As the creator of a universe of women superheroes, 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 Women’s History Month 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).