John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection "The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art" and co-founder and organizer of The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is also the co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal's Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and of SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University.
Jennings is a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. His current projects include the art collection "Black Kirby: In Search of the Motherboxx Connection," the horror anthology "Box of Bones," the coffee table book "Black Comix Returns" (with Damian Duffy), the supernatural crime noir story "Blue Hand Mojo" and the New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel "Kindred."