Who are you? How long have you been a superhero?

Call me Foxy Lady.

The one in the black trench coat, shirt and trousers with the red scarf-bandanna around her lower face is the Red Jaw.

The luchador over there is Mr. Strong.

The woman fidgeting in her seat, dressed in the Buddhist nun’s garb and faceless mask is the Flaming Calm Before the Storm…

Umm… she’s starting to glow… are we in danger of her burning down the place?

Not as long as she keeps moving.

Finally, that ten-foot steel coil over there is Emperor Coil.

Oh, I thought that was one of your weapons.

(Emperor Coil) Hey, watch it with the anti-coil racism!

How is that racist? Coils are not a race.

(Emperor Coil) A racist WOULD say that. Next you’ll be building a wall!

Umm… like the Bata Taun wall at the border of the Canadian-Japanese Union territories?

That would only work if you had a forty-foot tall samurai wolf, like the Canadian-Japanese Union. And to answer your question, my weapons are these two rapiers… this pistol… and these two guitars on his back.

And your incredible powers.

Yeah… those, too. As far as how long I’ve been a superhero… well, for quite a while, but I had gone into retirement and was happy just being a single father when these good people convinced me the world needed me to be much more.

So they inspired you to… wait… you said single father. Don’t you mean single MOTHER… Foxy LADY?

Long story… that you can read in Are You Experienced? my story in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology.

So, who were some of your favorite superheroes growing up?

Were? Those superheroes still exist. In fact, it was those superheroes who caused the collapse… AND who are rebuilding the world and taking it back. I was one of those superheroes.

I meant in comic books. You DO have comic books in your world?

MY world is YOUR world. I’m from a different time, apparently. My grandma used to read comics, though. She mentioned loving some guy called Brotherman… and some series called Jagun Jagun Lewa, or something like that.

Tell us a bit about the chronicler of your adventures in BLACK POWER: A Superhero Anthology.

The Red Jaw can tell you better than I can. She recruited him… and me.

Please, Ms. Jaw… if you will?

(Red Jaw) Alhamdulillah! It would be my honor…

Liberty Blair Charissage is the chronicler of our story – and the story of the resurrection of Foxy Lady – in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology. He is a fan of obscure, weird fiction, surrealist films, and psychedelic 60’s music. He has been telling stories since he was three, and started writing when he was thirteen. He attends university in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Thank you all, for a great interview!

(Mr. Strong) Hold up! I didn’t get to say anything. (the Flaming Calm Before the Storm) Me either!

(Emperor Coil) See. Racist!

Umm… apologies. What would you like to say?

(Mr. Strong and the Flaming Calm Before the Storm) Goodbye!

*Sigh* Goodbye! And Goodbye, dear reader. Check back tomorrow for more Black Power Interviews!

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

One response »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    Wow, this one sounds outrageous! Can’t wait to read “Are You Experienced?”!

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