Willie C. Cordy Jr., ’09 (MFA ’14) an instructor in Norfolk State’s fine and performing arts department, was recently the recipient of the Community Service award from the Portsmouth/Suffolk Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. A freelance artist and chief executive officer of City Earth Publishing in Norfolk, he is the inventor of Soul, the black comic book hero who protects the city of Portsmouth and its citizens. The artist spent most of the summer working with youth teaching them his trade and working with several community-based service organizations. His teaching philosophy reflects his life philosophy: helping inquisitive minds and guiding them on the path to becoming better artists. Cordy’s work is breathtaking. From his abstracts to caricatures, his graphics and portraits, he puts his heart and soul in to each piece.
He was recently interviewed by Dominic Pistritto, a participant in the Virginian-Pilot’s 2016 summer journalism camp. Cordy has now been identified as a Trekkie . . . a devoted fan of the television series Star Trek or one of its spinoff series or films. He told the student-reporter that he had already made plans to see the latest Star Trek release — Star Trek: Beyond. Would you expect someone who created a comic book super hero to be anything less than a full-blooded Trekkie? Of course not. Cordy says in the article that he was inspired by the Trek universe. He created characters inspired by fictional ones created by Gene Roddenberry as well as numerous other sci-fi shows and culture. A comic book fan since his early childhood, Cordy has presented his artwork at several comic conventions over the years. He loves the interaction of the diverse people attending these conventions and their ability to expand their minds and embrace the sci-fi culture.
Aside from his most recent award, Cordy is also the recipient of the 2014 Excellence Awards, the Hampton Roads Educator of the Year and Best Illustrator at the Third annual NAACP Black Men Rock Image Awards.