Celebrate #28DaysOfBlackGirlsInComics with comic book writer and creator Juliana “Jewels” Smith.
It’s day fourteen of #28DaysOfBlackGirlsInComics and it’s exciting to see people thrilled to see this type of content. Let’s get right into it!
Support Black girls in comics: Juliana “Jewels” Smith
Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a Black girl in comics who uses comics to challenge her students as well as readers. A Sociology and Ethnic Studies graduate, Smith is the founder and writer of the comic (H)afrocentric. In it character dialogue makes the reader question their preconceived notions of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Smith earned the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award at the African American Library and Museum of Oakland, due to her work. In addition, Smith was awarded the Glyph Award for Best Writer for (H)afrocentric in 2016.
(H)afrocentric features four dissatisfied ethnic undergrads and their experiences in college. Furthermore, through her work, Smith has given talks about the relationship between comics, humor, gender equity, racial justice, and political literacy at the Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem, Baltimore Book Festival, and The Cooper Union. Want to engage with sociopolitical material and themes in a funny and accessible way? Look no further than (H)afrocentric! Smith is a Black girl in comics who has the ability to help you grow as a human in today’s ever-changing world, and have a blast doing it!