Ben Passmore's critically acclaimed Your Black Friend indie comic book premieres today as a 3-minute animation courtesy of Silver Sprocket and Doggo Studios, with narration by Passmore himself.
Addressing topics of racism, identity, and alienation, the comic is a necessary contribution to the dialogue around race in the United States.
The print version of the comic won numerous awards in 2017 including the Ignatz, Dinky, and Broken Frontier, as well as an Eisner Award nomination, and coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.
The video precedes the release of Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, a 120-page hardcover collection of Passmore's comics previously published by VICE, The Nib, and a variety of independent outlets, to be released in March of 2018 by politically charged indie comics publisher and art-crew Silver Sprocket.
Your Black Friend animated short film on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iHvxXImnWKw
ABOUT THE COMIC:
In Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, Ben Passmore masterfully tackles comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humor and lived relatability. The title comic earned Passmore a much deserved Eisner nomination, Ignatz Award for “Outstanding Comic”, and a coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.
The comics in this 120-page collection include works previously published by The Nib, VICE, and the As You Were anthology, along with brand new and unreleased material.
These comics are essential, humorous, and accessible, told through Passmore’s surreal lens in the vibrant full-color hues of New Orleans.
ISBN: 978-1-945509-20-9 | Diamond: STL070802