feature: check out the gibbs sisters’ forthcoming steampunk comic adventure “the invention of e.j. whitaker”

February 29, 2016

L.A. based Shawnee´ Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs(The Gibbs Sisters) are the ridiculously talented creative team behind the forethcoming steampunk comic adventure “The Invention of E.J. Whitaker”. The duo has created award-winning multimedia stories and content, including the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame inductee “Ravishing Raspberry”, their Tribeca-funded short “Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks”, and their individual work include Producing credits for Emmy-Award winning series “Top Chef” and “Project Runway”, and popular television series “X-Factor”, National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna”, as well as contributions to Disney’s Emmy winning sitcom, “Wizards of Waverly Place”. They’re also the creators of several

Their latest project, “The Invention of E.J. Whitaker” is a steampunk comic adventure that follows the brilliant and charming inventor Ada Turner during America’s Industrial Age. As a means of ensuring that her work will be taken seriously, Ada invents a pseudonym of “E.J. Whitaker”. But as one of her wondrous inventions (a flying machine) generates more and more attention, and a young businessman and his colleague begin to pursue the mysterious E.J., she wonders how long her true identity can remain concealed. Yeah, I’m kinda obsessed already.

The Gibbs Sister and their creative team—Mark Hernandez (penciler/inker), Hasani McIntosh (colorist), Earl Womack (cover artist), Starline Hodge (emblem designer)—are raising funds to produce “E.J. Whitaker“ in 24-pages of full-color through a Kickstarter running until Mar. 26. You can watch their campaign video below and check out their entire project right here!

Scroll down to see some of their fabulous concept art!

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Above: Shawnee´and Shawnelle Gibbs

“The Invention of E.J. Whitaker” Kickstarter

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at