MECCAcon Artist Residency Program - Greg Anderson Elysee

Multi award winning writer, Greg Anderson Elysée (Brooklyn, NY), author/creator/co-creator of Is'nana The Were-Spider, Marassa, and The Gentleman, was here at DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School for the 1st week of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA's Art Residency Program held last weekend!

The snow would NOT cancel our plans! Many students still showed up and showed out at DSA on Saturday, including the middle school students for Gil Ashby's class w/ College for Creative Studies! They were thoroughly engaged the entire 4 hours!! Special thanks to everyone involved, including Knight Foundation and University of Michigan. We definitely wish to thank Maia Crown Williams for bringing this wonderful program to us.

Greg Anderson-Elysee is a Brooklyn, NY born Haitian-American writer, educator, filmmaker, and model. He has been teaching various forms of filmmaking, including narrative and documentary, from elementary level to adults since 2012. A journalist on The Outhouse since 2008, he also runs his own column, (Heard It Thru) The Griotvine, where he showcases independent creators of color and LGBTQ creators. He is known thru the community for doing this on a broader scale, all while presenting his thoughts on diversity.

Is'nana The Were-Spider was his first comic series, and is a multi award winner, including 2018 Fan Award, Rising Star, and Best Male Character (The Glyph Awards). Is’Nana is based on Anansi the trickster god of the Akan people of Ghana, whose stories have spread for centuries throughout Africa as well as the Caribbean. The Gentleman: Darkness of the Void and Marassa, both published byEvoluzione Publishing, debuted in 2018. Elysée has also published work with Lion Forge via the nationally recognized project, Puerto Rico Strong.

Greg Anderson Elysée will also be a featured guest, exhibitor, and panelist w/ Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA at Motor City Comic Con 2019!!

This week, February 8-9, we have N Steven Harris, and next month we have Carl Jones and Shawna Mills! The students are most definitely about to have a grand time at DSA, and we are even more excited to be presenting our DSA ACHIEVERS to the artists!!

- Dr. Mayowa Lisa Reynolds

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