About

Black Josei Press is an award-winning indie comic book publishing company focused on celebrating comics by and for women of color and non-binary people of color. 

Black Josei Press is heavily inspired by josei manga and primarily publishes comics for grown folks. We hope to change the comic landscape for the better by providing a space for marginalized creators to tell their stories.

We were founded in 2018 by the Black, Latinx, Queer, and disabled comics writer Jamila Rowser. We are based in Miami on the traditional land of the Tequesta, Seminole, and Taíno. 

 

Awards & Accolades

Best Writer | Broken Frontier Awards 2021 

Best One-Shot | Broken Frontier Awards 2021 

The Very Best Comics of 2021 | The Nerdist

2021 Creator Award Winner | Oolite Arts

Best short-form comics of 2016 | The Comics Journal

2019 DINKy Award for Best Floppy Comic

The Best Comics of 2018 | The Comics Journal

 

Press & Reviews

Navigating The World While Black: The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town | SOLRAD

Review: The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town – Robyn Smith Explores the Spaces Where Blackness and Mental Health Converge | Broken Frontier

Jamila Rowser Delivers a New Edition of Robyn Smith's The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town | CBR

Publishing During A Pandemic: Daniel Elkin interviews Jamila Rowser from BLACK JOSEI PRESS | SOLRAD

‘The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town’ to be Reprinted Via Kickstarter | Black Nerd Problems

Meet Robyn Smith, Creator of The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town | Geek Girl Pen Pals Club

Ode to Keisha – Jamila Rowser and Trinidad Escobar Give Us a Quietly Powerful Tale of Childhood Friendship, Race and Identity | Broken Frontier

Ode to Keisha Review | Buy Why Tho?

Interview: Jamila Rowser’s “Ode to Keisha” | Women Write About Comics

Wash Day Teaches Black Women How To Care For Their Natural Hair | Women Write About Comics

Wash Day – Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith’s Comics “Tribute to the Beauty and Endurance of Black Women and Their Hair” | Broken Frontier

'Wash Day' Is the Comic Book That Celebrates Black Women and Their Natural Hair | Essence

 ‘Wash Day’ Celebrates Black Hair & Representation in Comics | Ebony

This Empowering Comic Is All About The Beauty Of Black Women And Their Hair | Buzzfeed - Cocoa Butter

'Wash Day' Is The Natural Hair Comic Book We All Need | 21ninety

Kickstarter Jumpoff with Jamila Rowser | Black Comics Chat

‘Wash Day’ — A Comic Paying Tribute to Black Hair Now Live on Kickstarter | Black Nerd Problems

Jamila Rowser’s ‘Wash Day’ Kickstarter Aims To Pay Tribute To Black Women + Their Hair | Okayplayer

This Comic Pays Tribute To The Beauty Of Black Women And Their Hair | Her Agenda

Doing The Good Work | Fortune

'Wash Day,' For Your Hair | NY Daily News 

Jamila Rowser geeks out about caring for black hair in “Wash Day” | The New Tropic

Crowdfunding Watch: The Slice of Life Edition | Comics Beat

Wash Day Kickstarter: Fresh coffee, rising rent, girl talk and catcalls | Jordandené

Episode 009: Wash Day with Jamila Rowser | The Sartorial Geek Podcast

Only Nice Things: 6th April 2018 | Comics MNT

Support the “Wash Day” Comic by Jamila Rowser on Kickstarter! | Do You Even Comic Book!?

'Wash Day': A New Slice-Of-Life Comic That Celebrates the Amazing-Ness and Badass-Ness of Black Hair! | Comix Bawse

WCW: Jamila Rowser- Writer | One Creates Oneself

See how Jamila Rowser Pays Tribute to Naturalistas | Flourish Africa

Jamila Rowser Discusses Her Vision to Empower Black Women Through Her New Comic Book, Wash Day | Sheen Magazine

'Wash Day' Is A New Comic That Celebrates Black Hair | Super.Selected

Behind the Ink: Jamila Rowser, Robyn Smith and Wash Day | Nerds of Prey

A chat with Jamila Rowser, writer of Wash Day comic now on Kickstarter | Geek Girl Pen Pals

Weekly Roundup: April 13, 2018 | Paper Cat Press

Crowdfunding Comics Roundup, April ‘18 | Women Write About Comics

Crowdfunding Corner – Four Campaigns to Back Including Draw the Line, Wash Day, Isabella and Blodwen and The Edge Off | Broken Frontier

‘Wash Day’ Comic is a Love Letter to Black Women and Their Hair | Quirktastic

Comic Relief: Wash Day Captures the Radical Self-Love in a Hair-Care Ritual | The Root
Comic Anthology Sun and Sand Captures South Florida's Wonderful Weirdness | Miami New Times

Stay Warm with the Sun and Sand Comic Anthology | Women Write About Comics