3/18: Brotherman comic series author

Guy A. Sims, principle writer for the “Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline” comic book series, will read from several of his works Sunday, March 18, at New River Community College in Dublin.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the T.J. Anderson Student Lounge in Martin Hall and is sponsored by the NRCC Library. The literary reading is free and open to the public, and will be presented in a casual, coffee-house style setting.

He wrote two of the earliest publications on the subject of Kwanzaa; “Kwanzaa Handbook” and “The Kwanzaa Kids Learn the Seven Principles.” Sims is also the author of critically acclaimed novel “Living Just a Little.” and “The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim” series.

Sims is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. and currently lives in Blacksburg. Sims says some of his contemporary influences and motivators include Bebe Moore Campbell, E. Lynn Harris and Walter Moseley.

The Brotherman comic series is included in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.

“When I think about what influenced me with the Brotherman series, I am drawn to the works of the two Chesters’, Chester Himes and Chester Gould,” says Sims of writing Brotherman. “Chester Himes is the famed Harlem detective writer whose characters, Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones, made their mark on the Hollywood screen in ‘Cotton Comes to Harlem.’ Chester Gould is the famed comic strip creator of ‘Dick Tracy.’ Their stylizing of characterizations, settings and tight stories continue to impress me greatly.”

Sims will answer questions following the reading. Several of his books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about him and his work at www.guysims.com.