Jamar Nicholas, 42, is a West Philly native and current resident of the Oak Lane neighborhood who grew up aspiring to be a cartoonist.
”I’ve never wanted to do anything else,” he said.
He attended CAPA High School with members of Boyz II Men and The Roots -- whose success reinforced his dedication, he said. “People do accomplish what they set out to do. Not everything is a daydream.”
Nicholas, who has been creating comics since 1997, studied animation at University of the Arts before focusing on his comics full-time.
He adapted Geoffrey Canada’s famed memoir “Fist Stick Knife Gun” into a graphic novel, and expects to publish “Leon: Protector of the Playground” this fall. He also works as an adjunct professor at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design and Arcadia University.
Currently, Nicholas’ is publishing Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop, a neo-noir serialized comic strip that is being printed right here in Metro. It’s a story set in 2002 about a break-dancing detective investigating a rapper named “Ice Tre,” who somewhat resembles Nelly.
Metro caught up with Nicholas to hear about his outlook on the world of comics and his response to critics of his work.