Elect a Genius this Fall

September 3rd, 2008 by | Tags: , ,

I’m not kidding, vote for Genius. Do it once a day from here on out. It’s down to the final stretch for voting, and Genius has a chance to take the top spot.

Voting for Genius means a vote for a book starring a young and intelligent black girl who is not afraid to both take no prisoners and do what has to be done because it has to be done. There are no capes, no powers, no shenanigans– just someone who has been born into a role that shows up time and time again. It’s exciting, it’s interesting, and most of all, it’s new. It isn’t Starship Troopers Meets Jaws (“we’re gonna need a bigger spaceship”) or some other dumb high concept book. It’s new and it’s a comic book.

If I absolutely have to sell it to you through a superheroic lens, consider it “What if the spirit of Oracle from DC Comics, Batman from DC Comics, Malcolm X from X-Men, and Huey P Newton from Fantastic Four had a baby and that baby grew up in South Central?”


“What If Hannibal (not from the A-Team) was reincarnated into the body of a young girl from LA in the modern day?” if you’re a history buff


“What if this was the best new comic idea in years and it didn’t get any traction because you didn’t vote for it

For serious, do you know a teen who’s curious about comics? Male, female, whatever? You can slide her this book. It’s got the right mix of “Fight the power” and “Knowledge is power” to both educate and entertain. It’s got all the fixings for a good comic and one that can pull someone in. You know how many comics I can give to my cousins? Not very many.

This is one of them. I asked for this comic over a year and a half ago and these people came through. Let’s support this book.

You can read the full issue here if you’re undecided. It’s the kind of idea that’s so awesome that everyone else is like “Ugh, I had that idea ages ago I just didn’t want to do it because it was too much awesome.”

I feel terrible that I didn’t write about it here more, because it’s exactly what I want out of comics. I got to meet the writing team at San Diego, and they were super excited about the book. I didn’t get a chance to chop it up with them, since they were signing at Larry Young’s table and I’d already spent half the con harassing Larry & co, but they’re good people. The artist is an Ormes member, and that makes her good people, too.

Go, vote.

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8 comments to “Elect a Genius this Fall”

  1. Read it, liked it, voted for it (and will continue to do so in the coming days). It certainly shows promise, so let’s hope it reaches first or second place.

    Nice job, by the way, on the second ‘tagline’ (“‘What If Hannibal (not from the A-Team) was reincarnated into the body of a young girl from LA in the modern day?’ if you’re a history buff”), that totally got my attention. I probably wouldn’t have read the comic if you hadn’t written that.

  2. I thought about doing a lot more of those, but didn’t want to run the joke into the ground. I’m glad that one worked, though!

  3. Already voted. Pretty much within a day or two of you handing me that book.
    Good stuff indeed.
    Now…who I can pass it to is the better question.

  4. Vote again! You can vote each day. I’m not sure who else to give it to around here.

  5. OK. Voted again. Didn’t know I could do that.

  6. Wow. Great.

  7. Wow. Thanks for all the support everyone. We really appreciate it.

  8. We won!!! Thanks everyone!