June 21, 2006

Rich Watson Gets Me.

I've roundaboutly known Rich Watson since the beginning of my story in the comics 'industry', which would start in 1997 or so. I bought one of Riches' mini comics, CELEBRITY, at my first SPX and loved it. I also dug that here was another black dood, out here trying to do this comics thing. I later went on to find out there's a lot more of us in the trenches, and that's always good, not for me, but for the industry - having different outlooks and voices opens the world up to new ideas.

Speaking of such, Rich has a very cool blog called GLYPHS, where he writes about African Americans and other people of color in the entertainment (comics mostly) world. He did a review of Detective Boogaloo a year or so ago, and I think he may be the first person to legit GET Boogaloo and write about it on the internets:

". . .All of this is meant to be buildup for me explaining why I like Jamar Nicholas’ strip Detective Boogaloo. It’s an original concept, to begin with – a hip-hop Columbo, basically. But it’s also evocative of what made old-school hip hop fun, within the context of a cops-and-robbers story. Rappers old and new love boasting of their prowess on the mic, to the point where they make themselves at times seem like superheroes, so it’s no big surprise that Boogaloo and his nemesis Ice Tre have superpowers. The art is obviously heavily influenced by graffiti art, an underestimated yet integral component of the hip hop movement back in its nascent period, and I especially love seeing the clothing styles, old and new, represented in the strip (albeit with slightly altered brand names). And while there is a tongue-in-cheek element to the writing, it is impossible to not recognize the love for hip hop – true hip hop, not the artificial kind manufactured by Madison Avenue and MTV and Hollywood and corporate radio – within it as well."

You're good people, man. Go visit his blog and show him love. Also, here's the rest of that blog entry here-just scroll down, cousin.

No comments: