UVA students can sign up for an in-depth conversation about the career paths of some of the cartoonists on Oct. 22, moderated by Charlottesville artist Warren Craghead, who works at the Law School. The public can register for Knight’s Oct. 23 presentation and the next day’s three panels, featuring cartoonists from all over the country, including UVA alumna Jen Sorensen, plus Nate Beeler, Matt Bors, Tom Gibson, Kevin Kallaugher, Rob Rogers, Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson and Adam Zyglis.
Knight, born near Boston, has created three highly regarded popular comic strips, “The Knight Life,” “(th)ink” and the “K Chronicles.” He is part of a generation of African American artists raised on hip-hop – he used to rap as a member of the hip-hop group “Marginal Prophets” – whose work mixes humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in a range of publications, including The Washington Post, Daily KOS, the San Francisco Chronicle, Medium.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine and the Funny Times.
Knight took some time while herding his chickens at home near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to talk about making a living with his marker, covering current events and race issues in his cartoons and UVA alumna Sasheer Zamata’s role on his new Hulu series, “Woke.”