Here at BlackSci-Fi.com, we’re big fans of the Gibbs Sisters, (Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs), the creative team behind the critically acclaimed and award-nominated series, The Invention of E.J. Whitaker. We spoke at length with them about the first issue in the series, and you can check out that interview here.
Recently we’ve been provided with preview images of the most recent issue in the series, along with some insight into the continuing story from the creative team. As explained in a recent press release, “Writing Victorian African American heroine and heroes has been a long-time dream of the sisters, a dream they have been able to see come to life in the pages of The Invention of E.J. Whitaker series.”
“The time period is both an elegant one, with its fashion, customs, and Victorian codes, and a period of immense social change. It was a fascinating time in the history of America — and the world — and through our main characters, Ada and William, we get to explore it all; what it means to be male or female, black or white, educated or not, rich or poor, and how these characters each use their individual gifts to rise above the confines of the time.” Shawnee´ says.”
Further, “With 1901 America as its playground, the series also incorporates elements of Steampunk and Afro-Futurism. Shawnee´ and Shawnelle Gibbs believe their stories help bridge what may be missing in the publishing marketplace. “We write fun, adventurous stories with a bit of history, a lot of adventure and a big splash of imagination. Ever since we were kids, we’ve always gravitated to stories with a hint of magic. We keep that spirit every time we undertake a project, and keep in mind audiences like us, who may be looking for a fun escape, that’s a little different than what they’re used to. It’s been a joy to write this story and watch our wonderful team of artists bring it to life,” adds Shawnelle.”
Head here to check out more about The Invention of E.J. Whitaker #2, enjoy some more preview images below, and stay tuned to BlackSci-Fi.com for more updates about the steampunk adventure.