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Ohio man’s comic books focus on urban farming

Richmond Heights, Ohio, resident Martinez Garcias has completed four comic books in his “Brink City: Green in the Ghetto” series and will soon begin work on the fifth instalment in the series. Photo by Andy Attina.

Brink City will be a 12-part comic book series when it’s completed.

By Andy Attina
January 27, 2012,


He wrote the first of four comic books, titled “Brink City: Green in the Ghetto.” Brink is used as a generic name for similar cities all around the country.

The comics have dealt mostly with urban farming, as Rid-All runs greenhouses in Cleveland. They were geared toward inner-city youths, but Garcias wanted them to be more versatile and appeal to kids in the suburbs, as well.

Brink City: Green in the Ghetto (Cleveland in disguise) is a city on the brink of destruction if conditions don’t improve. Luckily, a shape-shifting alien has arrived to help local scientists, kids and community groups and others working on the problem. A 12-episode run is planned.

“I wrote about issues such as the agricultural green movement, anger, unity and life problems humans have to deal with,” he said.

Last summer, Rid-All owner Damien Forshe suggested the books could be made into a play. Forshe sent copies of the comic books to a playwright in Los Angeles, who came out to Cleveland to meet with both men.

Read the complete article here.

Buy the comics here.

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1 comment

1 Mark { 06.07.12 at 6:55 am }

If you stay in Richmond Heights or Ohio, is there anyway to meet with the cartoonist to just learn from him?