The Writing of Hannibal Tabu

hannibal tabu, hard at work, typing away on a computerHannibal Tabu began his career as a professional writer as an intern at the Los Angeles Sentinel, the "oldest Black-owned newspaper in the West." (founded in 1933, doncha know). By that time he had already worked two frustrating years at USC's Daily Trojan, been entertainment editor of an anarchist campus publication called V, and was actually pretty well versed in the technical part of publications. Under the tutelage of the paper's three main reporters Dennis Schatzman, Marsha Mitchell (now Marsha Bray) and James Bolden, Hannibal began to take things more seriously, to really enjoy the craft and develop the tools to become a professional.

He always ended up returning to creative writing after majoring in it at that den of sin an iniquity called USC, doing forms of creative writing most of his life. At age eight, Hannibal wrote a "novel" (that term is being used loosely) on more than 200 college ruled notebook paper sheets, a tale of gods and petty struggles, one so terrible it's best not to mention it. At the age of ten, Hannibal started trying to make my own comic books, which are so badly drawn that they may actually cause retinal damage.

In the late 1990s, Hannibal studied at The World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop, discovering precision and word economy that helped improve his prose considerably. Despite being an anti-social bastard with a superiority complex that borders on megalomania, he was able to win the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt and continued on to write for Aspen Comics, New Paradigm Studios and Legend Press and other entities. He's best known for writing his column The Buy Pile at Comic Book Resources.

several of Hannibal's published books collected together from his personal library

In this section you'll find highlights of comic book writing published and otherwise, Hannibal's poetry, highlights from his journalism career and specially curated blogs.