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Conversations with Eric Cooper

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Cooper.

Hi Eric, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to introduce yourself.
My journey started with some depression I was going through in my life in 2000. I struggled with my size and lost a good amount of weight to become an impactful cosplayer, but I was unhappy with myself and the companionship I desired. The writing was my only relief from my mental challenges. I was denied work for a comic book company, partly because I was Black, so I decided to make my characters and world of story writing. The Knight Seeker saga was my first real accomplishment in establishing myself as a writer, and the first book came out in 2005. I’m influenced by the Terminator, Predator, and Alien sci-fi franchises, which certainly does show in my writing style. After the saga was completed for the first 3 volumes, I ventured into space with my writing abilities to create a novel called Star Enforcers with my co-writer Miles Simon. It was a clever take on the mixture of Star Wars, and Star Trek, with the element of DC Comics Suicide Squad. After Star Enforcers was released, I started exploring my inner self with my next book, Merge The Trials and Tribulations of Becoming a Superhero. It was a book I took pride in as my readers began learning more about me and my own personal struggles. But when you add the superhero element into it, it’s a lot more fun to read. I cried a few times while writing this book because I was revealing more about myself and the real people in my life that were part of the storyline.

Eric M. Cooper still needed to be completed with creating new platforms of entertainment. I decided to operate my comic book convention called Black Label ComiCon. This comic book event mainly caters to independent content creators, and most people behind the table are people of color. The first BLCC was in the city of Philadelphia back in 2019. The next to follow would have been in 2020, but as we all know, that is when the covid pandemic started, so we had to wait till 2021 to start up again. It was an unusual time, but we got through it. The latest Black Label ComiCon was Aug 2022, and it went well. The 4th annual event will take place in Philly on Aug. 12, 2023. The latest project is the Greenville Triangle story’s writings, a sci-fi takes on Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is a compelling and meaningful story. My head visual artist, Phoe-nix Nebula, flew out with me to Tulsa to do our research, and we were amazed by the stories that were revealed to us. This story expects five volumes, and the 1st volume will be released in late 2021. The stories of Black Wall Street are something that people have been looking forward to, and I’m happy to be doing my version.

Please talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned. Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Oh, so you want to go there? I’m laughing lightly, but to be honest, it’s a very valid question. From my vantage point, nothing fell into my lap. I had to struggle and make way for everything that I had done. I always had to raise my own money for projects in writing and running a comic book convention. I had to do without some things to make way for things I wanted to accomplish. Funding platforms only paid a fraction of what was needed, so I had to rely on myself to put up the capital needed to pay my artists, staff, and facilities. I never waivered on that because I take on personal responsibility for my events and projects. When you are Black, intelligent, and have ideas to share with others, you become a threat, but in a good way. Our society quickly rewards bad and misbehaved individuals and never understands the consequences. The good and valid hustlers are rewarded slowly, unfortunately, but their work and deeds withstand the test of time.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
My full-time job is as an optician, but my passion is writing Sci-fi and Superhero Stories. I’m most proud of the stories I create that connect with people from all walks of life. People of color must see themselves in my stories. What sets me apart from others is my ability to tell a wide range of stories with meaning and purpose. These stories add to a person’s life as they learn more about themselves and the people around them.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was the night I watched the first Terminator movie with my cousins when I was 10 years old. The movie scared the hell out of me, but it also highly intrigued me. This was the start of my journey into sci-fi, and I have to thank director James Cameron and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger for that blessing.

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Artists: Phoe-nix Nebula, Shawn Alleyne, Blair Smith, Xavier Cuenca, & Donovan Petersen

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