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Dawud Anyabwile Collection

Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0168

Content Description

Spanning from 1978-2017, this collection documents Dawud Anyabwile's life and work. The collection contains printed and published materials which consist of storyboards, comic books, sketchbooks, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. Items of note include seven issues of Brotherman Comics co-created by Anyabwile and his brother Guy Sims. This collection also contains a small amount of records pertaining to Big City Entertainment. Also included are oversized materials such as plaques and posters.

Other notable materials include storyboards from Klatsky Csupo, Inc. productions Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. Also included are drawings and photographs from his childhood, audio cassettes containing interviews and sound tracks, and framed memorabilia from the Black Expo and Emerge magazine.


  • Creation: 1978-2017

Biographical / Historical

Dawud Anyabwile (previously known as David A. Sims) is an illustrator and comic artist based in Atlanta, GA.

Anyabwile was born February 6, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From an early age, he had an interest in art that was nurtured and cultivated in his home. He credits his high school art teacher for giving him a solid foundation of knowledge. He cites Ernie Barnes, Overton Lloyd, and Mort Drucker as influences. He has stated that his art is an extension of his experience and beliefs rooted in family entertainment.

From 1984-1990, he worked as t-shirt airbrush artist in The Gallery Mall in Philadelphia, but later expanding to New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. This work which involved utilizing and refining his use of expression, would later directly influence the artwork in his comic book series entitled Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline that he co-created with his brother, author Guy Sims. He also stated that he created Brotherman out of a desire to see more Black characters in comics. The original comic book series was published in 1982. And in 2016, he and his brother released a graphic novel entitled Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline – Revelation. Anyabwile currently runs Big City Entertainment, a creative arts and animation company. In addition to his work as an independent artist, Anyabwile has also worked with other studios and production companies. Anyabwile worked as a production designer for Pink Panther CD-ROM games from 1996-1997. He worked as a character designer for shows such as Klasky Csupo’s The Wild Thornberrys and The Rugrats television series from 1997-1999. He also worked as a production designer for Tuner Studios in Atlanta, Georgia from 2001-2004. Other clients include Nickelodeon, MTV Animation, Scholastic, BET, and NBA TV.

Anyabwile has won several awards and has received recognition for Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline – Revelation including a Glyph Award for Best Artist in 2016.


30.5 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into five series: 1. Artwork and Professional Work; 2. Photographs; 3, Print and Published materials; 4. Audiovisual Materials. Each series is further divided into subseries. Within each series, items are arranged chronologically or alphabetically. Please see each series for specific arrangement details.

Dawud Anyabwile Collection
Jasmaine Talley and Allison Whitted
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Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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