Nicholas Talks Hip-Hop Detectives and Black Superheroes with Metro

July 16, 2015

By Sam Newhouse published July 13, 2015

Source: Meet the cartoonist behind 'Detective Boogaloo, Hip-Hop Cop'

In the Metro, Jamar Nicholas, adjunct professor and assistant for the Arcadia University Art Gallery, discusses his neo-noir comic strip, “Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop.” Nicholas explains his dedication to print comic strips (as opposed to digital publication), the difficulties of stereotypes in comics, and his thoughts on the lack of mainstream black heroes.

The story of a break-dancing detective, “Detective Boogaloo” runs daily in the Metro and is described by Nicholas as “a hip-hop version of Dick Tracy.”

Nicholas, who also serves as an adjunct professor at Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design, studied animation at University of the Arts before focusing principally on comics. His works include a graphic novelization of Geoffrey Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun and upcoming original graphic novel Leon: Protector of the Playground.

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 Jamar Nicholas