He and his brother Guy A. Sims, the writer and co-creator of Brotherman Comics, are pioneers of the contemporary Independent Black Comic Book movement. Selling over 750,000 copies in the early 1990's without a major distributor and have currently released Book One of a three part graphic novel series entitled "Brotherman: Revelation". Dawud Anyabwile has shared his artistic talent with major companies such as Cartoon Network, Tur
He and his brother Guy A. Sims, the writer and co-creator of Brotherman Comics, are pioneers of the contemporary Independent Black Comic Book movement. Selling over 750,000 copies in the early 1990's without a major distributor and have currently released Book One of a three part graphic novel series entitled "Brotherman: Revelation". Dawud Anyabwile has shared his artistic talent with major companies such as Cartoon Network, Turner Studios, NBA TV, Nickelodeon, Harper Collins Publishing, Scholastic and many others as a character designer, storyboard artist, illustrator and concept artist.
Dawud has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in 2015, Glyph Comics Award for Best Artist 2016, the Key to Kansas City for Outstanding Service to Children and was nominated for the Will Eisner Award - Best Artist category at the San Diego Comic Con in 1992.
Dawud has also been acknowledged, recognized and interviewed on television, radio and print media with BET News, America's Most Wanted 1992, CBS News Nightwatch 1993, USA Today, Essence Magazine, Vibe Magazine, LA Times, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Ebony Man Magazine, PARENTING, Black Enterprise Magazine and a host of others.
Dawud recenly illustrated the graphic novel adaptation of the New York times best selling novel, MONSTER by the late Walter Dean Myers. Published by the world renowned publishing house, Harper Collins.
Dawud was born by the name of David Sims and raised in Philadelphia, PA where he developed his love for art, culture, science fiction and music appreciation.
When Dawud is not working on his illustrations, he is busy volunteering, teaching art classes to young students, giving lectures and participating in community events.
Dawud is a custodian of our true culture and heritage. A giant amongst us. He and his team have been providing the people with powerful Afrikan cosmology in the form of allegorical sequential art for over 25 years!!!!! Now it is time to reciprocate it so that we have our own mythos in mainstream media. I support brotherman: revelation 100,000%. I implore you all to assist in making this reality because our future (our seeds) will benefit from this the most. An artistic historical foundation that delves deep into the psychosis of the human experience. I love you brother, keep being a shining example!- Kamani “KT The Arch Degree” Tait
Rikers Island: I introduced the youth to the work of Dawud Anyabwile. These incarcerated young people could not believe there was comic book /graphic novel dealing with many of the same issues they are currently facing. With the aid of the comic I was able to show the young.....the concepts such as government created poverty cycles.... gang violence. Self discovery. Self awareness. Family values. Manhood and many more.... even the C.O’s were surprised by the class topic.- Fred Beasley II
Dawud Anyabwile is probably one of the best kept secrets in comics. A dynamic presence during the independent comic book movement of the early 90’s, he is also an Emmy Award Winner, a respected storyboard artist and character designer. Dawud can count MTV, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network among his clients. Brotherman, which Dawud self-published with his brothers, sold over 750,000 copies during its initial 11-issue run. And yet, I would wager that this is the first time many of our readers have heard of him.- Julinda Morrow - Sequential Highway
I would never describe Brotherman as a voice only for the black community because its characters don’t speak just to one race – unless, that is, it’s the human race. Brotherman’s creators took their characters out of the mainstream template where the prefix “Black” typically preceded the heroic identities champions of African-American origin –– an archaic format devised by writers and artists not without goodwill but with little or no experience of the culture or people they were writing about. Instead of the negative stereotype of African-Americans as pimps and hoods, Brotherman promoted truthful and uplifting renderings of the inner city and portrayed human beings and the conditions that affected them.
Like seminal works Akira, Dark Knight Returns, and Watchmen before it, Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline is a transformational piece of graphic storytelling that blew a whole in the comics underground, unshackling a generation of creators of color from the low expectations of the past. The ripples of Big City Comics’ humble self-published black and white opus are still being felt in the comics industry and beyond. In Brotherman, brothers Dawud Anyabwile and Guy Sims created a classic work and built their own distribution network, shaking the foundations of the industry for good measure.- Ghettomanga.com
Brotherman Forever - Features University scholars and industry producers of comics and film- Video Testimonials
Dr. Mike Speaks on Brotherman Comics at the 2nd Official Brotherman Art Exhibition in Atlanta 2010
Dawud Anyabwile 's Brotherman Comics is the feature story in the June 2016 issue of the Dallas Weekly.
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“With brand new Brotherman graphic novel hitting the stores last month, we are thrilled the character co-creators Dawud Anyabwile and Guy Sims agreed to speak with us about past, present and future of the comic and their family business Big City Entertainment.”
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Dawud Anyabwile: Diversity in Art by Ananya Vahal
The SCAD Connector
(Savannah College Of Art and Design)
Cultural significance of Black characterizations in the mainstream: Brotherman in a world of supermen
This presentation outlines the history of our journey as a family to create the critically acclaimed Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comics series without the backing of the mainstream comic industry. I share how Brotherman Comics inspired a generation of artists, advocates literacy, motivate readers of all ages to heal their communities by building self determination through the arts.
Imagining New Realities through the Arts and Entertainment
As a people, we can change our reality with the thoughts that we project. the images, stories and sounds that we project shape the way the next generation thinks and what they believe is possible. Let us imagine a new reality and plan decades into the future starting with the thoughts that we advance in today's moment.
Know thyself, heal thyself, love thyself
As we navigate through a society that promotes unhealthy habits we must understand that in order to rebuild ourselves as a people we must take control of our physical and mental health and not simply focus on our financial careers.
Behind the covers: Comics and Entrepreneurism
The importance of controlling images as a way to impact culture utilizing the medium of comics and sequential art.
Drawing From The Soul
Finding your own creative voice and branding yourself amidst the chaos of media domination.