Sunday, March 01, 2015

Comic Book Resources Reviews "Fashion Forward" for Month of African American Comics

Check out Comic Book Resource's review of our series "Fashion Forward" (Books 1 through 3) below!

Every February in honor of Black History Month, Comic Book Resource's Comics Should Be Good blog profiles African American comic creators and Shawnelle and I were recently featured for FF.

(Fashion Forward Books 1 - 3, Interior Art: Linda Chung, Covers: JM Tolman (Books 1 & 2) and Adam Fay (Book 3)

Writer Brian Cronin writes:

""The Gibbs sisters have come up with one charming comic book adventure here, with a compelling lead character, a great setting (the fashion world is nuts!) and a catchy (and wacky) premise. They use time travel to keep the story constantly fresh, as just when you think things are settled, the time travel throws things out of whack."

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Comic Arts LA 2014 : A Celebration of Comics

This Saturday, December 6th, Shawnelle and I will be a part of the inaugural Comic Arts LA Festival.

We'll be at booth 34A with new Fashion Forward books.

Come by and check us out, along with some amazing LA comic book writers & artists!

CALA is organized by Jen Wang, Angie Wang, Iris Jong, and Jake Mumm.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Writing Is Rewarding - Ladies Night Edition

Sometimes writing can feel very isolating and challenging (even when you're doing it with your sister!). The actual process of it comes without the fun, accolades and community that say, hanging out on a Friday night with friends can bring.

And then there are times when the writing brings fun, accolades and community right to your doorstep. This fall, we've had it occur twice and are excited to share some snapshots from our recent writing escapades.

Lady Filmmaker's Film Festival, Beverly Hills - Script Finalist - PrePuptial Agreement

Shawnee and I were beyond honored to have our short screenplay, PrePuptial Agreement, reach the finals of this historic film festival and also be staged before a live audience. The play was directed by the legendary Romell Foster-Owens and features remarkable, new talents Ary Katz and Gladys Nyoth as the leads.

PrePuptial Agreement, a comedy centering around a newly dissolved couple struggling to come to an agreement about who keeps their Pomeranian, Chubb Rock, was so fun to write and watch come to life at the festival. Shout out to Shawnee's awesome guy, Taiwo Heard, for getting iPhone footage that can be seen HERE. Please enjoy.

Ladies Night Anthology Vol. 2: Death & Prom - Short Story - Good Mourning Jacob

In September, we were absolutely beside ourselves when our short story, Good Mourning, Jacob about a funeral singer and her biggest fan debuted in the second volume of LNA, published by Graham Cracker Comics based in Chicago. As many of you guys know, creating comics is becoming an increasing passion of ours and we are so fortunate that LNA put the resources in place for women like us to be heard. Learn more about the organization and feel free to purchase a copy for yourself HERE.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Invention of E.J. Whitaker: The Journey Begins

We are excited to release new artwork from our latest project, "The Invention of E.J. Whitaker," a steampunk adventure. Set in 1901, the story centers around Ada, a brilliant young inventor, who very quickly finds herself on a journey full of mystery, romance and danger when her latest invention begins to generate national attention. 

More details to come!

Written by: Shawnee´Gibbs & Shawnelle Gibbs

Art: Mark Hernandez

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Day in The Studio

Our friend, writer & photographer, Moe Reed, dropped by and took some working shots of us in our downtown studio.

(Process board from our new steampunk comic project)

In between our jobs as television producers and writers for the comic, Fashion Forward, Shawnelle and I have been developing an awesome project that we're excited to share in the coming days. We've written about it on the blog before >here< [Black Victorians: African Americans in Steampunk and Historical Fiction], and are now underway to see it fully realized for 2014.

(The Gibbs Sisters, Comic Book Writer / Creators | Left: Shawnelle Gibbs, right: Shawnee´Gibbs)

It is "The Invention of E.J. Whitaker," an African American, steampunk comic adventure set in 1901. Here are a few recent shots of us in the studio working on both E.J. and Fashion Forward.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

On Making Webcomics with The Daily Dot

Happy 2014, Everyone!

Of course we aren't anywhere near experts on webcomics, but we had the wonderful opportunity to share some of the joys and challenges on embarking on producing comics online with Lisa Granshaw at The Daily Dot.

If you have the time, feel free to check out the feature which also includes insightful info from fellow creators J. Gray of Mysteries of the Arcana and Donogh McLaverty of A Lost Transmission.

