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Keystone Comic Con interview: Tim Smith 3

Corey:                   Hey guys, Corey here with Amerime Media. We're at Keystone Comic-Con. I'm here speaking with Tim Smith Greene and we're gonna talk about his brand new piece.

Tim:                       Yes, I'll hold it up right here. This is mine.

Corey:                   It's not a very vivid cover but there's a good reason for that.

Tim:                       Right here we got the merchandise right there. See the cover, the cover's done by, the interior's done by Jamal, my co-creator. Basically, it's a story about what it's a Kickstarter for it that Will funded and now it's been slated, the option now for a movie so that we've got more books in the works. We've got that's what I'm working on right now. It is a story about ninja, he is trying to stop a slave trade of young African Americans who have powers as well. They are children and he somehow went to the slavering and he's got to figure out what's going on to get them out.

Tim:                       We also have another book called Black America's Sweetheart which is a young black woman who has powers work for the earth-saving cats from trees, stopping villains. But, how does the world take that? How do they look at her and say, "You're a good person." Then her powers, on her actions and I think we'll have to find out.

Corey:                   Would you say your series is what X-men was supposed to be about but with the race intention?

Tim:                       I think we'll go back to this is, this is all my point of view. Everybody can look at it and take what they want. People compare Magneto to Malcolm X and Xavier to but to me, it's like later on in his years he doesn't like China, he wanted to protect, he wanted more rights. He didn't want to hurt anybody, he didn't want to go out there and be this angry person trying to destroy buildings and the homes and neighborhoods. He wanted to protect his art, that's all he wanted to do in my opinion. If we relate that to what black is I think first off we wanted to put this together, it's about presentation, recall that we did not see today.

Tim:                       We did not see people of color doing anything fantastic. We relied on big brand companies to tell a story that represents us, represents other minorities no matter who they are, gay, straight, man, woman, in a way that so when we did this we believed parallels of people with color, with power in comics that wonder would they be treated the same? That's where we draw the line of what X-men what is X-men in the world and looking at X-men as being outcast because again, Kwanza would say this just as fast as I would, if you have a black character join the X-men they're still with the X-men, but they're not being treated like a black person.

Tim:                       If I had a superpower and I still went out in the hood I would still get harassed, I would still have trouble opening a loan at the bank. No matter what power I had. In that would you could have Cyclops, he's not gonna have a problem. If he did have a problem he doesn't have problems throughout society. Take the glasses off, put the glasses on, put the head on, you get a nice quiet life in the suburbs.

Corey:                   Suburbia.

Tim:                       Chillin. Chillin like I'm all right. Exactly. You could have a black character in that universe. They fly off and do fantastic things with the Avengers or they went to JLA, they doing all these things so when they come home they sit down. I'm in the hood, they always in the hood,  find neighborhoods with a fine car, but they still got troubles. They choose not to use their powers for that, which is what I find extraordinary.

Corey:                   It's so easy.

Tim:                       It'd be easy for them to be like, I'm going out against my money, I can read minds, I'm about to get some lottery tickets. I'm good. we try to entrust that, we try to make it known that this is a different type of world and I'm just saying that people of color still have to address those issues and still have.

Corey:                   Just from the first few issues it's building, attention is.

Tim:                       Definitely.

Corey:                   It's very real and I really want people to go out there and check it out. Right now the buzz for it is so strong, look! It's sold out.

Tim:                       It's sold out.

Corey:                   He has one copy left, this is a lowly copy. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be gone by the end of the day.

Tim:                       Probably. I definitely have fans supporting this Kickstarter. The elements that we put out that are not on Kickstarter and working on publishing. It's definitely doing well, definitely got attention and the feedback and the fan support. We are trying. This is not easy. Obviously, It takes a lot of hands to make these books. We have our talented creative team, we've got a fantastic editor, working on this stuff. We've got good backing, we've got good support. deliver quality work We do work to try to make it a fantastic story, fantastic art to the best of our ability, to address that need of.

Corey:                   You just don't want to throw a bunch of crap to the wall with the hope it sticks. You want to be confident.

Tim:                       Every panel, every word said every piece of it we try to put together as a complete package, a good experience to rival any other promotion.

Corey:                   If it's not on your shelves at your local neighborhood you can check them out at

Tim:                       You can go there, that's my website, or you can go to the black superpower, you can go to that website, .com, you can go to the Black Mask website and order the books there as well.

Corey:                   It's Corey with TS3. TS3 is just really good ... That's just really good.

Tim:                       I'm actually the third. I was born number three in the family, but instead of the third, I put 3. It's like a trilogy.

Corey:                   It's really good.

Tim:                       The best come onto part three, right?

Corey:                   Yes it does.

Tim:                       I'm hoping I'm the best part.

Corey:                   Look, this is actually a really great opportunity, I hope you guys check it out. Please check it out. This is Corey at Keystone Comic-Con. Peace.  If you want to read more Black AF you can buy it here 


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