This drawing portrays a draped, reclining figure with a reading lamp affixed to her head. She holds a comic book while the lamp illuminates her face. The work is modeled after Henry Tanner's painting Annunciation (1898). In Tanner's painting, The Virgin Mary, seated on her bed, gazes into a body of light emanating from the angel Gabriel. Pruitt's everyday depiction contrasts this divine scene. The comic depicts the hand of Galactus, a celestial figure from the Marvel Universe, creating the hero The Silver Surfer.
"I am thinking of the act of creation. God creates Christ in Mary's womb, Galactus creates the Silver Surfer, and this woman is creating herself. She assumes the role of celestial creator and the created."
- Robert Pruitt
The title of the work is taken from Nikki Giovanni's poem Ego Tripping (1972). Giovanni's poem, written during her first trip to Africa, extols the power and divinity of Black Women.