Yesha Callahan

Coming Soon: “Passing” The Comic Strip – When Race Is More Than Just Black Or White


Last summer, I got together with one of my best friends and writing partners, Danielle Belton, and wrote  several scripts for a tv show idea. This was our baby. We nurtured it and through what seemed like a hundreds of rewrites and character sketches we were finally done. With the help of Mad Cow Productions‘ Madeleine Smithberg  (the co-creator of The Daily Show) and Sarah North, the show was sent to one of the top, if not the number one, talent agencies in Los Angeles.

Top agency wanted to see more.

So more is what we gave them.

We churned out new scripts and made changes to previous scripts.  They loved it.  But then the axe fell. They thought it was “too smart” for tv.  Obviously the talent agency doesn’t really think smart people with a sense of humor watch tv.

After sitting on our idea for months and pissed that our brand of comedy is too smart, we said f*ck it.  No, we didn’t have the budget or resources to film our own YouTube series, and honestly we don’t have the time, so we brainstormed on how to bring our idea to life.  So we decided to go old school.

Comics. Well not a paper one, but a web comic.

We both love comics. Well, Danielle is  more into traditional comics. Personally, I love graphic novels.

So we enlisted the help of Danielle’s fake-always-shirtless-big brother, Jada Prather, to sketch our ideas and so it was born: Passing – The Comic.

Passing – The Comic is a satirical look at the lives of Kelly and Unique, two white sisters raised by a black family trying to make it in a racially polarized world of stereotypes and misunderstandings. Along with their bff, Deidre, who is just about over everything black, Passing mixes satire and nuance when it comes to discussing race and culture.

So there you have it, two Black women writers and a web comic. Oh, by the way, we haven’t given up on tv just yet and we recently got huge news from a major production company for another show we pitched.

Today, Clutch readers are able to get a sneak peek at the new site and comic.  Also, you can sign up on the site for launch updates and posts.

You can also follow the site on Facebook and Twitter (we’re not tweeting yet, until we find interns).








  1. March 31, 2014 - Reply

    Congratulations!! I look forward to reading it!

  2. March 31, 2014 - Reply

    is it gonna be free or subscription?

    • March 31, 2014 - Reply


      It’s free!


      • March 31, 2014 - Reply

        @Yesha Callahan

        wow. that’s cool! i’ll check it out. & keep my fingers crossed for your tv dreams or at least that you get big enough to go subscription based like marvel or dc does.

  3. March 31, 2014 - Reply

    Interesting concepts. I look forward to reading it.

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    • March 31, 2014 - Reply


      I also donated as well. It’s not much, but I wanted to give you ladies something.

      • April 1, 2014 - Reply


        You had us in tears yesterday!

        Thank you so much!


        • April 1, 2014 - Reply

          @Yesha Callahan

          Awww! You’re welcome!

          Hey, it had come from a woman who was once a little girl who used to “make” comics out of folded up composition notebook paper and stick figures.

  5. April 1, 2014 - Reply

    Witty, I’ll be looking forward to it.

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