by Gemma Bedeau
Afroella is a Glyph Award nominated comic book series from writer Gemma Bedeau and artist Lee Fenton-Wilkinson who together form the dynamic duo Kromatron Comics. Afroella is inspired by a love of 1960s sci-fi, rocket ships, robots and giant monsters then sprinkled with an appreciation for Blaxploitation and cheeky pop culture references.
the strong colours and strikingly clear artwork in a realistic but cartoon style are captivating, but it is the added cleverness of the characters and the rollicking science fiction story that makes it a real winner” Forbidden Planet international
When the comic was first launched, we had such a positive response within small press comic publications as well as African American and minority focused comics and sci-fi publications.
It’s been a real struggle to get the wider press to cover the launch of our comic or review it from the first issue until now. I believe that a comic even with a Glyph Award nomination from a relatively unknown writer with a minority female character has been pigeonholed by some into being the preserve of women and minorities, although I think our readership would strongly disagree.
There is a glass ceiling within the comics industry, it isn’t an easy one to break for anyone, that being said the writers for larger publications are still predominately male and not reflective of the huge minority readership within comics. I think the industry is changing all be it slowly with funding platforms like Kickstarter and digital comics marketplaces like Comixology helping all indie creators like myself reach a wider fan-base and make the larger publications aware of the quality of our content.
As familiar as Archie might be to readers, that’s how novel Afroella is” Comics Buyers Guide Xtra
The Afroella kickstarter campaign ends Friday 18th October AFROELLA
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