Get to know Afua
The Jane of All Trades
The Jane of All Trades
Afua Richardson [ Pronounced Uh-FOO-wah ] is an American illustrator best known for her work on the reader’s choice award winning, politically potent mini-series ‘Genius’ Written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman. Other works include Black Panther World of Wakanda, Xmen 92, Captain Marvel, Captain America and the mighty avengers for Marvel Comics, All Star Batman, Wildstorm for DC comics and Attack on titan for Kodansha.
In addition to being an illustrator and writer, Afua is a musician, vocalist, performing, songwriter, voice actor, activist, and mentor. In the spirit of The Nina Simone award she received for artistic excellence, she has been aptly called a Jane of All trades.
Afua was born in Harlem New York to Mr. & Mrs. William E. Richardson.
At 9 years of age, she began playing the flute in her elementary school band. By age she 11 was accepted into Manhattan’s Borough-wide ensembles, playing at Carnegie Hall and the Nuyorican Poets cafe with underground hip hop bands. She attended Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts, participating in an undergrad program at Julliard for classical music.
Afua played with various groups across many different genres of music . An all-female hip hop crew, ‘ The Anomalies’ as a human beat-box artist, R&B soul duo ScarletBlu, and an eclectic soul trio Waking Astronomer. She’s shared stages with Shelia E, Parliment Funkadelic and Sir Melvin Van Peebles in his Broadway show, Br’er Soul as an actor, vocalist and flute player where she transformed into 6 different main roles in a single night. All the while carrying a sketchbook and honing her craft as an illustrator, not having a computer of her own to work from, and getting office jobs just to use photoshop during lunch breaks to learn.
Although she was a self-taught illustrator she began creating comics professionally under the alias ‘Lakota Sioux’ in 2004. After being featured in the Eisner award-winning Anthology series ’24 Seven’ by Ivan Brandon and various other contributors, In 2006, her cover for Jim Bott’s ” Half Dead” horror series debuted her Marvel career. Today, Afua is known for her vivid colors, striking characters and non-traditional representations of [super] humanity.