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
Born from the cradles of Queens, NY, Y. Sanders was seven when her mother introduced her to the world of comics. Having found her life's purpose as a comic artist, her path lead her to attend LaGuardia High School of Arts and later majored in illustration and graphic design at The School of Visual Arts. In addition to her professional work in comics, she continues to strive in improving her already incomparable talents at ‘The Art Students League of New York’.
Just in time for Black History month, She recently completed a historical digital comic about Sojourner Truth featured in UNESCO's, (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), ‘Women in African History’ series.
She has also worked on a one shot story, ‘Single Serving’, with up and coming writer Ellen Goodlett. It was featured in Amy Chu's ‘Girls' Night Out: The Way Love Goes’ comic book anthology series. Recently, Sanders collaborated with Ellen on ‘William's Last Words’ that was featured in the ‘The 27 Club’, A Comic Anthology from Red Stylo Media & Action Lab Entertainment.
In the mist of her burgeoning career, Sanders’ has had many achievements, including winning the Blue Dot Award for her short comic ‘Possessed’. Moreover, before setting off on her own in 2013; for almost 10 years, Sanders’ was one half of the comic book duo ‘Sin Comix’, one of the first independent publishing companies run by two black women. She also has a portrait collection titled ‘MTA Sketch Series’, which contain various drawings of NYC subway commuters. The first volume, will be available for sale in Spring 2016. Check out her websites here: ysandersart.blogspot.com, https://www.instagram.com/ysandersart/, http://ysandersart.tumblr.com/