African Voices Summer 2017 AV Summer 2017 Digital Issue - Page 22

The Gallery Renaissance Woman Afua Richardson Takes Comics World by Storm Afua Richardson is an African-Native American comic book illustrator best known for her works in the series, “Black Panther World of Wakanda” written by Ta-Nehesi Coates and the first Black women to pen stories for Marvel Comics, Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey. Other works of hers include “All Star Batman,” “Attack on Titan” and “X-men 92.” She is one of the most celebrated Black women in the comic industry today for her vivid colors and diverse depictions of superheroes.  Afua is also a voice actor, a classically trained musician, singer, songwriter, and performer, sharing stages with Sheila- E, Har Mar Superstar on Jimmy Fallon and performed with Emmy Award winner and four-time Tony Award nominee Melvin Van Peebles in his early production of “Unmitigated Truth: Life, a Lavatory, Loves and Ladies.” It was previously titled “Brer Soul” a small three-man show where Afua performed as six different characters alongside Peebles and guitarist William Spaceman Patterson at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. Afua was also a background singer, opening for Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Parliament Funkadelic. 22 african Voices