APRIL 2011

INTERVIEWED on CABLEVISION'S NEIGHBORHOOD JOURNAL

I had the pleasure of being appearing on Neighborhood Jounal. The show ran the entire month of April in CT as well as the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Special thanks to director / producer Charlie Cornacchio.

 
February 2011
Black History Month at UCONN
Photo / Alex von Kleydorff.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT UCONN

Drawing one my characters during UCONN''s community expo celebrating Black History Month.

Black Comic Book Day

Photo / Olric Francis
 

BLACK COMIC BOOK DAY

Posing for a group shot with the other comic book artists and writers at NYC's first ever Black Comic Book Day at the Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe in Harlem. The event was a huge success and was attended by more than 70 comic fans who came out to see the unveiling of a rack of comic books created by African-American artists and writers.

The event also featured more than a dozen creators who came to showcase their work and sign autographs.

Top row left to right: Professor William Foster, Eric Battle, N. Steven Harris, Regine Sawyer, Keith Miller, Rob Taylor, Ray Felix, Gary Camp, Rob Garrett

Bottom row left to right: Alex Simmons, Jerry Craft, Ray Billingsley

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Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl

19th ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN'S
BOOK FAIR

On the set of the Morning Show on CBS Phlly Channel 3 (with co-hosts Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl) to promote the 19th Annual African Amierican Children's Book Fair.

Check out the video on demand

 


 

 
JULY 2010
2010 Harlem Book Fair

Diversity in Children's and Young Adult Publishing
July 17, 2010

Panelists discussed the problem of creating greater racial diversity in the production of children's literature. Wade Hudson moderated. Jerry Craft is the author of Mama's Boyz; Zetta Elliott is the author of A Wish Before Midnight; Cheryl Willis Hudson is the author of My Friend Maya Loves to Dance; Nick Burd is the author of The Vast Fields of Ordinary .

"White and Whatever: Diversity in Children’s & Young Adult Book Publishing" was a panel of the 12th annual Harlem Book Fair from the Langston Hughes Auditorium in the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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1) Mama's Boyz: The Big Picture is reviewed in the July issue of School Library Journal!
(photo right)

2) Now distributed by Follett Library Resources, Inc. (FLR) is the leading wholesaler distributor of books and audiovisual material to K-12 schools and libraries worldwide.

3) Mama's Boyz: The Big Picture received a 2010 S'indie Award for best Children's Book by an independent publisher.

4) Great review this month on the RAW Sistaz website.

5) Selected for inclusion in the upcoming SVA alumni graphic novel exhibition Ink Plots, taking place October 8th through November 6th at the Visual Arts Gallery in Chelsea.

6) Strip will now run every Sunday in the Norwalk Hour (CT)

7) I just completed a 24-page Mama's Boyz comic book that was commissioned by the LINKS Organization for their Linkages to Life Program, the story is about a young girl battling Leukemia. Will begin one on teen pregnancy next month.

8) Check my site soon for info two new children's books that I illustrated "A is for Anacostia" (about a section of Washington, DC) and "Please Don't Yell at We!" which gets parents to help realize the impact of yelling at their children.

9) Check out Mama's Boyz in the new book "Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art & Culture by Damian Duffy & John Jennings. (photo right)

 

School Library Journal

 

Black Comix

 

 

 


 

 
FEBRUARY 2010
Desiree Fontaine

TV -- "CT Style" with
host Desiree Fontaine
Monday, February 15 @ 12:30
or on the web

This is on the set of CT Style with the "hostess with the mostess" Desiree Fontaine. We filmed on February 12, 2010 and the show aired the following Monday. Luckily, they archive all of their shows, so if you want to check out my segment,

More info

 


 

 
JANUARY 2010
Natasha Brown

"Speak Up" aired on the CW Philly
on Sunday, January 31st

Me along with author Lori Nelson author of (Hillary's Big Business Adventure and our wonderful host Natasha Brown.

Check me out the blog about me on the School Library Journal's Website. It was written by my new BFF Amy Bowllan!

Writers Against Racism: Jerry Craft

January 28, 2010
I met the most interesting "character" recently, who has blessed me with the title: My NEW bff. Go, me!

Read the rest at http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/620000062/post/1240052324.html

 

Amy Bowllan

Eric Jerome Dickey and Jerry Craft

Publisher Karen Hunter & Author Eric Jerome Dickey

African American Literary Awards Show

5th Annual African American Literary Awards Show

A special thanks to everyone who voted for me!

 

This is one of my favorite events because I get to have dinner with authors and publishing folks from all over the country. Plus I won for the second time. My first was back in 2004 at the very first show!

Special thanks to CEO & Founder Yvette Hayward, who really knows how to put on an awards show!

