Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Sunday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a subscription service.
This week we’re taking a look at Zulu. The strip is written by Alverne Ball, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.
Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?
Alverne Ball: Zulu is the story of teen named Lazarus Jones who becomes possessed by the spirit of the great warrior king, Shaka Zulu, while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a big corporation is behind the endless gang violence and disintegration of his neighborhood.
GP: How often do you update?
AB: Zulu will be updated with 2 pages every Tuesday on Afropunk.com
GP: How long have you been producing the strip?
AB: It’s been some years I’d say, too many to want to reveal the real number, but it wasn’t until a year ago I pulled the series back out of the dark closet of my hard drive and felt that it neeWded to get out. In that time there was ups and downs but I had just finished a multi-artist web comic with Afropunk (When We Were Kings) and I thought if I can get the band back together (more importantly, artist Mike Watson) then AP might be the perfect platform for telling this story since they gave me a shot to do WWWK when no one else would hear my proposal, plus I felt that with the rise in violence in Chicago this story spoke truth to a marginalized voice that lives in the middle of all the chaos.
GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?
AB: It came in part because at the time I had never written a superhero comic and I wanted to challenge myself, you know, to see if i could do it, but at the same time I wanted to fuse my love of history with something or someone that when people saw it they’d get it, i.e. Shaka Zulu, but with a new twist to this hero’s journey and how embracing one’s ancestry and culture can build pride instead of a sense of apathy for that culture because of how its been portrayed in mass media.
Below you’ll find some sample images to when your appetite.
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