Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CulturePOP Photocomix: Akim Funk Buddha


Today's new installment of CulturePOP Photocomix Profiles of Real-Life Characters looks at Hip-Hop performer Akim Funk Buddha.

I've been speaking with Akim for months. He had a unique concept in mind. For his CP profile, he wanted to photographically illustrate and explain the origins of a hip-hop theater piece he had dreamed up. He excitedly explained to me something about a time traveling boom box and a way to mix modern and ancient cultures and create understanding. At first, I didn't fully grasp his high-concepts, but I knew they were going to challenge me and force me to up my game.

Eventually, Akim drew up storyboards for his Urban Tea Ceremony idea and it all made sense to me and off we went.

See it here - http://activatecomix.com/104-22-1.comic

I'm particularly proud of this installment because of the challenges it presented me. In the middle portion of the piece I got to play with sequential visual narrative and tell the story through just images and layout and no text. I also had to develop techniques for having the same performer play multiple roles and make it convincing.

Catch Akim at an urban dance/experimental hip-hop event this sunday - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181244615250328

Comments welcome and appreciated, as always. Hope you enjoy it!

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