Nat Cummings is a talented computer hacker using his skills to pay his college tuition. A covert operative, he is well-versed in hacking, hand-to-hand combat, blade combat, andÂ stealth.
All is well with Nat until he isÂ listedÂ as an International TerrorÂ Threat,Â Code Red. The newlyÂ formed government/paramilitaryÂ organization called The Establishment givesÂ him a simple choice, eitherÂ workÂ withÂ themÂ toÂ become a highly trained assassin orÂ be terminated.
Nat is the protagonist of a new science fiction comic book series, P.B. Soldier. The series not only promises an exciting story of an African American antihero, but it is designed to teach STEM skills.
P.B. Soldier is the brainchild of PBS Media, an independent comic book publisher founded by Naseed Gifted.
Gifted is not only the comic’s writer and creator he is a long-time math teacher, was an engineer, and is currently an administrator for the Pre-Academy division of the New Jersey Public Schools system.
Today, PBS Media is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $8,500 for the production of episode 3.0, the sixth installmentÂ ofÂ a 13 bookÂ arc. FundsÂ will go toward payment to line artist and colorist Abel Garcia, andÂ the actualÂ production of the book, including printing and distribution. A portion of proceedsÂ will go to the Central High School PreÂEngineering Academy in Newark,Â New Jersey, where Gifted hasÂ taught and led forÂ the past 13 years.
GiftedÂ isÂ also aÂ two-time Glyph ComicÂ AwardsÂ and Urban Action Showcase nominee. He isÂ also the founderÂ of New Jersey’sÂ BlackÂ ComicÂ Book FestivalÂ “KhemÂ ComicÂ Festâ€Â and travelsÂ acrossÂ the countryÂ asÂ a panelist for Full Spectrum: Why ColorÂ inÂ ComicsÂ Matters and Using ComicsÂ to teach STEM.
His published worksÂ include Short stories: OccupyÂ Renaissance City; TerroristÂ ActÂ ofÂ 2011Í¾Â andÂ as director/writer of P.B. SoldierÂ “The Awakeningâ€ Short Film and P.B. SoldierÂ AnimatedÂ Short.