BEST COMIC STRIP:

  • Jerry Craft – Mama’s Boyz -- Winner
  • Keith Knight - The K Chronicles
  • Ray Billingsley – Curtis
  • Robb Armstrong – Jump Start

Check out the other winners at www.literaryawardshow.com

 


 

 
OCTOBER 2008
Out of Sequence

Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics.

Check me out at the comics art exhibition
Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics.

Friday, October 24, 2008-January 4, 2009
at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Out of Sequence is a declaration of the diversity of sequential art in the United States, diversity not just of creators, but also of content and form. It is a broad survey of women, small press, minority, independent, gay & lesbian, self-published, mini, underground, web and/or gallery comics
creators.

I'll be there for the opening on Thursday, Oct 23 as well as the Expo on the 24th and 25th. Plus check out my free family cartooning workshop on Saturday.

 


 

 
MAY 2008

 

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

 


ECBACC
7th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

On Friday, May 16, 2008 I'll be heading to Philly for the 7th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. The opening night reception will be from 7 pm- 9 pm at the African American Museum at 7th and Arch Streets. Then on Saturday, there will be a full day comic book convention from 10 am - 7 -pm at Temple University's Anderson Hall which is at 1114 W. Berks Street.

Click here for more on ECBACC.

Urban Voice of Comics Magazine

URBAN VOICE OF COMICS MAGAZINE

Check out my interview in the 6TH ISSUE (April/May) of UVC Mag featuring

  • -Kevin Grevioux's The Vindicators
  • -Heroes Actress Dana Davis
  • -Stacey Robinson's Abraham: Young Lion
  • -Gold Digger creator Fred Perry
  • -Animation Legend Larry Houston

 


 
MARCH 2008
The Serious Study of Humor

Jerry Craft and Matt Diffee listen to Signe Wilkinson’s remarks.
Photo by: Philip Datillo


LIVE FROM THE MICHIGAN THEATER

On March 10, 2008 I was a panelist at The Serious Study of Humor: What is it? and Why is it? which was sponsored by the University of Michigan. It featured academic experts and comedy writers examining the comic and serious side of humor. Also on the panel of practitioners were Bob Mankoff, Patrick Oliphant, Matt Diffee, Kevin Bleyer, Tim Carvell and Signe WIlkinson. I have to admit that it was pretty cool to be flown out there to speak before an audience of close to 500 people.

It was also great to hang out with other cartoonists and writers from the Daily Show. Not to mention the academics: Richard Lewis, John Morreall, Rod Martin, Paul Lewis and Michael Apter.

 


 

 
FEBRUARY 2008

 

Cartoonists of Color Protest

 


Cartoonists of Color Protest

On Friday, May 16, 2008 I'll be heading to Philly for the 7th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. The opening night reception will be from 7 pm- 9 pm at the African American Museum at 7th and Arch Streets. Then on Saturday, there will be a full day comic book convention from 10 am - 7 -pm at Temple University's Anderson Hall which is at 1114 W. Berks Street.

Click here for more on ECBACC.

 


 

 
NOVEMBER 2007

Healthy Schools Partnership Reaches Youth with Cartoons

Syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft has joined the fight against childhood obesity by collaborating on the development of educational materials used in the Healthy Schools Partnership pilot.

"The American Council for Fitness and Nutrition is pleased that Jerry Craft has contributed his creativity and talents to the educational materials developed for the Healthy Schools Partnership pilot," said Dr. Susan Finn, ACFN CEO. "His illustrations depict the diversity of the students who attend schools in the Kansas City area, and help to attract the attention of youth and draw them in to the program's lessons on balancing caloric intake with energy expenditure."

Characters from Craft's Mama's Boyz series and a variety of images of healthy foods and beverages were created by the artist to enhance the educational resources developed for the pilot. The resources include an interactive computer game called "The Filling Station," posters on a variety of nutrition topics and information cards that are being displayed in school cafeterias.

Craft's illustrations project a youthful style and a popular appeal that supports the pilot's unique approach to teaching nutrition education together with PE4life's proven, innovative model.

Jerry Craft is an award-winning illustrator whose Mama's Boyz cartoon strips are sent to 1,500 newspapers worldwide through King Features Syndicate. His illustrations are published in his books "Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin'" and "Mama's Boyz: As American as Sweet Potato Pie."

Among his other professional accomplishments, Craft's work has been published in the best selling books, "Chicken Soup for the African American Women's Soul" and "Chicken Soup for the African American Soul."

 

American Council For Fitness and Nutrition

 


 

 
SEPT 2007

Wendy Williams

 


I SURVIVED THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW!

