VICTORIA JOHNSON | FREELANCER
One of very few creators to bring New York City to life in a manga form. Drawing inspiration from Nas’ Illmatic, Tephlon Funk follows Queensbridge-native Inez as well as three other characters from New York City’s outer-boroughs: Gabriel (Brooklyn’s Coney Island), Giselle (Washington Heights) and Cameron (The Bronx). Together, the four are slowly being brought together for a cause that has yet to be revealed.
CALVIN REID | SENIOR EDITOR
The creative force behind the forthcoming graphic novel, ‘Tephlon Funk’, a hip-hop, manga and anime inspired urban drama. It raised $22,027 on Kickstarter in late 2015 to fund the graphic novel, that surpassed his initial goal of $15,000. The project combined a multicultural crime and martial arts tale centered on a 14-year-old girl who is trying to escape life in New York’s gritty Queensbridge housing projects.
ROB SALKOWITZ | CONTRIBUTOR
An urban crime drama set in a super-stylized vision of New York, Tephlon Funk follows 14 year-old Inez Jozlyn from Queens, who dreams of a life beyond her gang and drug-infested community. Tephlon Funk combines the aesthetics of Japanese-style comics (manga) with hip hop sensibilities, with a dose of 70’s-era Blaxploitation cinema for flavor.
EVAN NARCISSE | AUTHOR
Let’s say you’ve been yearning for a hip-hop manga inspired by Nas’ seminal album Illmatic. Tephlon Funk might be just what you’re looking for. The demo sample makes it feel like a classic rap narrative told in dramatic, decompressed Japanese comics style.
TIP JORDAN | CONTRIBUTOR
Noticing the lack of black heroines in the media, and the surplus amount of stereotypical characters. To change the perception by mixing the characteristics of X-Men’s, Storm and Metroid’s, Samus with a New York City backdrop. With many influences like Akira Toriyama, Osamu Tezuka, Katsuhiro Otomo, Bengus, Akiman, Kentaro Miura and Hayao Miyazaki.