently against his maker. But the figure of a Black Frankenstein monster appears with surprising frequency in U.S. culture from the nineteenth century onward, across many media, in direct and indirect references, and in…


by Ronald Wimberly

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


by Ben Passmore

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


by Kim Jooha

Endman, by Karissa Sakumoto, 2019.

Deskilled Comics are intentionally poorly drawn comics. They are popular in the art comics world today; examples include the work of, Mushbuh, Kendra Yee, Mickey Zacchilli, Karrisa Sakumoto, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Kim Jooyoung, Ben Marra, Chris Harnan, Masano Hirayama, Char Esme, Ben Mendelewicz, and Isobel Neviazsky, as well as certain aspects of Patrick Kyle and Ginette Lapalme’s works.

Besides being examples of Deskilled art, these comics often incorporate written nonsense and incorrect grammar and spelling. They are not interested in plot or the psychology of characters. They feel spontaneous, improvisational, and unplanned. They prefer stream-of-consciousness. They do not…


by Nishat Akhtar

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


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…

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