Born in the inferno that was the south Bronx the man who will one day be known as SONNY CHIBA aka CHIBA 37,was born with a box of crayons in one hand and day-glow finger paint in the other. His destiny to be an artist was written early, young Chiba would draw stick figure murals on the wall of his apartment all the time even in his sleep. After several beatings his parents realized it was better to encourage the young artist by sending him to school so he could draw on someone else’s walls for a change.
At 13, with his dreams of being the next Jack Kirby, he went to his first comic book convention, only to have his dreams shot down by a legendary cartoonist, who shall remain nameless, (Rich Buckler). After being Traumatized by the experience, Chiba spends the next nine years in fear of Bristol boards and number two pencils.
A chance encounter with an old classmate, now a street artist, rekindled that old spark, also he had to get a job or go to school or kicked out of his house. He enrolls at the New York City College of Technology where the young artist developed his “ in your face “ style, and graduates with an AAS in Art and Advertisement.
Since graduation Chiba has kept himself busy doing freelance work for various organizations including “Graphic ‘N Motion”,Gk smith Entertainment and actress/singer Bridget Barkan. But what he really wanted to do was try to be Jack Kirby again. So, in 2006, he launched his first web comic “STIFFS”, a weekly comedic look at life of lower paid workers at The Culture Land Museum. Critics quickly dubbed it as a cross between “The Boondocks” and “Clerks”. In 2015 he launched a new webcomics “JAH’MEL’S CHEAP THRILLS”, describe by the artist as “stories so random you will think they were straight out of the bible that are created by a man that one day will be homeless”. In 2016 Chiba started blogging his random inner thoughts on a blog he called “The Train Daries” In 2017 he started this very website “The Confessions of a Black Nerd”, Sonny Chiba’s loving tribute to the nerd culture that has shaped his life. If you email him your will find that Chiba still freelances for anyone who will pay him but first insists that anyone he works for lets him draw on their walls first.

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