Erika Alexander Of ‘Living Single’ Launches Multicultural Comic With Hubby Tony Puryear
By Jenna Bond
You may not know that you are a comic book fan, but the box office begs to differ. This summer is already back-to-back action packed, superhero thrillers. “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and the upcoming “The Wolverine” will probably bring ticket sales that may reach just under $1 billion. On television, shows like “True Blood” and “The Walking Dead” are redefining the idea of what was previously considered a niche genre. There are also the franchises “Twilight” and “Hunger Games.”
Everybody is dipping into fantasy. And while the category explodes into the cultural norm, there is much to hope of the diversity of characters represented. After all, the classic titles of the genre, such as “Star Trek,” were incredibly optimistic about achieving a multi-ethnic society.
Clearly, the room for plural stories has not gone unnoticed. Erika Alexander, the actress best known for her roles on “The Cosby Show” and “Living Single” has partnered with her brother Robert Alexander and her acclaimed screenwriter husband Tony Puryear (“Eraser,” and the upcoming “Fahrenheit 451”) to co-create the comic series “Concrete Park.”
The story follows a group of Black and Latino teenagers from the roughest streets who have been exported from Earth, as it seems society can no longer deal with them. And left largely to their own devices, a story ensues that questions the nature of human beings, particularly those who have succumbed to the worst of human nature. “Concrete Park” is anchored around the stories of seven characters who reside in Scare City and are vying for power, survival, hope and of course, love. [Continue reading.]