Alumnus Creates Black Superheroes Comics Book
By Hazel Scott/ASU
By day, he’s a CEO; by night, he’s a writer/illustrator and creator of superheroes. Julian Herring (’98), the founder and CEO of FLARENOVA Studios, is all about promoting education and literacy through comics.
More than 10 years in the making, his new comic series is called “Xounn“ (pronounced “Zound”): Children of Muse.” This unique universe combines sci-fi grand adventure with the kinetic energy of song, dance, and martial arts to take readers on the journey of three reluctant teenagers (Ramzeses, Zabrina and Kenzo) traded at birth as emissaries of a peace treaty, who must now abandon their stations at the risk of starting another war to stop an ancient evil goddess intent on destroying all three nations (
“‘Xounn’” is a lot like ‘Star Wars.’ It doesn’t take place in today’s world or culture. It is an exciting tale that takes place in a fantasy world, paying homage to 20th-century African Diaspora’s global musical and performing arts contributions,” Herring said. “It’s a
Herring said “Xounn” is now being sold at several HBCU bookstores, including ASU, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse and Howard. “By the time the second quarter wraps up, I hope to be in 10 HBCUs.”