Microphones of Madness Reviews Beneath the Shining Jewel!

Microphones of Madness, the popular free-form talk show that discusses various pop-culture topics such as comics, weird fiction, gaming, films, tabletop role-playing games and more, reviewed my Sword and Soul / Horror novel, Beneath the Shining Jewel!

Check it out; I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did:

Jagunjagun Lewa: Balogun Ojetade and Chris Miller create a Sword and Soul manga sure to blow fans away!!

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.”

PAPIOThe Gods of the Martial Arts gain power, prestige and wealth from the number of followers they have. The Asian martial gods are most powerful and prosperous, as the Asian martial arts have long been marketed to the world and are quite popular, even in the retrofuturistic / DRISHYAafrofuturistic setting of Jagunjagun Lewa. The African gods of the martial arts, on the other hand, are so unpopular that they risk falling into eternal sleep. To save themselves, they must build the popularity of the martial arts. To achieve this, they pick an unlikely champion who, with his brother, Papio, a man cursed to live out his life as a mandrill, sets out to build the reputation and popularity of the African martial arts by defeating the best martial artists in the world. The problem is, no one wants to fight him – and NOT because of his extraordinary fighting skills.

SABADJagunjagun Lewa is set in a world of spring and gear technology; a world where the sword and spear are still the kings of weapons. It is a future much like, while also unlike, our past.

Jagunjagun Lewa (“Pretty Warrior”) is a manga that succeeds in mashing up Sword and Soul‬, Rococoa‬ and Cyberfunk, for a wild ride that will have you turning the pages and clamoring for more.

Written and created by Balogun Ojetade ‬and illustrated by Chris “Crazyhouse” Miller, Jagunjagun Lewa launches later this year!

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Black Power: The Superhero Anthology TOC

When we put out the call for submissions for Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, we expected a good response. However, we were NOT expecting to receive over 50 submissions.

Correction: over 50 submissions of some of the greatest stories we have ever had the pleasure of reading!

It was difficult to narrow it down, but we have chosen nineteen (19) stories we feel best capture what we are looking for and will excite and inspire readers who have been waiting for an anthology like this – one in which Black Superheroes are at the forefront, aren’t simply the sidekick, cannon fodder, or the “Magical Negro,” whose major purpose is to pick the white hero up (emotionally and often physically) when he is down and encourage said white hero to go on and save the world.

We at Blacktastic Books – the Comic Book, Graphic Novel and Superhero imprint of Roaring Lions Productions – are proud to reveal the TOC for Black Power: The Superhero Anthology!

Are You Experienced? by Liberty Blair Charissage

A Monstrous Journey by Mark P. Steele

Black Licorice by Keith Gaston

Blue Spark vs. the Gentle Giantess by S.J. Fujimoto

Brianna’s Interlude by Jeffrey Bolden

Capes at the End of the World by Rorie Still

Django Unplugged: A T.A.S.K. Story by Hannibal Tabu

Fall of the Caretakers by Ronald Jones

Ghost by Milton Davis

Glascock by Cynthia Ward

Gotta Go by Aurelius Raines II

Heroes Again by Balogun Ojetade

In Need of a Friend by Derrick Ferguson

New Elements by M. Haynes

Nikia the Pandora by Lance Oliver Keeble

Real Monsters by Nora Anthony

Shadowboxer: Neutral Corners by Adeatoyshe J. Heru

Tally Marks by Chris Wilts

The Superhero’s Fatter Cousin by Valerie Puissant

Where Monsters Roam by Dennis R. Upkins

The SOBSF Con DVD!

If you missed the largest gathering of fans and creators of Black Speculative Fiction, Film, Cosplay and Comic Books EVER, if you were there and want a memento of this historic, fun and moving event, or if you simply want to catch up on some panels you missed, then get ready…

The State of Black Science Fiction Convention DVD will be made available for purchase next week! A digital download MIGHT become available in the Fall.

This DVD, priced at just $10.00, is loaded with over 4 hours of footage!

Be sure to get YOUR piece of Black History!

 

SOBSF Con Meets the Press!

This has been a great week for Atlanta’s Black Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror scene and it will get a WHOLE LOT better come Saturday when the State of Black Science Fiction Convention kicks off.

In the meantime, enjoy some of the press SOBSF Con is getting – both real and imagined – you figure out which is which.

