The BLACK AGE OF COMICS  - "Indie today:  Black Age forever!"
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"Telling Our Stories"
A video short produced by Barbara Jones-Hogu to interviews the founder of the Black Age of Comics along with other Black Age greats and contributors.
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Turtel Onli: Father of the Black Age of Comics
This is a documentary talking about Turtel Onli and the Black Age of Comics.The movie was made by Kali Johnson of Astrotonic Productions.
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Turtel Onli on the origins of The Black Age
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CHICAGO is the birthplace of the Black Age of Comics.

Oct 15 at 12:29 PM

Enjoy an unforgettable brunch experience with Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan and the great ladies of jazz thanks to irreverent flair of the Chicago Phil Chamber musicians and the elegant style of soprano
Adrienne Walker
Don't miss Queens of Jazz on Sunday October 27!

DOB Feb. 1993: At the National Treasure, The South Side Community Art Center in the Bronzeville District of Chicago.

BLACK AGE XXIII Sept. 28th 2019: At Kenwood Academy High School 5015 SO. Blackstone Ave. Chicago IL-USA. Free Admission. Hours: 9am until 5pm.


ONLI STUDIOS LLC is finishing its plans for its 23rd Black Age of Chicago Convention and the first Hyde Park Komix-Kon.

This is the 23rd edition of the world's first and most influential open minded, alternative, independently focused
comic-book convention.

It will feature selected indie publishers, talented artists & writers , students, college recruiters, workshops, displays along with a docu-tribute to the later visionary prolific writer, L. A. Banks. 


Free admission at the Kenwood Academy High School 5015 so. Blackstone Ave. Chicago IL

C2E2 just had its 11th year in Chicago and is growing.  This year it featured more fans and Black Age greats than ever before.  Proof that Chicago is a serious market for Graphic Novels, Comix, Games and Cosplay.

FEB. 23rd: CHICAGO - First Aid Comics, the comix super-store.... will be featuring a host of events celebrating its amazing 10th anniversary.

First Aid Comics is known for its Hyde Park and Pilsen community luv as Chicago's premier destination for Graphic Novels, Comix, Games and they mainstream, experimental or indie. They offer a growing and vital selection of Black Age products.

In Hyde Park at 1617 East 55th Street


"Yellow Negroes" : About the author:

Yvan Alagbé was born in Paris and spent three years of his youth in West Africa. He returned to study mathematics and physics at the Université de Paris-Sud, where he met Olivier Marboeuf. Alagbé and Marboeuf founded a contemporary visual arts review called L’oeil carnivore and the magazine Le Chéval sans tête (“The Headless Horse”), which gained a cult following for its publication of innovative graphic art and comics. Labeling these artistic collaborations as “Dissidence Art Work,” Alagbé and Marboeuf soon founded their own publishing house, Amok, drawing from the material serialized in Le Chéval, including the first version of Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures. In 2001, Amok partnered with the publishing group Fréon to establish the Franco-Belgian collaboration Frémok, now a major European graphic novels publisher. Alagbé lives in Paris.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave Chicago, IL 60637

WAYNE STATE University will be the site of the 10Th  Moto-City Black Age of comics convention.CHICAGO -

"BLACK AGE XXI" will be July 14th & 15th at the DuSable Museum's Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. Featuring the likes of Joe Curie: Strictly Underground, Yaounde' Olu, ONLI STUDIOS, Tim Jackson, Kathy Dawkins and more in an outdoor arts festival with a Speakers' Lecture Series in the DuSable Museum's Ames Auditorium July 14th, from 11am until 3pm.

A signing for indie publishers at the First Aid Comics Store in Hyde Park  District in Chicago, July 13, 5pm until 7pm.  Featuring Joe Curie / Strictly Underground and Prof. Onii / ONLI STUDIOS

First Aid Comics
1617 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615


The soon to be released, "Mega Sustah-Girl Work Out Book" from ONLI STUDIOS, LLC is totally illustrated by talented female artists and cartoonists. This fitness and healthy choices resource book is for females of various stages and ages who are interested in being healthier. The character, "Sustah-Girl", is interpreted by the likes of Crystal Calloway, Ola, Sara Richards, Ashley A. Woods, Jasmine Dawson, Rebekah Younger, Afua Richardson and many others. Expected to sell for $20.00 for 72 pages of instructional images, individual journal spaces and actual plans for diet management and overall conditioning.
Each artist was asked to depict the character working-out or making a healthy choice thus opening it up to have this dynamic female character visualized and imagined by these gifted women.

New Exhibit • Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics 
Opens Sat. May 12 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Interest in Black comic book characters is exploding thanks to hugely successful Marvel film Black Panther. This new exhibit, Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics,explores the painful and triumphant history of African Americans in comic books. Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics will run from, May 12 until Jan. 26, 2019. Exhibit included with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17.  Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members.  800.752.2603 or                           
 PARIS — The French comic book artist Yvan Alagbé consistently gets the same question about his work: “Why do you always draw black people?” His interrogative reply is twofold: “Have you ever once asked a white person why he only draws white people?” and “Is it not possible for me to draw a black person who is representative of humanity in general?”

