John Jennings

professor, artist, author, graphic novelist, curator
UC Riverside & Abrams ComicArts’ Megascope

John Jennings is a professor, author, graphic novelist, curator, Harvard Fellow, New York Times Bestseller for the graphic novel adaptations of Octavia Butler’s Kindred and Parable of the Sower (Abrams ComicArts), 2018 Eisner Winner for Kindred, and all-around champion of Black culture. As Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside (UCR), Jennings examines the visual culture of race in various media forms including film, illustrated fiction, and comics and graphic novels. He is also the director of Abrams ComicArts imprint Megascope, which publishes graphic novels focused on the experiences of people of color. His research interests include the visual culture of Hip Hop, Afrofuturism and politics, Visual Literacy, Horror, and the EthnoGothic, and Speculative Design and its applications to visual rhetoric. Jennings is co-editor of the 2016 Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art (Rutgers) and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. https://www.johnjenningsstudio.com/about

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