First, we have a radio interview from Georgia Public Broadcasting, or GPB, that features author, filmmaker, dancer and futurist, Ytasha L. Womack and SOBSF Con Co-Chairs, author and publisher, Milton Davis and author, filmmaker and publisher, Balogun Ojetade.

Next we have a newspaper article from Atlanta Black News:

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Next, Balogun Ojetade was named ATLRetro’s Kool Kat of the Week!

And finally, THIS happened:

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Join us THIS WEEKEND, for two days of Black Speculative Fiction, Film, Fashion, Fabrication and FUN!

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The Tuskegee Heirs and SOBSF Con present the YOU are the Hero Cosplay Contest!

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Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham, the geniuses behind the Tuskegee Heirs comic book and animation projects we are ALL looking forward to, came to SOBSF Con Co-Chair, Milton Davis with a proposal:

“How about a Cosplay Contest? We’ll put in half the money for it.”

SOBSF ConAnd thus it happened. So now, along will all the other Blacktastic happenings at the State of Black Science Fiction Convention, we have added the YOU are the Hero Cosplay Contest.

There will be cash prizes and awards, so cosplayers and aspiring cosplayers wear your coolest costumes, sign up at SOBSF Con and strut your stuff!

Here are the rules:

The YOU are the Hero Cosplay Contest has two categories: Adult & Youth.

Adults are contestants who are 16 years old or older. Youth are those contestants who are under 16 years of age.

Contestants will be judged on:

  • Craft – Contestants are judged on both the overall appearance of their cosplay, and the quality of the construction of the costume.
  • Coolness – Contestants are judged on their acting, presentation and presence.
  • Creativity – Contestants are judged on their originality and/or their personal spin on existing characters.

SOBSF ConEach contestant will walk down the center aisle of the theater, up the stairs and then pause at center stage to pose. Contestants will have the walk to the stage, the ascension onto the stage and the pose time to wow the judges and the crowd.

Please remember, this is a family event, so costumes that are too revealing or overly sexually suggestive will not be allowed.

No real weapons are allowed and no pyrotechnics can be used.

THIS is going to be EPIC, inDEED!

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Can YOU Pronounce SOBSFCon?

Since we came up with the acronym SOBSFCon for State of Black Science Fiction, we have had some crazy interesting pronunciation of the word, to say the least.

To show you what I mean, we hit the streets and filmed random people attempting to pronounce SOBSFCon. We shot hordes of eager folks who were highly interested in the State of Black Science Fiction Convention and we are sharing a few on video.

It was a daunting task for many, but what WAS easy was their decision to experience the Blacktasticness of SOBSF Con June 11-12. We look forward to seeing them there. We look forward to seeing YOU there, too.

In the meantime, enjoy the video!

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The Epic SOBSF Con Experience!

Here it is folks!

The Big, Bodacious, Blacknificent,  Blacktastic, fun-filled two day State of Black Science Fiction Convention schedule with the list of panelists, presenters and moderators!

Jam-packed with all the Steamfunk, Sword and Soul, Afrofuturism, Afroretroism, Rococoa, Horror, Cyberfunk, Cosplay and Black Speculative Fiction you can stand, the SOBSF Con schedule is EPIC!

SO epic, in fact, we’re not calling it a schedule, we call it an  EXPERIENCE!

Check it out:

 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

10:00am

The Afrikan Marketplace Opens!

Vending of Merchandise and Food

 

12:00pm

Theater: Hip-Hop / Afrofuturistic Puppet Show

Creator/Director: Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

 

1:00pm

Theater: Invisible Universe: A History of Blackness in Speculative Fiction

Director: M. Asli Dukan

 

2:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: We Want the Funk: Afrofuturism in Music

Moderator: Kalonji Jama Changa

Panelists: Speech Thomas, Fluxwondabat, YZ, Stacy Epps

Panel Room 1: Children – Tiny Yogis Yoga

Instructor: Tajuana F. Jones

Panel Room 2: Teens – Video Games We Love

Moderator: Dan Flores

Panelists: Brandon Davis, James Mason, Radi Lewis (via Skype)

Panel Room 3: Black Women In Speculative Fiction

Moderator: Nicole Kurtz

Panelists: Alicia McCalla, Valjeanne Jeffers, Penelope Flynn, Leticia Carelock, Cerece Renee-Murphy, Sheree Renee Thomas

Panel Room 4: Reading Octavia

Ed Hall, Sheree Renee Thomas

 

4:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: Special Screening of “Returned”

Director: Lamont Gant

Panel Room 1: Children – Create Your Own Comic Book

Panelists: James  Mason, Sarah Macklin, Keef Cross, Tony Cade.

