Spotlight with Avy Jetter

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2021-01-17 12:00 PM

Spotlight with Avy Jetter

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The Ohio State Univesity's D'Arcee Charington Neal talks with critically acclaimed comics artist Any Jetter, as part of BCAF's Spotlight series.

Jetter began work on her self-published comic series, Nuthin' Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m., in early 2012. The comic follows the lives of four friends, Chan, Dee Jay, Dray, and Zee, throughout a zombie apocalypse that breaks out in Oakland, California. Determined to present it at the San Francisco Zine Fest, she finished the first issue of the series in under five months. The series is categorized by its horror and gore, and the majority of it is stylized in black and white. Jetter exclusively uses people of color as her characters. Nuthin' Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m. is currently in production of its fifth issue. In 2015, Jetter wrote and illustrated a submission titled "Pull It Up From the Roots" for APB: Artists Against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology. The anthology focuses on police brutality, the justice system, and civil rights. All of the proceeds are donated to the Innocence Project.

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In September 2017, it was announced that Jetter had been chosen to take part in a ten-issue production of the supernatural horror comic Box of Bones. The comic follows the life of an African American graduate student who is taken on a journey through the most violent times in African history by a mysterious box. Jetter also provided illustrations for Johary Ravelson's story “Water in the Rice Fields Up to My Knees," which will be featured in Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The anthology of science fiction stories will be released in January 2019.

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In addition to her published comics, Jetter also creates zines about her life as an African American woman. She shifts her focus from fantasy to non-fiction storytelling as she depicts a large range of topics including racism and the personal politics of Black hair. She continues to be an active member in the West Coast zine community.1

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1. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avy_Jetter.