Yorli Huff is more than just a comic book creator. She is the definition of strength and endurance. She was able to overcome a difficult past and achieve a success most folks irrespective of gender or color dream and talk about. But it is more than that, for when that success was threatened and the ugly head of discrimination and racism rose against her, she stood firm and fought. Not only did she fight, but she won! People are called heroes for different reasons, but to me, here is a real life hero! Introducing Yorlip Huff, the creator of Superhero Huff.
1. Introduce yourself for our readers.
Despite a difficult childhood, I was an excellent student, and that dedication helped land her a position in 1992 in Chicago with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department as a Special Drug Agent at the tender age of twenty-four. One of the few African-American undercover agents in the task force, I excelled at my work, but my rise to the top brought with it racism and discrimination. In 1997, after trying unsuccessfully to deal with that discrimination on my own, I made history when I filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, a battle which took me eleven years to win. A powerful international motivational speaker that is an entrepreneur at heart, I am the Founder, President, and CEO of Engendering Strength, Inc., a company devoted to inspiring and empowering people. My first book, The Veil of Victory, an account of my life from childhood to my victory over the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, was published in October 2010. I am currently at work on my third book, The Making of a Prince; a Superhero Huff comic book; a feature film based on The Veil of Victory; t-shirt lines; and as a National motivational speaker.
2. Who were your early influences?
My early TV influences were Foxy Brown and Christy Love.
3. What project are you currently working on?
I am currently working on completing Superhero Huff vol 4, Superhero Huff t-shirt lines and animating Superhero Huff and a national Superhero Huff campaign on bulling.
4. What books did you collect or read growing up?
I was aware of the comic book industry but had not collected any. It was divine intervention that I took my character from The Veil of Victory and created Superhero Huff.
The top five black Superheros are Superhero Huff, Dreadlocks, Prodigy, Misty Knight, Storm
6. If you could rewrite any character out there who would it be and why?
I would have to choose Misty Knight just to give her some up to date skills and back on the circuit.
7. Given the success of books like Watson and Holmes and Midnight Tiger, what other books do you see having mainstream appeal?
I see Superhero Huff having mainstream appeal.
8. If there were anything you would say to someone looking to get into the comic industry; especially a person of color; what would it be?
I would let them know that the industry is a 92 million dollar industry with a huge deficiency when it comes to black characters. I would tell them that there is room for their creativity and the world is lacking without them. GET STARTED we all are waiting for you!
9. Is there anyone in particular you would like to work with on a book?
YES I would love to work with Arevell Jones!!!
10. What is the biggest obstacle that Indy creators must overcome to be taken seriously alongside mainstream companies like Marvel and DC Comics?
The biggest obstacle is getting distribution because Marvel and DC comics dominate it is difficult to get noticed.
12. Why do you think it’s so hard for Indy creators to get mainstream coverage?
I think its hard for Indy creators to get mainstream coverage because DC and Marvel have been set as the foundation for comic. This leaves little room for others in the imagination of fans. However, independents rule so nothing ever has to remain the same due to technology and innovation.
13. Name three independent books that you would like to see as movies.
I would like to see Superhero Huff, Dreadlocks and Prodigy as movies.
14. Why do you think it’s important to have Black Superheroes?
I know that is important to have Black Superheroes because we are the creators, inventors and scientists of history. Our stories are just untold. The entire world has been influenced, impacted and beneficiary of the Black knowledge. We dominate but if all of this goes untold no one will ever know.
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