Since I'm doing a Black Creators countdown this month, I didn't have time to do spotlights on black-created comics like I normally like to do in February. Instead, though, I asked the nifty comic book writer Regine L. Sawyer to do some spotlights on fellow black women members of her Women In Comics NYC Collective. Enjoy! - BC
Whit Taylor is a Cartoonist, Writer and Editor- based in New York City, bred in New Jersey. Initially a Film Maker and future Documentarian, she began creating comics professionally over five years ago after visiting various small press conventions and shows. An avid lover and maker of comics and cartoons; Whit turned her lifelong hobby into an ever flourishing career. Her work is vast, thoughtful and varied; discussing topics such as mental health and race to candid memoirs and autobiographical reflections.
Since becoming a Comic Book Creator her work has been recognized by various organizations throughout the years. She has received a Glyph Award and two subsequent nominations for her autobiographical comics Watermelon (2012) and Boxes (2014), as well as an Ignatz nomination for her miniseries Madtown High (2013).
[I featured Madtown High here - it's a very cool book. - BC]
Some of her latest works include The Anthropologists (Sparkplug Books), which was selected as a Notable Comic for Best American Comics 2015, Ghost (self-published), and SubCultures: A Comics Anthology (editor, Ninth Art Press).
In addition to her accomplishments in publishing, Whit has a day job as a Public Health Professional, has served as a Juror for the prestigious ‘Ignatz’ Awards, in addition to being as a small press comic book journalist; reviewing comics, comic conventions and conferences; not to mention that she has written articles for ‘The Comics Beat’, ‘Panel Patter’, ‘The Comics Journal’, ‘The Tiny Report’, ‘Nat Brut’, and ‘Comics Workbook Magazine’. With all that said, Whit’s five years in comics is just a precursor to her future in the industry; it will be boundless. To learn more a about Whit and her work, please click the link below! www.whittaylorcomics.com