SEE HOW JAMILA ROWSER PAYS TRIBUTE TO NATURALISTAS
A century ago, it was impossible that you would walk into a bookstore, pick up a comic book only to find a black female protagonist. This is not the same now as the trends are fast changing.
Jamila Rowser decided to team up with her illustrator, Robyn Smith to tell a story that highlights the personal and societal aspects of Black womanhood. “There’s something radical about a story of a Black woman taking time for herself and taking care of herself in ways extremely specific to Blackness,” says Smith.
" As someone who loves comics & always cheers when I see all women creative teams for comics projects this is a dream come true. I want to support Wash Day & see more projects like it" Wash Day — A Comic Paying Tribute to Black Hair Now Live on Kickstarter https://t.co/mOF3Oj7uHa pic.twitter.com/FMiDslcAwk
— Black Nerd Problems (@BlkNrdProblems) April 4, 2018
This has come alive with the birth of her idea ‘Wash Day’ the slice-of-life comic that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair. Wash Day tells the story of 26 year old, Kim from Bronx who struggles with caring for her long, thick hair. Like many naturalistas, Kim experiences highs and lows as she goes through her Sunday washday routine, including finding the right products and girl talk with her friends.
THE WASH DAY KICKSTARTER IS LIVE >> https://t.co/b7hyojoa13#WashDay is a slice-of-life comic that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair. Story by me, Art by @robsmithing and script edits by @elevenafter. I appreciate your support and RTs! pic.twitter.com/tDMW8eckca
— Killua Cam (@JamilaRowser) April 3, 2018