Meet the Creators
Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a cultural worker, educator, writer and organizer. 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. Her practice focuses on the links between racial justice, gender equity, and political literacy; using creativity to facilitate dialogue.
In 2009, she helped co-found the first chapter of Red Bike and Green in Oakland, CA, a grassroots Black urban cycling organization that focuses on the key elements of environment, economics, and health in the Black community. Her experience organizing around cycling led Smith to found the first ever Clitoral Mass, a mass women's (and women identified) bike ride, in Oakland, CA in 2013.
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.