Panel Room 2: Teens Talk to Authors

Alicia McCalla, Alan Jones, Jeff Carroll

Panel Room 3: Black Southern Folklore in Horror Literature

Moderator: Balogun Ojetade

Panelists: Keef Cross, Brandon Massey, Valjeanne Jeffers, Sheree Renee Thomas

Panel Room 4: The Pinnacles and Pitfalls of Self/Small publishing

Moderator: Milton Davis

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Nicole Kurtz, Leticia Carelock, Gerald Coleman, Adrian “Asia” Petty.

 

 6:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: Black Craft and Consciousness in Comic Books

Moderator: Robert Jeffery

Panelists: Dawud Anyabwile, Sarah Macklin, James Mason, Chris Miller, Radi Lewis (Skype), Hannibal Tabu (Skype)

Panel Room 1: Steamfunk Style

Moderator: Balogun Ojetade

Panelists: Mark Curtis, Ofeibea Loveless, Marcellus Jackson

Panel Room 2:  African-Centered World Building

Panelists: Milton Davis, James Eugene

Panel Room 3: Afrofuturism Art and Literature

Moderator: Ed Hall

Panelists: Bill Campbell, Clint Fluker, Lisa Yaszek, Sheree Renee Thomas

Panel Room 4: Writing for the YA Market

Panelist: Alicia McCalla, Valjeanne Jeffers, Christine Taylor-Butler,  Letitia Carelock.

 

8:00 pm

Panel Room 1: Women in Horror

Panelists: Valjeanne Jeffers, Penelope Flynn, Nicole Kurtz, Sheree Renee Thomas, Tananarive Due (Skype)

 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

10:00 am

The Afrikan Marketplace Continues!

Vending of Merchandise and Food

 

Theater/Screening Room: Horror on the Black Hand Side

Panelists: Brandon Massey, Steven Van Patton, Valjeanne Jeffers, Jeff Carroll

Panel Room 1: Traditional Arms, Armor and Martial Arts of Afrika

Moderator: Kalonji Jama Changa

Panelists: Balogun Ojetade, Da’mon Stith, Akinbobola Donaldson

Panel Room 2: Children and Teens: Afrikan Martial Arts

Conducted by Afrikan Martial Arts Institute

Panel Room 3: Creator Interviews and Readings (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

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Panel Room 4: Marketing Black Speculative Media to the Masses

Moderator: Milton Davis

Panelists: Adrian “Asia” Petty, Bill Campbell, Tony Cade

 

12:00 pm

Theater/Screening Room: Screening of Short and Feature Films

Various Creators (From 12pm-4:00pm)

Panel Room 1: Stunts and Fighting for Film, Stage and Television

Instructors: Jazzy Ellis, Balogun Ojetade, Da’mon Stith, Akinbobola Donaldson

Panel Room 2: We love Anime!

Panelists:  Alana Davis, Sarah Macklin, Renee Cooper

 

2:00 pm

Panel Room 1: RPGs and Racism

Moderator: Balogun Ojetade

Panelists: Tanya Woods, Ed Hall, Tony Cade

Panel Room 2: Children and Teens Talk to Authors

Panelists: Christine Taylor-Butler, Cerece Renee Murphy, Jeff Carroll, Alicial McCalla

Panel Room 3: Steamfunk, Dieselfunk and Rococoa

Moderator: Milton Davis

Panelists: Penelope Flynn, Mark Curtis, Vernard Martin

 

4:00 pm

The Big Beautiful Black Roundtable

Moderators: Milton Davis; Balogun Ojetade

Join authors, filmmakers, actors, cosplayers, fashion designers, fabricators, comic book creators, publishers, readers and fans at this “Town Meeting” as we present, discuss, listen to and put into effect strategies and collaborations to take Black Speculative Fiction/Film/Fashion/Fabrication to the next level!

