Meet the Creators
Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a writer, cultural worker, and educator. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. As an educator in community colleges Smith decided she could reach more of her students through an unorthodox medium, a comic book. She created (H)afrocentric as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. Smith was honored at the African American Library and Museum of Oakland with the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award. In 2016, she received the Glyph Award for Best Writer on (H)afrocentric Volume 4.
She has given talks about the relationship between using comics to address racial justice, gender equity, political literacy, and humor at the Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem, Baltimore Book Festival and The Cooper Union. Her practice focuses on the links between racial justice, gender equity, and political literacy. For more info, click here.
Ronald Nelson is an illustrator originally from New York City. He studied at schools such as the School of Visual Arts, The Art Student’s League, and Cooper Union; all based out of New York. He also studied under illustrator Bill Weltman and has worked professionally for the last thirteen years. Ronald’s most recent exhibits were at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley and Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco. He’s created artwork for Troma Films, working on and drawing the comic adaptations for their movies; most notable were Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer, and Sergeant Kabukiman. He previously created flash designs for the Bullseye Tattoo Company, as well as CD cover art for various music labels. A multifaceted, multitalented designer, he designed the logo for the Forsythe Mortgage Company. An earlier project involved creating the technical illustrations for Original Ideas, a company that creates workout equipment. Ronald’s areas of expertise are in the fields of portrait drawing and sequential art. He is also very proficient as a storyboard artist and cartoonist. He’s created work in the fields of technical illustration, licensing, tattoo flash, and logo design. For more information follow @ronaldnelson4 and ronaldrnelson.tumblr.com
Mike Hampton has been a self-published comic book artist and writer for over the past 10 years. Some of his titles include Hot Zombie Chicks, Captain A-hole, and his newest effort, Eagle Eye & The Quail. Mike has also lent his digital coloring talents to the popular indie comic The Mustache Ride, by Brandon Bracamonte, and Won & Phil by Age Scott. As a freelance graphic designer he has created logos, album covers, business cards, fliers, etc. For more info click here.