We had the good fortune of connecting with Dawud Anyabwile and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dawud, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I raised two sons who are now aged 29 and 24. When raising them I would allow them to explore their interests and offer all of the support that I could to assist in their goals. I would share with them my talents and skills and spend as much time as I could with them to just have fun and bond. I would not pressure them to live the life that I live but instead to pursue whatever they wanted that would fulfill their lives.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I tend not to put myself into one category because I enjoy various mediums and disciplines within the arts. I am best known for my comic and graphic novel art . I also create production art for television, music video and film projects. I began my career airbushing t-shirts in a mall in Philadelphia during the 80’s and that evolved into creating my own comic book series called BROTHERMAN: DICTATOR OF DISCIPLINE. The series went on to make history as a major catalyst to the contemporary Black Independent Comic book movement. The series sold approximately 750,000 books in the early 90’s without an advertising budget or corporate backing. It was not an easy task and required a lot of intestinal fortitude to push forward. After that series I eventually gained experience working for major production studios on both the east and west coast. I am still gaining experiences by meeting new artists and business people over the years who continue to show me new ways of creating and building. One thing I always keep in mind is that I am always a student in life. There is always more to learn and no matter what your age it’s never too late to pursue your goals or even explore your hidden talents.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would suggest natural trails such as Stone Mountain Park, Kennesaw Mountain, Arabia Mountain or Sweetwater Creek. These sites are very historical and for those visiting it may be an eye opener to learn more about the history of Atlanta in an open and natural environment. They will also get some exercise in before having dinner at a multitude of vegan restaurants such as Soul Vegetarian.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out my brother Guy A. Sims who has introduced me to make creative ideas and concepts over the years. He is a master storyteller and writer and his stories have sparked my visual imagination since we were very young. I would like to dedicate this article to him and his family!
Photo by Dawud Anyabwile