Jamila Rowser’s ‘Wash Day’ Kickstarter Aims To Pay Tribute To Black Women + Their Hair
Blerd creatives Jamila Rowser, illustrator Robyn Smith + J.A. Michiline started a Kickstarter campaign for Wash Day, a comic that honor black women and their hair.
If the name Jamila Rowser sounds familiar then winner-winner you’re in the mix when it comes to knowing your blerd comic creators. Rowser, the brain and brawns behind Girl Gone Geek and Straight Outta Gotham, has a new and powerful project via Kickstarter that needs your support. Wash Day is a slice-of-life comic that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of black women and their hair.
Written by Jamila Rowser and illustrated by Robyn Smith, with script edits by J.A. Micheline — Wash Day follows Kimana, a 26-year-old woman living in the Bronx, as she cares for her long, thick hair. As Kim goes through her Sunday morning rituals, readers get to experience first-hand the highs and lows of her day—fresh coffee, rising rent, girl talk and catcalls.
Wash Day was inspired by Jamila’s own personal wash day ritual and her own desire to read more comics by and for women of color. Following the words of the great Toni Morrison, this awe-inspiring creative has decided to write the book that she wanted to read. “There’s something radical about a story of a black woman taking time for herself and taking care of herself in ways extremely specific to blackness,” Smith said in a press release.
The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to self-publish the Wash Day comic, which began April 3 and will run all the way until May 4. If you’re a fan of black creatives and want to see more of our stories being told in different medium, then please lend your dollars and your support by checking out the Kickstarter here (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/282227561/wash-day) and peep more information about Wash Day here (http://www.washdaycomic.com)