Title: Dayblack Issues 1-4
Published By: Rosarium Publishing
Creator/Writer: Keef Cross

The Premise: Beneath the polluted clouds of DayBlack, Georgia, a man exists. After hundreds of years of killing to survive, he no longer wants to simply exist…he wants to live. DayBlack is the story of Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire in the cotton fields. Four hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of DayBlack. The town has a sky so dense with pollution that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Merce to move about freely, night or day.

Even darker than the clouds are the dreams he’s been having that are causing him to fall asleep at the awkwardest times (even while he’s tattooing someone). As he struggles to decipher his dreams, someone from his past returns with plans for him—plans that will threaten his new way of life and turn him back into the cold-hearted killer he once was.

The Creative Team: Written and Illustrated by Keef Cross.  Published by Rosarium Publishing.

What we love: While heads are still spinning about the recent announcement of Marvels Black Panther movie I had my own reservations regarding the film and it’s impact on the current indie black comix movement.

I had planned on writing a very eloquent post about it but fortunately for me everything I wanted to say, Brandon Easton beat me to it. 

Meanwhile, I’m proud to present Keef Cross’s DayBlack as a game changing black comicbook that has the potential to have an amazing impact on black and urban audiences.

Why am I so high on this book? Two reasons.

  1. Because DayBlack approaches the comic book medium unconventionally.
  2. His DayBlack short film is a wonderful extension of his vision that will carry the message of black comix and diversity deeper into the community.

Regarding the first point, DayBlack is not your average comicbook. Each and every page is a masterful work of art illustrated by Keef himself.

A tatoo artist by trade, his folkish black and white style adds so much mystique to the story.

The story, also penned by Keef, is a barebones tale that has qualities that are timeless. The dialogue is poetic and rythmic.

As for the film, the Jordan production shows just how easy Keef’s “folk” style translates to the big screen.

Based out of Atlanta, the film takes full advantage of “pastoral” scenes and a pool of talented actors the region has on hand.

The cast is bohemian and ethnic. Imagine Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes” as a full length film.

And this, boys and girls, is how we push the idea of The Black Age of Comix, Diversity in Comix and all these other multicultural movements to the forefront; by creating quality and engaging work that has the ability to scale into larger markets.

We’re extremely proud to be carrying Keef Cross’s DayBlack here on Peepgamecomix.com.  Issues 1-3 are available for download here.

Special shout out to Rosarium Publishing for their dedication to producing such unique titles as DayBlack, Kid Code and Malice in Ovenland.

For more details on the DayBlack short film visit Dayblackfilm.com.