feature: anime illustrator dustin bolton of ‘dualbo animation’ gives the genre a fresh face with central black characters

August 5, 2016

In a medium so saturated with the ideals of the lighter skin, and smaller features, Amine-illustrator Dustin Bolton’s‘Duablo Animation’ is grasping the reigns of expectation with his blooming collection of characters of color. Placing heavy emphasis on the culture and relationships of his subjects, he adds yet another layer of representation to the necessary genre of black art. A black man himself, Bolton consciously draws on a specific relationship between a central character (Kudzu)and his mother- ushering a positive climate surrounding mother-son dependence- and black mother-son dependence at large. Speaking to themes of black female warrior-hood as well, all aspects of the Black experience are illuminated and praised. An important step in the right direction, his work helps to place splash of color in any genre; opening the door for more to come. Check out Dualbo Animation below.

By Cree B. McClellan, AFROPUNK contributor