Find it here:

Blood, sweat and ink: Breaking into webcomics in 2014

Hooray to new beginnings!


Thursday, December 05, 2013

Celebrating The Life Of Nelson Mandela Through Animation

It saddened us to hear about the passing of Global Icon Nelson Mandela at 95 years young today, but we will be forever humbled that we got to celebrate his life while he was still with us through the creative mediums we love-- film and animation.

In 2010, our friend Rene Rawls' screenplay Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks was selected by The Tribeca Film Institute as one of five short film projects that honored Nelson Mandela Day by embodying Nelson Mandela's principles and life work.

Shawnee and I produced and directed the short and were absolutely thrilled with the final work that has since been shared with children and families across the globe. It can be seen in its entirety of 12 minutes HERE.

The goal of the Tribeca All Access Mandela Day Project was to spread the idea that--like Nelson Mandela-- individuals can indeed 'make an imprint' and change the world around them.

"“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -- Nelson Mandela

RIP, Dear Sir.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sick of The Hollywood Boys Club??? Gibbs Sisters Featured in XO Jane Article

Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs listed as part of "Ten Female Filmmakers Ruling Indie Cinema"

XO jane is one of our favorite blogs, so to have been mentioned here is quite an honor!

Author, A. Wolfe has listed some extremely relevant and rising talent in her article: "Sick of The Hollywood Boys Club? Aren't We All -- So Check Out These 10 Female Filmmakers Ruling Indie Cinema." We are absolutely floored to be named alongside people we've revered for some time, including Dee Rees and Leslye Headland.

Please mosey on over to XO Jane and read the article, in which our style and humor is referred to as "Original and Hilarious!" And stay for some of the most authentic stories anywhere by women, which will keep your mind occupied in "Oh my God, I've been there" ways all day long. --Nelle

Sunday, June 09, 2013

ABA named one of the "TV Shows Every Kid Should See..."

Lifestyle & Entertainment blog, MadameNoire, named Adopted By Aliens one of the "TV Shows Every Kid Should See At Least Once."

Check out the list which includes great television shows and animated series like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, That's So Raven, Family Matters, Little Bill and Static Shock.

Link: "MadameNoire's TV Shows Every Kid Should See At Least Once."

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Fashion Forward, Vol. 1 is here!

Hooray!!! Fashion Forward Vol. 1 is now available for purchase!

Own your own paperback copy today (digital Barnes & Noble version coming soon).

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fashion Forward: Volume One to Debut in 2013

We're excited to announce the release of the first volume of Fashion Forward!

Volume 1 of the Fashion Forward series introduces assistant designer, Samantha Tate, and her New York adventures as she begins a journey that takes her further ahead in the competitive world of couture than she ever imagined.

(Genre: Sci Fi, Comedy)

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Fashion Forward Comic Featured in Twins Magazine

Our new webcomic, Fashion Forward, is featured in the latest edition of Twins magazine. Read the article below!
Twin Sisters Launch Fashion Forward: Webcomic
(Twins Magazine, June / July 2012)

Comics and Fashion have had very long and very separate histories in the art world, but this summer, a pair of Los Angeles based writers and twin sisters are bridging them together for a first: a fashion based webcomic. Not since Marvel's Millie The Model (which began in the 1940's and ran for a record 28 years) has there been such a bold attempt.  

Debuting on Friday June 1st, the webcomic, Fashion Forward, follows the incredible adventures of New York Fashion Assistant Sam Tate, as she navigates the cutthroat world of couture and the ever-changing landscape of technological innovation.

Shawnee Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs created the series out of a desire to see more fun, adventure-driven female stories in comics. The sisters, who make a living in television, tapped their own backgrounds as inspiration for Fashion Forward. Shawnelle used her fashion expertise as a producer for shows such as the Emmy Winning Project Runway and NBC's new hit Fashion Star. Shawnee, who's worked on Disney's Emmy Award winning Wizards of Waverly Place, put her background to work with her sister to help shape a compelling story for audiences of all ages.

The sisters paired with Linda Chung, a talented young San Francisco-based artist to illustrate the story. Linda's bold and vivid illustrations help New York City and its occupants come alive in a striking way.

Fashion Forward: A Webcomic premiered Friday, June 1st at and updates every Friday.

Article link at:

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