Below are annotations for “Untitled (This is not Negro Heaven)” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #11.
Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Gabriel Andrade
Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
- The Andrade drawing solicited for CP#11 appears as the AMPU cover for CP#10. The actual printed cover for this issue is the image of the seven African-American soldiers that appears at the start of the AMPU section.
- The story picks up from the end of issue #9 where James Calvin Zimmerman was rescued by black soldiers.
- The soldier appears to be using a rock to sharpen the bayonet blade that fits on the top of his gun.
- “Charleston” is a South Carolina city, site of Civil War battles.
- The black-bearded soldier is James Calvin Zimmerman, an actual confederate soldier who first appeared in CP#1.
- As stated in Brooks’ notes, the corporal is James Henry Gooding, an actual soldier fighting for the north in the civil war.
- To the right of Gooding is Cathay Williams, here a sergeant. In the real war, Williams was a black woman who enlisted in the northern army posing as a man, under the name William Cathay.
- “Chin music” is slang for idle talk.
Pages 3-5 – no specific annotations
- Williams is proving to Zimmerman that she is a woman, by bringing his hand to her breast.
Page 7 – no specific annotations
- The “male expression of strength” Williams refers to is, of course, “balls” which is slang for courage/strength.
- As stated in Brooks’ notes, the 54th Massachusetts was an all-black infantry regiment.