1001 Black Men #780

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I was going through my sketches from the last several weeks, and I found this one tucked into a pile of more recent drawings. This is one of my pieces from Comic-Con 2014. This cute kid was sitting a couple rows ahead of me during a panel on Black people in comics, featuring Bayou artist and writer, Jeremy Love.

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GameStop, Emeryville, CA.

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Waiting in line outside of the Monkey King restaurant, Alameda, CA.

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The San Francisco Bay Area is home to one of largest communities of bears in the western world. In this context, the word bear refers not to large four-legged creatures of the woods, but to large gay men with big beards.

Despite the number of gay bears in this region, the Black bear remains a rare occurrence. So, when I saw these two gentleman at Books Inc. in the Castro, I knew I had to record the moment for posterity.

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Three friends, outside La Farine bakery, Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA.

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Passing by the window of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA

Why draw this brotha? It’s always interesting to see someone in real life who has the kind of body you usually only see on televised sports.

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Waiting in line at the bank, across the street from Peet’s on Fruitvale.

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA.

Why draw this brotha? Because it was one of the hottest days of the year, and his unbuttoned short-sleeve shirt with a t-shirt underneath reminded me of the elderly Black men I used to see during childhood visits to Darlington, South Carolina. My grandmother lived on the Black side of town where, for many folks, the only way to get a little relief from the heat was to sit out on the front porch. These were men for whom proper dress and comportment was more important than comfort–and a gentleman always wore a t-shirt under his shirt, no matter what the weather.

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, CA.

Why draw this brotha? That fly purple shirt with that super fly polka dot tie.

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Fruitvale, Ave., Oakland, CA.

Why draw this brotha? Because he seemed so young to look so tired.

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