With only the slightest teases ahead of time that this project would be launching soon, LAAB, an annual comic magazine curated and contributed to by comic creator Ron Wimberly, landed on Kickstarter yesterday.
In the very capable and trustworthy hands of Beehive Books to run the campaign and bring the broadsheets style magazine to print, LAAB is a “newspaper-format cartoon tabloid on identity and visual culture”.
Wimberly has worked both in mainstream and indie comics, and you’ll recognize him from Prince of Cats from Vertigo, Black History in Its Own Words at Image, and Lighten Up on The Nib.
The first issue, LAAB #0: Dark Matter will address “mythological blackness” and “black bodies in science fiction” and is currently funding.
The campaign addresses the relevance of this new magazine:
In the age of white supremacists in the White House, Nazis and KKK members rallying in the streets, and the endless roll call of victims of police violence still growing, these issues are more urgent and relevant than ever. Help us create a powerful venue in which to explore them.
The campaign will be running until December 1st, 2017 and you can find it here.
You can also watch the trailer below: