We have another indie comic this month with issue #4 of Okemus. Okemus comes from an independent Black-owned publisher Red Arcis Entertainment (RAE), whose creator T.J. Sterling was a former Marvel inker. Blerd strongly believes in backing Black indie creators, so this is one that you should definitely check out.
Okemus is a sci-fi, action, anime-inspired story that follows Cale. An orphaned teen who unknowingly possesses a latent super-human ability. Four villainous biomechanical warriors known only as The Okemus Hunters are after him. Travelers from a future Earth, they’re on a mission to steal his abilities. One part Terminator, one part Power Rangers, one part HULK, Okemus is all adventure as Cale’s destiny is the key to both worlds’ salvation.
Sterling is one of the few Black artists who has worked for both of the two biggest comic book companies globally, Marvel Comics and DC Comics. After working on over 50 titles at “the Big Two” as a Production Artist on well-known characters such as Spider-Man, Avengers and an Layout artist on Batman, in 2015, he decided to launch his own imprint Okemus under his own banner, RAE Comics.
“Growing up, I saw almost no representation of Black or people of color in the comics I read. I promised myself that when I created my own stories, the characters would reflect the world I know.”T. J. Sterling
Okemus keeps that promise by delivering a diverse world of stunningly designed and developed characters.
The Kickstarter for Okemus Issue #4 is live now here and running until September 12th with the goal to raise $3,000 for the publishing, marketing and distribution of the 4th issue of the series. The campaign also includes stretch goals for both The National Kidney Foundation and the Harlem Black Arts Alliance. If you want to get caught up on the first 3 issues, you can find them on the RAE Comics website. Make sure to support this and let us know what you think of the series in the comments on our socials.