On the realest of real talk, you need to stop whatever you’re doing, and get yourself a copy of Trill League, by Anthony Piper! I have been a fan of this series for some time and have been out of my mind with excitement that it is now officially released!
What is TRILL LEAGUE?
TRILL LEAGUE is an idea that started off with me drawing well-known superheroes but adding a bit of humor and urban edge to them. In the past few months though, it has turned into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. Having sparked hundreds of fan art submissions, becoming a trending topic on Google, and having thousands of shares on Tumblr and Facebook…I am hoping to turn this project up to the next level for fans of this project.
I learned about Trill League on various Facebook and Twitter posts, and immediately I fell head over heels with it. For starters, the artwork is drop dead gorgeous, which comes as little surprise since Anthony Piper is a fantastic artist. Characters are expressive, costumes are original, and the combat is on point. The dialogue is refreshing because Anthony Piper ensures it has that healthy dose of Black culture and that makes it beautiful.Whether it is smack talk or helping a friend sort through their internal struggles, the verbal exchange is more real than a lot of comics I have seen in a long time.
Trill League is, at a glance, a parody of DC Comic’s most iconic characters, but upon flipping through the pages you quickly find it’s so much more. All of the characters in Trill League are flawed, and many of them wear their weaknesses on their sleeves by being too aggressive, lazy, or even outright disinterested with what it means to be a hero.
I am not the only one who loves Trill League, as in 2015 this independent comic book series was funded on Kickstarter raising over $20,000! Because of the contributions of so many, we got the very first graphic novel of this series and after reading it, I want so much more.
The world that Anthony Piper is making is not just DC Comic influenced, but also contains elements of Anime. Tthey have a group of kids, rival to Tam Tam and Sparrow who are essentially Naruto, Rock lee, and Sasuke. Within the first few pages of Volume 1, you understand this isn’t what you know at all. That is part of what makes it so wonderful.
Having a group of flawed characters be in charge of keeping the peace and protecting the innocent is so entertaining because it feels so much more realistic than anything Marvel or DC has put out. In fact, one of the characters I relate to most is Quiver, since instead of being super rich like Green Arrow, he is in fact super poor, and has to use whatever he has in order to fight crime.
The problem we have being geeks and minorities, is the fact that writers who did not grow up in certain cultures have a rough time writing that particular culture. Most of the time we find token Black characters in TV shows, or a series that’s so shallow it’s almost insulting.
With Trill League this brilliant man is taking the characters he loves and then dipping them into a culture that is sorely under/misrepresented. That’s beautiful and something we need to fund because it will only ever lead to other fantastic projects!
Find out more about about Trill League or get your own copy at https://www.trillleague.com/!
If you’d like to further support The Geek Lyfe, please share our content so we can entertain more fine folks like yourself! If you’d like to go above and beyond, check out our article on all the ways you can help us grow, like Patreon!