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By Marissa Luca, Stories of Atlantic City Multimedia Content Producer
ATLANTIC CITY — It started simply enough.
Kevin Martin and Lavar Queen were two 9-year-old kids with scabbed knees and a common interest: comic books. Their friendship was natural, easy; they saw within each other an ally in a time when liking comics wasnâ€™t as popular, before the Marvel Cinematic Universe burst onto the scene.
â€œWhen we were in fourth grade, we were the geeks, you know? We just sat in the corner and kept to ourselves,â€ Martin said in a recent interview with the Stories of Atlantic City team. â€œWe stuck together.â€
As the years passed, Martin and Queen added more people to the roster of what would become Redonkulous Entertainment, the first African-American, independent comic book company in Atlantic City.
Much like the superheroes they write about and create, each member of the team has a unique nickname that speaks to their involvement in the company or their personality:
*Kevin â€œThe Co-Founderâ€ Martin, Co-Founder
*Lavar â€œCool Breezeâ€ Queen, Co-Founder/Writer
*Tanya â€œThe First Ladyâ€ Fields, Business/Marketing Administrator
*Courtney â€œThe Watcherâ€ Jackson, Business/Marketing Administrator
*Nigel â€œThe Wildcardâ€ Frasier, Concept Designer
*Ryan â€œThe Executive Producerâ€ Ross, Writer/Administrator
*Efrain â€œThe Lead Artistâ€ Arana III, Art Director
*James â€œThe Hardest Working Manâ€ Brown, Editor/Writer
*Mikayla â€œThe Apprenticeâ€ Foreman, Art Intern
The original two members of the group are Kevin â€œThe Co-Founderâ€ Martin and Lavar â€œCool Breezeâ€ Queen. Tanya â€œThe First Ladyâ€ Fields, one of the brandâ€™s two marketing managers, met the boys when they were all in junior high school.
In high school, Courtney â€œThe Watcherâ€ Jackson and Nigel â€œThe Wildcardâ€ Frasier joined the friend group and the team. Ryan â€œThe Executive Producerâ€ Rossâ€™s older brother was friendly with the group, and once they discovered his talent as a writer, he was quickly invited to join the fold.
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