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Jim Crow Comics: Is It Something To Laugh At?

— Comic Strip Artist, Rahim Shabazz Releases New Controversial Comic Book —

New York, NY – Usually when you see something wrong, you question it; that’s what Rahim Shabazz wants his readers to do. He created the character Jim Crow (a crow named Jim) to not just push the envelope, but kick it as well. Shabazz uses the name Jim Crow in a satirical sense, because to him good comedy is supposed to be brutally honest. His goal in his comic series is to not only inform readers, but entertain them.

Rahim Shabazz
Rahim Shabazz

The Jim Crow comic strip reflects the overall segregations due to differences, similarities, and stereotypes in today’s society. Combining Jim’s controversial illustrations with the addition of current news and of everyday life (mostly in New York), this strip is a sometimes touchy territory where being mentally and racially aware of the obvious does not make you a racist, but for Jim and the other supporting characters it sure is a lot of fun being seen as one!

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Crowbama Clapback

Shabazz’s goal in the Jim Crow comic series is to inform readers, but also entertain them. Jim Crow attacks the issues of today in a humorous nature, but still making the public aware that these racial slurs and issues still exist. Bringing a c

omedic sense to these touchy issues helps all races come together in laughter or a combined awareness than separating ourselves due to ignorance and fear.

About Jim Crow Comics

The comic book features the illustrated tales of a talking crow, as he encounters systematic racism within his universe; these strips are parallel to the authors perspective and insight as a Black man living in a self-proclaimed progressive post-racial America. Other than Jims constant battle with The Man (aka Scarecrow, his nemesis in the comic series), Jim tackles current issues such as politics, racism, sexism… basically anything that ends in ism. Jims goal? To free the minds of anyone he encounters with his observations, editorial cartoons and magazine mockeries he illustrates at his job (The Early Bird Times).

Jim Crow was initially inspired by the duality of the American narrative: The Jim Crow Laws of 1877, and the Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century. The audacity and existence of the former, coupled with the independence and opportunity the latter afforded African Americans to cultivate and embrace Black culture, has served as a powerful medium to address current issues

Through the comics evolution, Shabazz has used the influences of pop art to grab the viewers eye, while making a parody of the nuances of race and culture. Mixing current sequential storytelling with the comedic tones of some of the most successful Black comedians (i.e. Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle), hes created a comic that is enjoyable, but seeks to educate the 88% of millennials that engage in some form of social media daily. The comic is available for purchase online at www.jimcrowcomics.com

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” - Malcolm X
“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” – Malcolm X

About the Author

Shabazzs fascination to draw as a child began as a family tradition more than a hobby. Being able to provide visual interpretations for friends and family was his way of easily gaining acceptance, which was essential to being a child of the military. During his childhood, Shabazz practiced his craft, honing in on what he loved most about art: the challenge of replicating the various styles of others.

However, as he matured, he came to the realization that in order to be a distinct artist he must have his own style; it was during that time he began redirecting the purpose of his art to be a voice for people who didnt have one. Always referring back to figure drawing and sketching, Shabazz continues to perfect his style by studying Renaissance art, early animated cartoons, conventional comic strips, and human anatomy, certain that there are still secrets to be found in the art of storytelling.

(source: BlackNews.com)

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