New Jersey artist/writer promotes African-American superhero

The Times of Trenton profiled 35-year-old artist Eric Cooper, author of the self-published Knight Seeker novels.

Cooper has overcome a lot of adversity to reach out to fans of the superhero graphic novel genre with his (non-graphic novel) work. Apparently Marvel Comics rejected his ideas and he was unable to draw smaller, independent publishers’ attention, too. So he has devoted the last seven years to publishing Knight Seeker, which I think he launched in 2005. Here is a quick summary of the character from his site:

Knight Seeker
(Superhero Fantasy Text Novel, Not A Graphic Novel) This is the first story of a very unique and different style of super hero. Nygel Spinner lived a normal life as a college student, until one fateful night he became something more than human. With advanced technology and superhuman abilities he suddenly became the ultimate hunter. As Nygel tries to balance his normal life with the dangers of being Knight Seeker, evil forces are at work attempting to dominate the world of the living. Join Knight Seeker as he battles Warlord Sage, a demon bent on opening the gates of hell and unleashing doom for all mankind.

The book is available on Amazon and has garnered three reviews (which were all panned, possibly by the same person, although the third reviewer seems to be self-promoting). Cooper is said to be a former Star Trek writer on several Web sites, although I cannot confirm that.

He works with as many as six artists and you can watch a Knight Seeker video trailer on Spike.com.

He’s definitely got a marketing plan but I have seen some hostile comments on the Web. It seems that someone out there doesn’t want Cooper to succeed. That’s a shame. I’ll share more information when I come across it.


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