POC ZINE PROJECT — COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: 1001 Black Men — Black Nerds, Afro-Geeks, and Dungeon Masters with Soul

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: 1001 Black Men — Black Nerds, Afro-Geeks, and Dungeon Masters with Soul

TITLE: 1001 Black Men

CREATOR: Ajuan Mance

RELEASE: 2012

ORIGIN: Oakland, CA (USA)

DESCRIPTION BY AJUAN: 1001 Black Men is a zine that publishes selections from the 1001 Black Men online sketchbook by the artist Ajuan Mance (me), organized by subject. Here’s an excerpt from the artist’s statement, describing the goals of the 1001 Black Men project:

1001 Black Men is a series of drawings inspired by the faces I see in Oakland every day, and by my memories of the family, friends, and neighbors I grew up with out east.  In the poem “Beautiful Black Men,” Nikki Giovanni describes her love for all types of Black men, explaining that, for her, they represent “the same old danger/but a brand new pleasure.” In this series of drawings, I push past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives—our history so deeply embedded in our present, our celebrations so often tempered by grief and, yes, the pleasure and danger we find in so many of the people, places, and activities that give us joy.

This 8.5” x 11” zine includes both color and grayscale images.

Where to Buy: The zine is available on Etsy.com at the 8-Rock Press Store.

Say Hello: eightrock@ymail.com

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Editor’s Note: A “Community Submission” post results from POC folk submitting their own zine to be featured on the POC Zine Project Tumblr. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.


When you submit, feel free to add some background, a description of your work and art and your mission statement. If you just send us the name of your zine, we’ll simply link back to a source for purchasing it and use the language you already have on your site.


As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

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