Monday, September 21, 2015

Kickstart the Week 29: Purge

Purge is a character that first came about in the mid-1990s, just as Milestone was also coming to reality. Independently produced, it was a decent comic that never quite had visuals that would ever get it far. The art was just too weak to ever get it much mainstream attention.

Fast forward two decades, and original creator Roosevelt Pitt is on Kickstarter hoping to revive the character in Past Unspoken. This time he's recruited two amazing artists to re-design the classic character, Larry Stroman and Mshindo Kuumba, two stellar talents that don't get nearly enough work from the big two. Stroman is most certainly best known for X-Factor and Tribe while Mshindo is a veteran indie artist I've loved since his days drawing Horseman.

Along with a pair of Indian artists, that team hopes to produce a new sixty page graphic novel. The sample pages look great no matter which of the four artists are involved. This truly looks like a beautiful re-invention of a character that never really got his attention twenty years ago.

The cry in the comic industry for black creators creating black characters seems louder now than it has been in years, yet Purge: Past Unspoken currently sits at less than a fifth of the way to goal with just two weeks left. With only a ten dollar buy-in, this seems to be the point where the comic industry needs to put their money where their mouths are.

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