Welcome to Ark Republic’s inaugural issue of our latest edition, Black is a Soul, comic strip.
In a post-pandemic world, two artists living in Newark, New Jersey, navigate the arts industry. Both migrants to Newark, Hakim “Moor Knowledge” Uhuru (Chicago) and Karimah “Karimah Indigo” Blackmon (Washington DC), push to find footing in their careers as they also work through issues of social-politics, economics, race and gender. While Hakim, who is a Generation X and Karima, who is a millennial, have different entry points and perspectives, what is clear is that they are brilliant and ambitious. Currently, Newark, New Jersey is changing as it is experiencing gentrification, but it carries the reputation of being an artists-friendly city. We will see just how friendly it can be. Behind the comic strip is Gary Campbell, the illustrator, who worked on the concept and story line in collaboration with Kaia Shivers and Yolanda Aguilera.
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