Artist Showcase: John Jennings

Last week, I talked about Damian Duffy.  It seems natural to devote this post to the other Eye Trauma co-founder, John Jennings.

John has a style that is immediately recognizable. It’s raw and energetic.  His line work is scratchy and frenetic. His color stuff is lush and textural. He brings his hip-hop sensibility to everything he touches.  There’s a small gallery of some of his stuff that I have on my computer at the bottom of this post.

John is a very busy man, at least in part because he has a new idea every second.  That means that in the time I take to write this blog, he has had roughly 1800 new ideas. There are also unsubstantiated rumors that he is a Golden God.

Here’s a bio I copied and pasted.

Currently, John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Jennings is an award-winning graphic novelist and author. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy. He is an accomplished designer, illustrator, cartoonist, and visual artist. His work overlaps into various disciplines including American Studies, African American Studies, Design History, Media Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Literature.

An here’s some more links:

The Soul of Black Comix

Black Kirby NOW

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