Tephlon Funk! The New Manga You Need To Be Reading
By Jonathan Watson
Before I talk about the Tephlon Funk! manga, I want to say a few things: I am a firm believer of bringing awareness of black produced content to the public light. Part of that includes THIS VERY WEBSITE, which was started by my good friend Valerie Complex, and it is my hope that it becomes huge in the mainstream. When I was asked to contribute to the website. I was eager, but at the same time, I was completely unaware of exactly WHAT and HOW I wanted to contribute. I didn’t want my contribution to be just another article about black characters in anime, or lack there of. It was then that I had an idea. AWARENESS. Why not seek out black produced anime and manga content and make others aware that we are creating stories. I think plenty of you will be just amazed at a lot of the content floating around that needs the attention of all of just so that it can see the light of day. With that said, lets look at the subject of my first article, new manga Tephlon Funk!
What is Tephlon Funk? This Hip-Hop inspired manga series revolves around a young girl named Inez Jozlyn who lives in New York City, and has to learn to overcome life’s obstacles. Of course along the way she encounters interesting characters and has to tap into her own inner strengths persevere. Stephane Metayer, the creator of Tephlon Funk, blends a beautiful color and art style with backgrounds that, although based on NYC, feel like another world all its own.
Tephlon Funk! is a brain child that Metayer has been cooking up since 2004 and from the looks of it, this is something that is finally ready to pop and in a big way. They have a kickstarter. The good news is Tephlon Funk! has reached their goal! $22,000, with 368 backers! However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t contribute. This is a series that seems to have a lot of potential, so if you are interested in finding more info, I encourage everyone to check out their Kickstarter page
I am dedicating myself to bringing awareness to these types of projects to the masses. This is to destroy the statistical fallacies that come from those who choose to simply look the other way, or those that say we are not creating our own projects!