Noir is the New Black Delivers 100% Creator-Owned Black Noir Comic Stories

Black Noir maybe the world’s best-kept secret in entertainment. A variation on the Noir fiction genre popularized by writers like Dashiell Hammett or Mikey Spillane. Except Black Noir blends this classic style with an African American point of view. A unique and powerful perspective brought to modern literature by authors such as Walter Mosley, Chester Himes or Paula L. Woods. In movies too, the Black Noir genre proved very popular, from the late 1960s to the 21st century. And while, many of these early movies, like Shaft, Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song (both,1971), Cool Breeze (1972) or any Pam Grier movie, were often part of the so-called “Blaxploitation wave”, the most recent efforts have put black moviemakers in charge of their own creations. Directors like John Singleton, Carl Franklin, F.Gary Gray and, of course, Spike Lee have explored the Black Noir genre in many interesting ways. 

While many comics and graphic novel have featured Black Noir stories through the years, never have these kind of stories been gathered in one place in such a powerful way. For the first time, some of the best creators in modern comics agreed to band together to produce the finest Black Noir stories ever: a collection of 13 short stories from the past, present, and future. Noir is the New Black will be a nexus, where reality and fiction collide.

The Noir is the New Black anthology is also an occasion to showcase new talents. The popular hashtag #DrawingWhileBlack, gave the world a glimpse of the amazing amount of Black creativity. And rather than waiting for other publishers to open doors, new publisher FairSquare Comics decided to make the first move. The next generation of talents as well as creators who’ve been around for a long time but were still undiscovered will take part in Noir is the New Black. A total of 25 writers, artists, color artists and letterers. Most of them Black Americans, but also a handful coming from France, Italy, and Canada.

Creators include Brandon Thomas (Excellence), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Sanford Greene (Bitter Root), Koi Turnbull (Fathom), Brandon Easton (Judge Dredd), Melody Cooper (OMNI), Christian Cooper (Starfleet Academy), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), MD Marie (Vindication), Don Walker (Agent: Wild), Hannibal Tabu (Artifacts), Frank Yeiger (Sword of the Free), Greg A. Elysee (Is’Nana: The Were Spider), Regine Sawyer (Ice Witch), N.Steven Harris (Michael Cray), Sylvain Despretz (Storyboarder for Ridley Scott and Guillermo Del Toro — among others), Ray-Anthony Height (Miles Morales, Midnight Tiger), Afua Richardson (World of Wakanda), Dorphise Jean, Vlad Alexis, David Brame, Mel Milton, Teena Stone, Karen S. Darboe, Guile, and more.

The Noir is the New Black Kickstarter runs until August 21.