Chicago comic book artist Daimon Hampton chosen for 1st cohort in relaunched Milestone Initiative

Chicago comic book artist Daimon Hampton chosen for 1st cohort in relaunched Milestone Initiative

CHICAGO (TOC) — A Chicago comedian e-book artist has been chosen to be a part of the primary cohort relaunching a program that provides variety to the world of comedian books.

“I cherished to attract, it was a manner to attract, and I like visible storytelling normally,” Daimon Hampton stated.

Hampton is essentially self-taught. He creates fantastical tales with grounded messages, all informed by way of various characters, on his pill.

“It may be disappointing when the one Black character is a giant dude with 17,000 muscle tissue,” he stated. “Everybody else facilities themselves, why would not I wish to heart myself, particularly as an adolescent?”

Hampton was lately chosen to be a part of the primary cohort within the relaunch of the Milestone Initiative, which has helped him give attention to comics as a full-time profession. HBO Max produced a documentary on the initiative, which is now a collaboration of Milestone Media, DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Discovery and Ally.

“Comics has been an underserved business,” stated Erica Hughes, director of multicultural advertising for Ally. “Very similar to a whole lot of different industries in leisure that is underserved by Black, Hispanic, Asian writers, administrators, producers in comedian books.”

Ally is a digital monetary providers agency that focuses on ladies in addition to Black, brown and LGBTQ+ communities.

“When you may have little Black and Hispanic and Asian youngsters seeing themselves in a capability of saving nations, being a superhero, that is inspiring.”

Hampton stated he did not see himself within the comics he cherished whereas rising up in Calumet Heights, however he needs youngsters now to not solely see themselves however see the potential of doing one thing you like as a profession.

“I would like youngsters to know it is price it to do one thing they’re enthusiastic about. It is not a waste of time, it isn’t a waste of power,” he stated. “You bought to do what you care about. Do what you like.”

The Milestone Initiative is presently taking functions for its second cohort. You’ll be able to see extra from Hampton at DaimonDrewThis.com.

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