Albany - Craig Rippon, with his crew of Faith & Jorel, visited Chicago to interview Prof. Onli for the "Black Age" themed video documentary he is producing on the greats related to the current Black Comix Boom!

PARIS- Founded by a Black Parisian woman named Evingel, La Cakery is a one-of-a-kind French bakery that creates Afro-centric themed cakes. Sold in a variety of styles—including colossal American layer cakes—La Cakery caters to unrepresented communities of the area with their thematic decorations and ingredient options respectful of religious and other dietary restricts (i.e. vegetarian gelatin, gluten-free options).


Prof. Onli, known as "The Father of the Black Age", is auctioning off from his collection, a limited edition Black Panther statue.
To the highest bidder come year's end. Opening bid was a mere $250.00. Interested bids should be communicated via the CONTACT tabs of the ONLI STUDIOS' website. CBS News Link:

 "A Funny Thing Happened of the Way to the Punch Line:" The Evolution of Chicago Comics into an Artform." At the Chicago Literary Alliance, Feb. 8th opening reception: 5:30pm / 7:00pm. 641 West Lake Street, Suite 200. Featuring everything from Mutt & Jeff , Dick Tracy, Brenda Starr to Malcolm-10.

The well loved and progressive Chicago politician, Bob Fioretti kicked it with the ONLI STUIDOS' product line recently at the Black Empowerment Expo presented by the Africa International House.


The late, Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975
January 11 – March 25/ 2018
“Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975” is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. It is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. She also produced the video shown on this site, "Telling Our Stories"

URBAN GRIOT is on exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center. Featuring masterful political drawings by the late great urban muralist, William Walker. He was responsible for the proliferation of public, urban,  peoples' art-murals growth since 1967, when he led the "Wall of Respect" project on Chicago's gang infested South Side.
NEW YORK:  The 6th Annual Black Comic Book Day event is coming to the Schomburg Library in Harlem NY.,  Jan. 12 and 13th 2018.

CHICAGO- Vends & Vibes took  place Dec. 9th & 10th at the almighty Arts + Public Life Arts Incubator at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. This indie arts Marketplace was a must stop & shop for the holidays. 
Featuring limited edition, often hand crafted, indie designed products, gifts and art mostly from South-Side of Chicago artists & designers. Free admission. Noon until 5pm each day. 
The DuSable Museum is the only major museum in the USA to feature a rack of indie Black Age Graphic Novels for sale in its Gift Shop. 

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Launched way back in the 20th Century at the SSCAC in the historic Bronzeville district of Chicago! Now impacting the entire industry derived from comic books or graphic novels.

The Black Age of Comics is a growing open innovative genre that celebrates creators, concepts and products in this amazing industry that are derived from the Black, Urban, African or Indie experience.

It was launched in 1993 by ONLI STUDIOS in Chicago.

Prof. Onli asks the simple question: "How diverse were the Graphics Novels & Animation industries before 1993 when we exploded with the indie Black Age bomb?  How much "Color" was in these industries?"  "How open was this game back then?"

The answers are proof that the indie Black Age is winning. Is kickin', is about you!

This is a competition for minds and markets. Its the Mainstream: Old huge and orthodox.  Versus Our Dream: Small, funky, new, innovative and open!!!

One does not have to be Black to participate.....just like you do not have to be Chinese or Mexican to explore their cuisine. We welcome you and yours to sample and share our unique flavors!

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Created in 1967: Now lets make the intelligent Black Age comparison.  The Panther is the leader of a reclusive hi-tech rich  African nation.  He even beat the Fantastic Four when he first appeared.  Now that is too cool.

A news clip from Nov. 1981 The CHicago Chatam Citizen Newspaper. Created in 1981:

We love NOG who is the protector of Planet NUBA. A whole .... entire  planet of Black and mega Blue Black super bad Nubians.  He opened the door to the Black Age making him a collector's fave!
Panther: Circa 1967.
NOG : Circa 1981.
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The Trading Post Gift Shop of the DuSable Museum of African American History is a great place to extend the teaching and learning process dealing with the range of the Black and African experience.

From ONLI STUDIOS: NOG is the Protector of all of Planet NUBA. NOG is the interplanetary intergalactic cosmic character that opened the door to the Black Age movement when it was first published in 1981 by ONLI STUDIOS.


The Schomburg Announces the 2017 Black Comic Book Festival in January 2017. 


The BLACK AGE of COMICS is the expansive future of this industry.  Why be loyal to characters created in  the 1940s and 1960s?  Your music and food choices are not that lame. Characters that your grandparents grew up on?  Really?


The catalog from the 2007 Jackson State University art exhibition featuring a who's who of famous and award winning African American comics creators and characters. Preface by Dwayne McDuffie, with essays by RC Harvey, Turtel Onli, Alex Simmons, Nancy Goldstein, William Foster, and curators John Jennings & Damian Duffy. All profits past printing costs are donated to the Scholarship America Disaster Relief Fund to help Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivors seek post-secondary education. For more information go to:

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