Keith Knight is many things to many people–rapper, social activist, father and educator among them. He’s also one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America, and the creator of three
popular comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink, and the K Chronicles.
For nearly two decades, this multi-award-winning artist has brought the funny back to the funny pages with a uniquely personal style that’s a cross between Calvin & Hobbes, MAD, and underground comix.
Keith Knight is part of a generation of African-American artists who were raised on hip-hop, and infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Medium.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and the Funny Times .
His comic musings on race have garnered accolades and stirred controversies, prompting the NAACP to recognize him as a 2015 History Maker, and CNN to tap him to grade America on its progress concerning issues of race.
Two short docs on Keef:
3 mins: https://vimeo.com/119904030
L.A.Weekly 2015 People Issue
2015 NAACP History Maker
Comic Con Inkpot Award for Career Achievement in Comics
Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip
Several Glyph Awards for Best Comic Strip
Three K Chronicles comics were the basis of an award-winning live-action short film, Jetzt Kommt Ein Karton, in Germany. His comic art has appeared in museums and galleries from San Francisco (CA) to Angoulême (France).
Knight Takes Queen (Keith Knight Press) 2015
The Incredible Cuteness of Being (Keith Knight Press) 2012
Too Small to Fail (Keith Knight Press) 2011
The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain’t Dead (Grand Central) 2010
I Left My Arse in San Francisco (Keith Knight Press) 2008
The Complete K Chronicles (Dark Horse) 2008
Are We Feeling Safer Yet? (Keith Knight Press) 2007
Beginner’s Guide to Community Based Arts (New Village Press) 2005
The Passion of the Keef (Manic D Press) 2005
Red, White, Black, & Blue (Manic D Press) 2004
What A Long Strange Strip It’s Been (Top Shelf) 2002
Fear of a Black Marker (Manic D Press) 2000
Dances With Sheep (Manic D Press) 1997
MUSIC: Knight was also a part of the seminal nerdcore hip-hop band, the Marginal Prophets. Winners of a California Music Award for their 2nd disc, Bohemian Rap CD, beating out rap heavyweights Paris, Aceyalone, E-40, Too-Short, and Ice Cube’s Westside Connection!! Hip-hop music with a punk-rock aesthetic!!
WORLD FAMOUS SLIDESHOW: Keith Knight has performed his internationally recognized, eye-opening comic strip slideshow on police brutality at college campuses, comedy clubs, libraries, churches, art spaces and community centers worldwide! He shared the stage with writer Dave Eggers, This American Life’s Ira Glass and They Might Be Giants on the McSweeney’s vs. They Might Be Giants tour. He also leads many workshops and panel discussions concerning race, health, community-based arts, media literacy, and making a living as a cartoonist. For details, info and bookings, contact Keef at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1984, Keith Knight was the official Michael Jackson impersonator of Jordan Marsh, a department store in Boston. He is only slightly embarrassed by this.
Keith Knight was born in Malden, Massachusetts, birthplace of Converse All-Stars, Extreme, and Jack Albertson, from Chico and the Man.
Utne Reader named Knight one of ten “cartoonists to watch” in a special issue
In May 2000, Keith performed naked onstage with his band at the world-renowned Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Supposedly for charity.
Spike Lee purchased an original piece Keith did about his film Do the Right Thing.
the Knight Life: Keef’s nationally syndicated, daily comic strip:
My “evil” twin sister’s tea, art, and book shop:
Interviews with Keith Knight
- Interview with Tom Spurgeon at the Comics Reporter Summer 2011
- Racialicious article and interview Summer 2011
- Interview at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Fest
- A ten-minute PBS documentary about Keef that was broadcast by KQED on the Spark show:
Watch on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK5nV4qxp1U or go to KQED to download the segment http://www.kqed.org/arts/programs/spark/profile.jsp?essid=4530
- Wondercon interview (March 2007) with the Afrogeek!
Keef talks about new projects, politics, his move to LA, and movies.
- Keef interviewed on American Public Media’s the Story with Dick Gordon (2009)
- Interview (January 2007) with Andrea Dickson on Wisebread.com.
Keef talks about a great passion of his: tips on frugal living. Not just for starving artists!!
- MOCCA Audio Interview with Keef (June 10, 2006)
David Arroyo talks with Keef about his past, present, and future, as well as tips for budding cartoonists, in this 19 minute audio interview that you can download.
- Interview with Keef in the June issue of Antigravity magazine.
www.antigravitymagazine.com (pdf file)
- An in-depth interview with Keef by Chris Lanier of The High Hat. Keef talks about cartoons, the wifey, and his creative process.
- Keef gets interviewed on his favorite radio show and gives away not one, but two secrets!
KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio
- Keith Knight on the connection between books and comics
Las Vegas Mercury, 2004
- San Francisco Chronicle interview (Mar 24, 2004):
Keef’s Volunteer Work:
- Crossroads Project
(Home of the Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts)
- San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum:
- Just Think Foundation:
- 826 LA
- 826 Valencia
- October 22nd Coalition
- Southern Exposure Gallery
- Schulz Museum
- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Find out when Keef is coming to your town in the calendar section.