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Praise for Harriet Tubman’s Steamfunk Adventures!

harriet tubman wanted poster“I can honestly say that I’ve been waiting for this book for years…This book imagines Harriet Tubman as a superhero of sorts, in a world where she and other “Gifted” fight for good or evil. What starts out as a simple kidnapping case evolves into a sinister threat against the country–and that’s as far as I can go without any spoilers! Something like 90% of steampunk fiction takes place in Victorian era England, but moving the action to post-Civil War America makes the story fresh for that reason alone. In keeping with our country’s rebellious spirit, every character has a strong personality that leaps off the page. There’s a lot of rough and tumble action with fight scenes ripped out of a kung-fu movie. The pulp fiction sensibility keeps you turning pages and screams for a film adaptation (after “Django Unchained”, I’m looking at you, Quentin Tarantino!) Best of all? I never could have predicted all of the twists and turns in the plot...I plan to explore more of Mr. Ojetade’s work and recommend that you do as well.”

“Enjoyed the mixture of history, fantasy and steamfunk. Looking forward to more adventures.”

“I loved these two books for the speed of the storytelling and the overall tension they built as they ‘steamed’ along. Who would have thought to have the legendary Harriet Tubman, known for her work on the ‘Underground Railroad’, become a super heroine?”

“These books were fantastic, never once letting my mind wander. My hat off to the author, Balogun Ojetade for a great couple of books. I’ll be back in his corner for more!”

Move over Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter because Harriet Tubman just came to town!”

“Balogun combines so many genres into this novel that it makes your head spin, but like a good gumbo it’s all about the roux.”

“I can tell he did homework about Post Civil War 1800’s. Nor did he forsake plot for zany action. He took on important historical characters and breathes new life into them. This is alternative historical fiction at its best. Throughout the novel, you will encounter many people that will have you running to Google to discover their history. You will also encounter tall tale-ish folk that deserve their own novellas.”

Freedonia Cover Final“The pulp aspects he infused into the novel gives it an extra kick like a jalapeno boiled down into a pot of collard greens. I found myself hanging on the edge of my seat not just because of the action, but because the dialogue was canny. This was not a mindless romp of action, because there are lessons be too learned…WHERE IS MY SEQUEL BALOGUN? WHERE IS MY SEQUEL?!”

“Excellent story with interesting historical references. I enjoyed the book very much. Quality writing, well paced, interesting characters.”

Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman is an exciting mash up of steampunk, alternate history and horror…Balogun writes in a rapid fire style with short, action packed chapters and colorful, unexpected characters. No one is as they seem and the story’s twists and turns had me feeling like I was on a wild roller coaster ride and loving every minute of it.”

“One of the most entertaining aspects of Moses is the re-imaging of historical history. No one is safe from Balogun’s imagination, and everyone ends up with a fresh identity to match the world he creates for us. The other characters are just as imaginative and vivid; my two favorites are Mama Maybelle and Black Mary. When you read the book you’ll clearly see why...So get Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman, strap on your bicycle helmet and keep your hands inside the car. You’ll enjoy the ride.”

“It’s a kickass supernatural steampunk action-adventure alternate history starring American heroine Harriet Tubman as she battles the eerily-gifted and treacherous crew led by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, a hoard of ghouls, and the evil spirit of John Wilkes Booth. Set in post-Civil War USA. Appearances by Louis Pasteur, Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, among others. Wonderfully written by a master of martial arts, with never a dull moment or a superfluous word. Can’t wait for more!”

“Balogun Ojetade continues to deliver the goods in this exciting sequel to Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman. This time Harriet and Stagecoach Mary travel to the alternate America of Freedonia to save the life of Bass Bello. As before Balogun gives us historical figures like you’ve never imagined and enough twists and turns to make a ballerina dizzy. A great read from a great writer.”

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The State of Black Science Fiction Convention is just ONE MONTH away! Spread the Word!

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The State of Black Science Fiction Convention, or SOBSF Con (SOBSFic Con) is just one month away! Get your tickets and reserve those accommodations because you do NOT want to miss this!

Tell your friends; tell your neighbors; tell your children, spouses, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and even your play cousins.

Join us for a Blacktastic weekend and meet, greet, talk to and learn from cosplayers, fabricators, filmmakers, authors, actors, celebrity guests and other fans of Black Speculative works – Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror fiction, fashion, films, puppet shows and comic books created by and about people of African descent.

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