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Computer Systems Institute - Skokie 

BDM Instructor (2020-current) 

Teaching courses in the disciplines of Graphic Design, HTML Webpage Markup and Social Media

Chicago State University 

Part - Time Lecturer (2014-current) 

Successful development of curriculum and teaching courses
in the disciplines of Visual Communication

 

Effective transformation of the Intro to Multimedia class into one where students learn the finer aspects of graphic design, marketing and brand development 

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

UML Instructor (2019)

Teaching online courses in the discipline of Graphic Design

Columbia College Chicago 

Teaching Artist (2015-2016) 

Successful development of curriculum and teaching courses
in the disciplines of Comic Book Creation at Ravenswood Academy through the CCAP Program

DeVry University 

Visiting Professor (2015) 

Successful development of curriculum and teaching courses
in the disciplines of Animation and Game Design 
 

 

Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg 

Associate Professor (2001-2012) 

Successful development of curriculum and teaching courses
in the disciplines of Animation and Video Game Design 

 

Developed successful marketing strategies to increase student enrollment from 2007 - 2010

Maintains contact with various students now employed in the video game, animation, graphic design and comic book industries

 

Classes taught: Scriptwriting and Storytelling, Life Drawing,
Advanced Life Drawing, Animation Principles, Portfolio, Image Manipulation, Design Fundamentals

EXHIBITIONS

2021 

Heroes: Principles of African Greatness  

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art •
Washington, DC

2020 

Beyond the Black Panther  

Michigan State Univeristy • Lansing, MI

2015 

Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy Of
The Black Imagination • Group Show  

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture • New York, NY

 

2013 

4 Pages | 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape • Group Show 

The Silver Room • Chicago, IL

 

Comic Art Battle (Daniel Clowes Exhibition)

The Museum of Contemporary Art • Chicago, IL

 

Milestones: African-Americans in Comics, 
Pop Culture and Beyond
• Group Show  

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum • Baltimore, MD

 

2012 

Chronicle: The “Low Art” & High Concepts
of Jiba Molei Anderson • Solo Exhibition  

Forte Gallery • Chicago, IL

 

100 Canvases for a Things That Matter
Group Show
   

The Silver Room • Chicago, IL

 

2011 

AfroFuturisticFly • Solo Exhibition  

Forte Gallery • Chicago, IL

100 Canvases for a Better World • Group Show   

The Silver Room • Chicago, IL

  

2009 

The Afrosoul Chronicles • Solo Exhibition  

The Silver Room • Chicago, IL

 

2007 

Afrique Newsmagazine Gallery Show
Group Show
  

The Hothouse • Chicago, IL  

 

2005 

Black Sci-Fi: A One Man Show   

Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg • Chicago, IL

 

2003 

Comic Books, Comic Strips, and Zines 
Group Show
 

Insight Arts • Chicago, IL   

AWARDS

2019

Glyph Award (Pioneer/Lifetime Achievement)  

ECBACC (East Coast Black Age of Comics)

2016

Glyph Awards (Judge)  

ECBACC (East Coast Black Age of Comics)

2010

Glyph Awards (Rising Star nomination)

ECBACC (East Coast Black Age of Comics)

PUBLICATION INCLUSION

2021 - 2022

Access Guide To the BlackComic Book Community

George Carmona & Joseph Illidge • Neurobellum Productions

2017

Black Comix Returns  

John Jennings & Damien Duffy • Neurobellum Productions

The Encyclopedia of Black Comics

Dr. Sheena Howard • Fulcrum Publishing

2010

Black Comix

John Jennings & Damien Duffy - Mark Batty Publishing

animation

2015 - The Song of Lionogo: An Indian Ocean

             Mythological Remix

               The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

2012 - Start A Fight music video

              The Ex-Senators

PROFESSIONAL

Griot Enterprises

CEO / Chief Creative Director (1999-current) 

Creator of a company specializing in Comic Book Publishing,
Art Direction, E
ducational and Creative services including Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation and Illustration

Clients Include: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago State University, The Chicago Academy of Music, Coca-Cola, Miller Beer

Onyx Path Publishing / White Wolf Publishing

Writer (2018-2023) 

Staff writer for World of Darkness franchise specializing in character creation and world building for role playing game market.

Titles Include: Vampire: The Masquerade,
Wraith: The Oblivion and Mage: The 
Ascension, They Came From Beyond The Grave, and They Came From [CLASSIFIED]

 

Beaty Boy Records 

Art Director (2016-2018)  

Successful development of brand identity for an independent
record label including brand design, web design and package
design for label releases

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 

Creative Director / Graphic Novelist (2014-2015) 

Successful development of the graphic novel and animated short
The Song of Lionogo: An Indian Ocean Mythological Remix including script writing, illustration, package design and voice direction

Big Boots, LLC. / Universal Music Group 

Art Director / Lead Writer (2005-2007)  

Successful development of the graphic novel and motion comic book D’Cyphr: Unlocking The Code including brand design, script writing, storyboards, package design and voice direction 

Graphic Designer / Production Artist (1995–2001) 

Provided graphic design and pre-press services for various companies including DraftFCB, KBA Marketing, Ryan Partnership and other companies

PRESENTATIONS

2022 

BIPOC Mythologies & the Speculative  

Global Forms & Ancestral Identities

BIPOC POP

University of Texas at Austin • Austin, TX

2020 

Radical Love in Black Speculative Fiction  

Gwendolyn Brooks Library at Chicago StateUniversity • Chicago, IL

2019

The Power of Myth  

Penn State Altoona • Altoona, PA

4 Pages 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape:
SOL-CON  

The Ohio State University • Columbus, OH

Graphic Lit  

Chicago State University • Chicago, IL

2018

The Complexion of Comics  

Dundee Library • East Dundee, IL

Liberation Imagined: Black Panther, Afrofuturism, and the Revolutionary Existence of the Black Superhero

Chicago State University • Chicago, IL

Afrofuturism: Rise of the Black Superhero

Woodson Regional Library • Chicago, IL

Comics of Color Matter: SOL-CON

The Ohio State University • Columbus, OH

2016

Fear of the Black Hero • With/Out-¿Borders? plenary  

Kalamazoo College • Kalamazoo, MI

2015

The Song of Lionogo • A Series of Workshops  

The Smithsonian Museum of African Art • Washington, DC

 

The Complexion of Comics • M.E.C.C.A. Con

The Detroit Public Museum • Detroit, MI

2013

The Griot Speaks! / Super Black  

St. Louis Community College • St. Louis, MS

2011

3rd – 8th Grade Summer Program  

Woodward Academy • Detroit, MI

2010

Race, Politics and Culture in Comics  

The Smithsonian Museum of African Art • Washington, DC

Orientation 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Chicago, IL

 

2005 

The Self-Commodification of Culture 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Chicago, IL

FILM AND Tv art CREDITS:

2021 - Swan Song

Apple+ film

2020 - Utopia  

Amazon Prime television show

PROFICIENCIES

Creative Direction

Art Direction

Digital Wireframing

Print Design

Layout Design

Product Design

Package Design

Storyboarding

Concept Art

Character DesignPhotography
Photo Retouching

Traditional Pen & Ink Illustration

 

Copywriting

Scriptwriting

Blog Writing

Article Writing

Social Media

Editorial Services

 

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