Do you create full time, or do you have another full-time job? What is your educational background?
I have a BFA from the University of Michigan in Photography & Illustration and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communication. I freelance as an illustrator, designer and writer as well as teach classes in multimedia at Chicago State University.
What tools of the trade do you most like to create with?  
Blue pencil, Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator
Who are some of your biggest comic book artist influences?  
George Perez, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Brian Stelfreeze, Larry Stroman and Walt Simonson
Do you have a particular project or projects which stand out as your favorite(s)?  
My latest book, Contrast: Blackness In White, is my current favorite title I’ve worked on.
As a black comic book artist, do you feel a personal responsibility to the black community to create content which not only entertains, but also uplifts and educates?
No. To me, that’s a given. I’m an African American so of course I’m going to make work that reflects my culture, my bi-cultural, Pan-African viewpoint and my community. My goal is to get other people outside of my community to get on board and take that ride with me.

How and why is it important that black people are represented in this medium and how important is it that black creators work together to encourage, empower and educate the black community through their work?

It’s important because too many Black fans focus on how many comic book characters of color companies like Marvel and DC have as opposed to how many Black creators work at these companies. The more these fans see that the creators of these characters look like the fanbase, it reinforces that creativity in this medium is not the sole domain of the “other.” It shows that we do not have to wait for the “other” to represent us, our hopes, dreams and representations of the fantastic. It shows that we have command of our own imaginations.

How long does it usually take you to complete work on a comic book piece/project?  
It depends on the page count and whether the book is in color or black & white. Usually, it takes about 2 – 3 months to complete a 32-48 page book with no distractions or prior obligations.
What are the names of some of the titles you’ve illustrated?  
The Horsemen, Outworld: Return of the Master Teachers, The Song of Lionogo: An Indian Ocean Mythological Remix, The Union & Contrast: Blackness In White

What does artistic success in the comic book world look like to you?

Being able to touch people, to give them something they’ve never seen before but always wanted in their lives.

Where can the readers continue to follow your career? Do you have a website or blog?



Jiba Molei Anderson

Jiba Molei Anderson

Jiba Molei Anderson was born in the city of Detroit, MI on August 17, 1972.  The son of Liberian mother and and African American father from the Motor City. He was the product of two environments that were similar, but too different for him to fit comfortably into either world. The four-color world was where Jiba found his solace. His father introduced him to the world of speculative fiction and opened the doors of his imagination. Jiba’s desire took him first to the University of Michigan where he obtained his BFA in Illustration and Photography.

He soon traveled to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he completed his studies earning an MFA in Visual Communications. Jiba paid his dues. He also walked the corporate route working for companies such as DraftFCB, KBA Marketing, Manga Entertainment, Ryan Partnership and Landmark Sign Group. Jiba worked creating websites for companies like On The Street Promotions, ICEE Records, Oopala Fortifying Shampoo and others.



GRIOT ENTERPRISESIn 1999, he formed Griot Enterprises, a publishing company / creative studio and created its flagship property, The Horsemen.




horsemen_bookofolorun3tradewebThe first Horsemen volume, Divine Intervention was released in 2002 to critical acclaim with The Horsemen: The Book of Olorun released in 2009. Jiba has also written the educational text Manifesto: The Tao of Jiba Molei Anderson, which focuses on the creation of comics. In addition, he was Lead Writer and Art Director on the graphic novel Hip Hop Chronicles for Spacedog Entertainment in partnership with Universal Music Group.




Jiba is currently working as lead artist/ art director on Taletown, an independent Facebook game for Tuxedoman Entertainment and completed the animated music video, Start A Fight, for the rock band The Ex-Senators. He currently, as Adjunct Faculty at the International Academy of Design and Technology teaching courses in Animation, Game Design and Fashion Design. Recently, He was an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, teaching courses in Animation and Video Game Design. Jiba has also been featured in the book Black Comix and spoken at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art with his book, The Horsemen, being included in The Smithsonian’s permanent library. Jiba’s work is defined by pop culture. From Alphonse Mucha to Frank Frazetta, from comic books and animation to “Grindhouse” films, these “low-brow” creations sparked my imagination. Their bold and shameless design and marketing aesthetic inspire the way that he creates images and brings his message to the masses…and according to him, they are a lot of fun!


Check out his website @:



•          The Horsemen: Divine Intervention – Griot Enterprises

•          The Horsemen: Book of Olorun – Griot Enterprises

•          Manifesto: The Tao of Jiba Molei Anderson – Griot Enterprises

•          High Concept – Griot Enterprises/ The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg

•          Even More Fund Comics – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

•          JBD: The Devil’s Due (with LaMorris Richmond) – B.L.A.M. Comics/Griot Enterprises

•          The Holy Bible: Dignity & Divinity (with Walter D Greason) – Griot Enterprises

•          The Horsemen: Mark of the Cloven (with Jude W. Mire) – Griot Enterprises