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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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Fashion Forward the Comic is live!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Fashion Forward" Webcomic Premieres June 1st

"Fashion Forward" is a project conceived about two years ago, and has taken several forms in its short life span.

Shawnelle and I initially wrote the story as a screenplay. The screenplay was so visual and so much fun we knew it would make an excellent graphic novel. We set about adapting the screenplay pages to a comic book script and began a search for artists.

The stars aligned and we found our illustrator, Linda Chung, a sensational artist from Southern Cali who's artwork was absolutely perfect for the story.

Earlier this year, we realized "Fashion Forward" could also be pretty darn cool as a webcomic. Readers could discover what's been keeping us busy (and cracking us up) this last past year and receive regular updates every Friday.

And thus, the idea of the webcomic was born...and now it has a birthdate: June 1st, 2012.

So, we invite you to read about the funny and fascinating 7th Avenue adventures of Sam Tate, an assistant fashion designer who ends up further ahead of the trends than she ever imagined.

Stay Connected with Fashion Forward:

Fashion Forward Facebook Fan Page

Fashion Forward on Twitter (@gofashion4ward).

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Black Victorians: African Americans in Steampunk and Historical Fiction

African Americans in victorian era America were a fascinating group. So fascinating, in fact, that Shawnelle and I have spent the better half of a year researching the people and period. Their stories and images reveal stoicism, impeccable style and a determination to move beyond the atrocities of their parents' generation and build a better world for their children.

Young Black Victorians in late 19th Century America were optimistic, and hungry for culture and education. Manners ruled the day (and manners ruled with an iron fist). It was an era where ladies were ladies, men were gentlemen and corsets were worn tight.

The Gilded Age of the 19th Century remains one of the greatest ages of invention, romanticism and excess, a period in America that has since been romanticized by the art, literature and fashion of steampunk. Though African Americans played a prominent and important role in 19th century American history, our place in the speculative fiction world of steampunk and historical fiction still has many stories yet to be told.

(The most recognized black figure in steampunk is inarguably Will Smith's 'James West' from the 1999 Warner Brothers film Wild Wild West over a decade ago.)

Since 1999, there have been a growing number of steampunk works about African Americans (including Balogun's The Chronicles of Harriet and the amazing Afro-Steampunk fashion of Yinka Shonibare) and there remains many stories to be written. The exploitations of Barack Obama the time traveller, for instance, may be a tale worth investigating for yours two-ly. During our research, we discovered this photo, circa 1900, of a man who bares a striking resemblance to the 44th president of the United States. Take a look and see if you agree:

But before "Barack Obama: Rockstar Time Traveller!," ever sees the light of day, we are excited to share "The Invention of E. J. Whitaker," a story that has waited over a century to be told. Inspired by the women and men who defined the generation: Booker T Washington; the love story of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore; the countless educators and inventors of the era; and those dashingly fashionable figures in miscellaneous photos and cabinet cards who's names we will never know.

(star-crossed literary lovers Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore)

"The Invention of E. J Whitaker" is our love letter to the era. Led by Ada, our female heroine, and featuring a cast of characters inspired by the pages of history and our boundless imaginations, we're looking forward to sharing images from this mini graphic novel adventure (with gorgeous illustrations by Chul Kim) in the coming weeks.

With historical fiction experiencing a revitalization in popular culture with films such as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and lavish period pieces like HBO's Game of Thrones, we believe the story of E. J. Whitaker, one of fantasy, romance and enterprise during America's greatest age of Invention is timely and a tale long overdue.

Stay tuned! Shawnee'

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