Bitch Planet and March win first Virginia Library Association Diversity Award

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  The Virginia LIbrary Association (VLA) has announced the winners of their first ever Graphic Novel Diversity Awards. The prize celebrates diversity in comics form, and for the first year, ten publishers submitted 22 titles (published in 2015) in two categories: Adult and Youth. Winner receives $500 from the VLA Diversity and Inclusion Forum, and will be […]

The Ormes Society is back spotlighting black women in comics

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Nearly a decade ago, Cheryl Eaton created a site called The Ormes Society. It was named after Jackie Ormes, the first African American woman cartoonist and creator of Torchy Brown. The site was devoted to recording the work of African American women in comics and when the site started, Eaton came up with 13 names.

HeroesCon starts tomorrow…but you can help support equality tonight

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A lot of lucky comics folks are headed to Charlotte, NC for HeroesCon which kicks off tomorrow with its usual stellar guest list, informative programming and unmatched hospitality. Unfortunately due to political machinations beyond HeroesCon’s control — or the control of the many good folks who live in NC including a bunch of my family […]

Supporting Rosarium Publishing’s Indiegogo is a vote for diversity in comics

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Rosarium Publishing is a small Washington, DC-based indie publisher that’s been putting out some fine graphic novels, including Keef Cross’s
DayBlack, Jennifer Crute’s Jennifer’s Journal amd Micheline Hess’s Malice in Ovenland. As discussed in this Publishers Weekly profile last year, its very much focused on projects by and about POC creators.

What I didn’t know until I read this Indiegogo campaign is that Rosarium is funded mostly via publisher Bill Campbell’s day job and run as print on demand basis. That’s real passion and commitment.

UPDATED: Comics and diverse characters : where the sales are

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I don’t have a lot of time today (or any day) so this is going to be quick and dirty. But a piece by Adam Frey at a site called Pop Culture Uncovered –Comics: You’ve Got Your Diversity, So Why Don’t You Buy Them?  – has got a lot of people riled up. And I will explain why. […]

Comic books show up at the White House with Marvel’s Sana Amanat and more

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Sana Amanat of @Marvel introduces @POTUS at #WomensHistoryMonth Reception! pic.twitter.com/mEW7mAeCPH — Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) March 16, 2016 Since it’s been a shitty week for representation in comics and in American society, this photo of Marvel’s Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development, giving a copy of Ms Marvel to President Barack Obama at the White House’s […]

LINE Webtoon: readership is 50% female

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Mobile comics platform LINE Webtoon is huge in Korea and getting bigger here, and they are no slouches in the diversity department. According to a release, 42% of LINE WEbstoon’s creators are female, 48% of its comics feature female leads, and 50% of its over 6 million daily readers are women. Impressive, if not surprising statistics. And they’ll discuss them more at a “Women in Digital Comics” panel to be held at SXSW on Friday, March 18th. Participants include moderator Tom Akel, LINE Webtoon’s director of content, and 2 Broke Girls’ star Beth Behrs (Dents), digital star Michelle Phan (Helios : Femina), LINE Webtoon creators Kaitlyn Narvaza (Where Tangents Meet, Siren’s Lament) and Susanna Nousiainen (ShootAround), and one of the winners of LINE Webtoon’s recent Superhero Comics Contest, Sandra Diaz (Supersonic Girl).

Black Comics Month: Catching up wih Allen, Johnson, Stotts, Stephens, Kendall and Starhammer

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Continuing our spotlight on #BlackComicsMonth, by arrangement with Vixen, catching up with a ton of creators and comics. Check out some talented people you may not have been aware of before. Day 8 Comics Reviewer Allen Thomas Day 9 http://blackcomicsmonth.com/Derrick W. Johnson and his webcomic Random Acts of Boredom. Day 10 Taneka Stotts of the Beyond comics anthology […]

Commentary: BATMAN: The Uncomfortable Conversation

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When Heidi offered her forum to me to discuss issues of diversity, I was hesitant. I admire activism, but I’m a writer and my passion is talking storytelling and character. The opportunity made me feel unsafe, like somehow I would put storytelling in danger by raising the issue of diversity within it. I realized, during a long play session of FALLOUT 4 (my chosen tool for meditation), that my safety wasn’t at stake.

I was protecting my comfort.

Diversity is an uncomfortable conversation, especially on the internet. Writing popular fiction is kin to walking barefoot on hot coals. If you ignore the heat, you can make it to the other side. The moment you think about what’s underneath you, the flame takes you forever.

Comix Creatrix: the blockbuster art show is now a free 200 page book about the history of women in comics

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The timing was fortuitous with Angoulême-gate, but Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics an art show co-curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett has now opened in London and the opening, as captured in this slideshow of photos by artist Alison Sampson was a triumph. Extra points to Gravett’s outfit. 646 377 9682   Just […]