Aza Comics Mixtapes…WE LIT! There’s a playlist for every day of the week. Get to know the heroes of the Aza Universe with music from the 90s to 2017! Go down memory lane with your favorite artists and discover new ones from all over the world. (WARNING: Some explicit lyrics…especially Amaya’s playlist.)
By Jazmin Truesdale
As the creator of Aza Comics, I often get asked how I create my characters. Well, the truth is that I use real life. When I create a character, I start from scratch and often times it’s personality traits that will inspire a character. I’ve even used personality traits from multiple people to create just one character. So, for International Women’s Day I’ve decided to acknowledge the incredible women who have inspired my characters.
Aza Comics kicks off the Aza Mini’s kids line with its first kids book, “Can You Keep A Secret?”, aimed at inspiring tolerance in youth. “I was getting requests to create something for children and after seeing the racial backlash, post-election, I thought it was necessary,” says CEO Jazmin Truesdale. “We have to teach our kids how to work together because that is the only way the world will get better.”
I normally don’t write opinion posts but this was something I couldn’t ignore. As the CEO of a company that creates female superheroes, you could say that I have devoted my life to empowering and inspiring women and young girls. For this reason, you could imagine my disgust at seeing the rise of Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election.
Music legend and Icon Janet Jackson turns 50 today and Aza is celebrating the best way that it knows how. “I would say that Janet has always inspired me creatively,” says Illustrator of Aza’s first book, The Keepers: Orgins, Remero Colston. “She’s not afraid to change it up for the sake of her craft and that is a quality I admire.” It was Miss Jackson’s catsuits that helped him create the style of Thema, Aza Comics’ beloved superhero Queen.
Using inspiration from her latest music video ‘Dammn Baby”, Colston created a tribute piece to honor the legendary performer and her youngest dancers, the #JBabies (Kyndall Harris and Taylor Hatala).
Michelle Obama superhero…Check! Aza Comics honors the first lady of the United States in the only way it knows how…Superhero style. “She is a superhero,” says CEO Jazmin Truesdale. “It’s her last year in the white house and I wanted to honor her in the only way that I knew how.”
“It’s not necessarily about inclusivity, it’s about reality,” says Aza CEO, Jazmin Truesdale about the release of Aza’s first lesbian superhero couple. “I care about making the truest fiction. The world is colorful and diverse. I just want to show that in the entertainment that I create.”