EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Dawud Anyabwile~ Co-Creator of “Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline” (Part 2)

Thank you for joining me for Part 2 of my EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Dawud Anyabwile, the tremendously talented co-creator and illustrator of the much-revered comic book series Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline.

If you missed Part 1 of this interview (where were ya?!), just click right here to catch up!

ADDANAC CITY: What is your creative process? Are you a loner in a silent environment, or are you in the center of a bullpen with a cacophony of sound?

DAWUD ANYABWILE: Sometimes I need to lock myself away if the workload is extremely heavy and I have to meet a deadline.

At other times, I may take a break to be with family and friends, and I will catch up on the art later. I always have music playing. It inspires me.

Are there any sensitive subject matters that you refuse to tackle, in order to avoid any sort of public/professional backlash? (political, cultural, sexual preferences, etc….?)

I don’t refuse topics because of what the public may feel. I just have my preferences which is aligned with my values.

I am inspired to do family entertainment and uplifting work. I love adventure and action, and I understand the inclusion of romance and intimacy, however I am not into gratuitous violence nor overt sexuality.

I may draw attractive people, but their actions are not solely for the sake of visual stimulation.

What new projects do you have in the works these days?

I just finished illustrating a major graphic novel for HarperCollins Publishing entitled, “MONSTER” by Walter Dean Myers. It is due out next year.

I am also working on the Brotherman graphic novel which was trumped by the MONSTER publication.

I also did cover art for the new book series entitled The Cold hard Cases of Duke Denim which was written and published by my brother Guy A. Sims. Check it out! This is the first spin off series from the Brotherman Comics Universe.

What advice can you give a budding artist who wishes to make cartooning or comic-making a career?

If this is what you really want to do, then go for it. Study all you can but also be yourself.

People can tell you how to do it but you may decide not to do it the way they did it. That is how you turn industry around.

It’s all up to you. Don’t listen to naysayers and just have fun.

What advice can you give a newcomer who encounters initial rejection or even “common internet animosity” such as hate-filled comments or unprovoked negativity?

Do what you do for you. The phantom internet haters are there to hinder your growth and steal your happiness.

So, just like in real life, ignore them. The majority of those people are anonymous because they’re not contributing anything healthy to society and they hate it when others are trying to manifest destiny and build.

Unless they are physically holding you down, they are just distractions. Keep it moving and enjoy your life!

The 23rd Anniversary of Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline is quickly approaching. What plans do you all have to commemorate this ground-breaking series on this historic event?

There are no immediate plans for this year although we did celebrate the last couple of years with the Brotherman Art Exhibitions.

This year I am in a reconstruction stage since I just finished illustrating that MONSTER graphic novel for HarperCollins. That has kept me busy for the past year, so now I am getting my bearings straight once again.

Describe your feelings when you see a young person (who wasn’t even a sparkle in their parents’ eyes when Brotherman premiered) pick up an issue and delve into the magical world you and your brothers created. Witnessing the regeneration of such youthful excitement must be extraordinary.

The best part of this work is the response from the audience ranging from kids to adults. After drawing during your personal time for months on end, it is very rewarding to finally see others studying the drawings that you spent so much time creating.

If it makes them happy then the feeling of accomplishment is like no other!


If you would like to follow Dawud Anyabwile’s activities on social media, you can check him out on the following links:

Brotherman Forum Facebook Page

Dawud Anyabwile’s official Twitter page

Brotherman’s YouTube channel

Brotherman Official Website

I would like to express extreme gratitude towards Mr. Anyabwile for taking time out of his busy schedule to share all of this information with us today.

I hope that what we’ve learned here can help inspire and motivate fledgling artists as well as those who have already thrust their hat into the ring.

It’s never too early nor too late to achieve your dreams and utilize your gifts and talents.

PEACE~ George Ford, creator of ADDANAC CITY

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