Kamau Mshale is the creator, illustrator and writer of the indie comic book series Captain Kacela Universal Ranger. Mshale is based in Philadelphia. He launched the comic in 2009. I met Kamau at the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago in August 2013.
Ytasha: When did you begin creating images and stories with black characters in the future?
Kamau: I’m a big sci-fi fan, so I’ve always drawn futuristic images of black people. But I really got into it with this book Kacela. The book is about brown people in space.
Ytasha: You used quite a bit of African imagery in the book
Kamau: Yes, I used a lot of African imagery. I gave Kacela these glowing bands after seeing some arm bands on people on Kenyan. I gave her a lot of symbolism from the Adinkra and the Akan people. I wanted to hint a bit at the…
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