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.