For those of you who tuned into the Wendy Williams Experience on Friday, August 17 at 4:30 pm, you got to hear none other than little ol' me. I got to talk about my new book, Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin'. And she even said good things about it. Even co-host Charlamagne behaved himself. So I just want to say "Thanks, Wendy" and "PHEW!"

 


 

 

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Speaking of awards, I was recently given a "Conversation Starters" award from the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. I used Mama's Boyz to help spread their message, so this was just their way of saying thanks. They also bought 100 copies of my new book to hand out in their goody bags. What new book, you ask? Well, that's my other big news, so keep reading...


 

Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin' is here!!!!!

I have published a new Mama's Boyz book called Mama's boyz: Home Schoolin'. And it's even bigger and better than the first one (Mama's Boyz: As American As Sweet Potato Pie!).

It's 112 pages of comic strips and stories, plus a section that shows how I draw my characters and create my strips. There's also a story with author Eric Jerome Dickey as a cartoon character, AND a 9-page story drawn in comic BOOK form, not as comic STRIPS. Speaking of Eric Dickey, I just went to his signing at Hue Man Books in NYC where not only did he sign copies of HIS new book, but he also signed his section in MY new book. How cool is that?

And here's how you can get it:

Order online now through PayPal, or by mail order

Meet me in person at one of my tour locations in NY, NJ and Chicago

The book will be available through Baker and Taylor soon, so you should be able to order through sites such as such as Barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com.


 

Humble Plea

With my first book, most people told me that they didn't think I needed any help, so they didn't. Believe me! They REALLY didn't. But they were wrong!!! So please pass this info around to anyone who you think would be interested in the book or one of my free cartooning workshops! Now with all the spam you guys have sent me over the years, don't pick now to screen what you pass on., so help a brotha out.

:)

And I'd love any info on other opportunities for signings, interviews, press...
Thank you

Jerry Craft

 

MAY 2007

Man, there is a LOT going on!! So here's the quick version 'cause I gotta get back to work! First, if you're into comics then you gotta check out the 6th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention at Temple University in Philly. It will be held on Saturday, May 19 with an opening night ceremony on Friday, May 18. For more info, check out their website

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I am currently putting the finishing touches on my new Mama's Boyz book. It should be out in the next few months, so check back for details.

Next, I'm amazed at the response from the first cartoon that I ever posted on YouTube. It's called "Confronting the Black Superheroes of My Childhood." If you haven't seen it, you can choose between seeing it on this site or on YouTube. If you go to YouTube, please remember to rate it.


I'm currently in an exhibit called Other Heroes which premiered at Jackson State University. Other Heroes is a group exhibition surveying a wide swath of artists, from historical innovators to seasoned veterans to young up and coming webcomics creators. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle.

And last but definitely not least, I was a guest at the first ever Kids' Comic Con in the Bronx, NY. It is the brainchild of Alex Simmons, who did a great job at making sure that a new generation of comic readers are born.


 

JANUARY 2007

Well, I have to say that this is a pretty exciting time for me. To begin with, after more than 20 years in corporate America, I've finally given it all up to follow my dream of working for myself-- Making a living doing my own web cartoons, comics and illustrations. So you'll be the first to hear about some of my upcoming projects.

 

For those of you who haven't been here before, welcome to the redesigned Mama's Boyz website. It's got all the content that my readers have come to appreciate over the past few years, but with some new feaures like a portfolio of some of my artwork as well as some of the many web cartoons that are floating around the Web. Plus I have a link to my photo gallery on my MySpace page.

In other exciting news, it seems as if last year I spent a lot of time contributing artwork to, or being interviewed by, various authors for different book proposals. Now I am finally seeing the fruits of my labor. To begin with, you'll be able to see over a dozen of my Mama's Boyz cartoons appearing in Chicken Soup For The African American Women's Soul, which is at you local bookstore now. I also have strips in Chicken Soup For The African American Soul.

Next, you'll get to see Mama's Boyz in The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing by Jim Mendrinos. You'll get to see a reprint of one of my favorite strips as well as a quote from a comic strip expert, which is none other than yours truly.

 

Prisoners of Technology by Lisa J. Whaley also features a bunch of my cartoons. The book takes a humorous look at those of us that are addicted to e-mail, iPods, IM and all the other little electronic things that take up WAY too much of our lives.

I also have a small interview in Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman (pages 359-360 to be exact). Mr Eisner was definitely one of the most influential cartoonits of our time and I'm honored to honor him in the book.

Check back in a few days for some more updates including an illustration in Essence Magazine, a cable TV appearance in Brooklyn and a new book that will feature my art on the cover. I'll also be in Harlem in two shows in February.

Talk to you soon,

JC