In 2020, Heavy Metal editor Joseph Illidge, Comic Beat reporter George Carmona 3rd, and Anyone Comics owner, Dimitrios Fragiskatos seized the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement brought on by the murder of George Floyd to produce a book called Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community 2020-21.
While publishers throughout the comic book industry showed solidarity with the BLM movement, this book showed definitively what books were being produced by Black creators, what stores were Black-owned, and which conventions were there for the community.
The book itself was well-received, with articles in Syfy Wire, Publisher's Weekly, and Forbes. The successful launch of the first book prompted a fair in front of Anyone Comics in honor of the creators featured in the book as covered by local news.
The new volume is complete, with new features!
With the Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community 2021-2022 you will be getting the official listing of this year's:
Comic Books with a Black creative team
Publishers with POC officers whether it's the editors, marketing team or otherwise
Black- owned Comic Book stores around the country
Podcasts with Black perspectives
Welcome to the Community!
Joseph Illidge is the Executive Editor for Heavy Metal, the leading illustrated magazine and company for science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Joseph’s first job in the comic book industry was at Milestone Media, Inc., the groundbreaking publisher responsible for the popular teen hero “Static”. The first editor of color for DC Comics’ Batman franchise, Joseph is the founder of Illuminous, LLC and is co-producing the film “Xerø” with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Film and Television, writer Christopher Priest, and Color Farm Media.
George Carmona 3rd is a New York-based writer and artist, in addition to being a former Milestone Media, Inc. intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, and lifelong comic geek. He is a contributing writer on comics and nerd culture for websites like BlackSci-fi.com, Comics Beat, Graphic Policy, and Narazu.com as well as having written for StarTrek.com, The Amsterdam News, and ForAllNerds.com. He is also the author of the DC Super Friends Joke Book from Penguin Random House.
Dimitrios Fragiskatos is the owner and operator of Anyone Comics in Brooklyn and Everyone Comics & Books in Long Island City, Queens. He is also the author of Millennials: You Are Special. As a lifelong comic book fan, he is honored to work on this project with Milestone Media veterans. The fact that there are so many more pages including a 33% increase in Black owned comic book stores is probably the most exciting thing he’s seen from the industry this year! His pull list contains Static Season One, X-men, Nice House on the Lake, and Basilisk and he’s excited for Blood Syndicate, and X-men Red.