There are few black comic book writers and there are fewer here in St. Louis. One of them is David Gorden. He’s a writer and artist to comic books. His own creation, Kwame Hightower and the Man with No Name, is about a young kid named Kwame Hightower who is a 12-year old from St. Louis, but living in London, England. Kwame is having a hard time adjusting to the new environment and on a trip to Buckingham Palace to learn more about Great Britain he ends up pulling Excalibur from the sacred stone, which automatically made him the King of England. This sends him on a series of adventures all over the multiverse.
It takes a creative mind to illustrate such a story and David is the guy to do so. As a kid, he read comics but in high school he became a natural storyteller and he already liked to draw and write so it only made sense for him to get into comics. David started taking comics more serious on a professional level in 1994, so you can say that he is a vet in the game, with over 25 years’ experience. What makes his drawings different from others is the fact that he is a more of a cartoonist and traditional drawer and less of a “realistic artist.” When It comes to using your imagination in drawing, David says, “
“In order to create fantastic worlds and relatable characters you have to draw on that imagination. I sometimes bring in reimagined versions of characters I created as a kid to add to the experience.”
Since the race creators of comics was never broadcasted, David says he assumed they were all white until he came across a writer/artist by the name of Dwayne McDuffie in the late 1980’s. Dwayne was one of the most respected men in the comic industry. He wrote great comics and classic episodes of the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons.
One of the perks of being a writer is that you can work remote. David says…
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