We had the good fortune of connecting with Lloyd Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lloyd, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I’ve learned in our first year of business that starting a business is daunting and that if you really want to succeed that you have to be willing to not give up. We’ve learned that a successful business requires sleepless nights and perseverance but in the end if it means making your dream come true its worth it. So short version we learned its hard work to get and maintain the things you hold most dear.
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’m most excited about the epic stories we have to tell. Storytelling is something that comes easy to us through our unique outlets. Specifically I’m excited to release our anthology series “Tales From Midnight”, full of introductory stories showcasing our initially line up black heroes.
We got here after spending several years writing out various ideas and not moving forward with them. My wife expressed to me several times that we had something special and that it could turn into something awesome. After another year of putting things off and doubting myself. I finally moved forward with getting several stories drawn out and moving forward with our first manga ” The Unbeloved” I will say the process was not easy because finding an artist, printer, etc. was more work than initially thought. Building interest in the comics and the business was difficult as starting that process was foreign to us. Creating mailing list, creating a website and organizing our content was something that was brand new and honestly overwhelming at first. We overcame the challenges through doing a bunch of research, constantly applying what we’ve learned and pushing each other to not give up.
We’ve learned to try and not get upset when numbers don’t look good or we aren’t getting the support we expect. We’ve learned that making our dreams a reality isn’t anyone else goal but our own. We will push ahead and do whatever it takes to share our stories with the world.
We want the world to know that we will be focusing on bringing stories that showcase BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) stories. We will be focusing on creating role models for children characters that our children can say “They look like me” We welcome everyone who is willing to support us on that endeavor.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are gamers so I would definitely be taking my friend to my favorite gaming hang out spots. Definitely would take them to Battle and brew and joystick game bar. The last place would be the Controllerise event on Mondays. Video games, lofi and anime you can’t go wrong.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
official_toshij and luscious_cosplays_ This amazing woman here is a published author, an actor, and poet. She has directed and written plays. She is currently working on workshops via her program known as “The Heart Movement”. The program is dedicated to helping youth share the “art” in their “heart”. Whether its drawing, writing, poetry, etc. She’s had a couple of workshops that were very successful in the Clayton County area and plans on expanding at some point. She is a jack of all trades and without her Midnight Comics would not be wear it is today. It would still be an idea in a book somewhere. I would definitely love to shoutout my beautiful and amazingly talented wife.
The posters were completed by various artists: Vince White: Line Artist Serj Dlima: Line Artist Matheus Hueve : Colorist