Jimmie Robinson is the creator, writer, and artist of several comic book series published by Image Comics/Shadowline, including Bomb Queen, Five Weapons, and The Empty. On top of writing and illustrating the comics, he also inks, does all the lettering, and designs the covers. In 2015, he received the prestigious Inkpot Award, a lifetime achievement award given annually at the Comic Con conference.
Jimmie started this cover-to-cover practice as a kid, drawing what he saw on television. “I would create one scene,” he remembers, “and then I would create another scene, and I didn't even know it, but I was creating sequential artwork at the time. I would staple them all together to make my own books.”
Jimmie is a California native who grew up in Oakland, so it tugged his hometown heart strings to learn that advocacy group Oakland Kids First was looking to produce an original comic book as part of a statewide initiative. Oakland Kids First wanted a fun and visually engaging community resource to communicate complicated issues that continue to oppress and challenge the everyday lives of the people of East Oakland—and the group needed an artist to bring it to life. Jimmie applied and was quickly chosen to illustrate the book.
In this mini-documentary, you'll meet Jimmie and hear about his process, while getting to know more about the perspective of Jimmie, Oakland Kids First, and the four high school kids sharing their experiences while collaborating on the Town Force One Comic Book.