If you are familiar, or in the least semi-familiar, with the early history of the comic medium, images of fit men flying and punching everything in sight while wearing tights might blip through your imagination. Perhaps to your surprise, comics in the early 1900’s were diverse and meant for a broad audience. In fact, it […]
The upcoming Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (or just Power Rangers, as they’re now known) remake got some heat for whitewashing Rita Repulsa, but it’s opening up in a different way with what’s being called the first openly LGBTQ characters in an action movie: SPOILERS BELOW so beware: During Power Rangers’ second act, there’s a scene […]
Bright and early on a Sunday morning, collected in San Diego Comic Fest’s make shift “Kirby Café” panelists Jenny Stiven, Jonathan Tavss (working in digital and social fandoms for over 20 years), Anina Bennett (once editor at First Comics and co-author and co-creator of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel and the science fiction series Heartbreakers), and […]
After a vigorous round of judging, the five finalists for the Dwayne McDuffie Award For Diversity In Comics have been revealed (I was one of the judges) and they are: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels Shaft: Imitation of Life by David Walker and Dietrich Smith Amazing Forest by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas and more […]
Here’s a good idea: Universal Fan Con, an event sponsored by Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks to offer an event that will offer representation for all fans. It will take place April 27-29th 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center with an emphasis on POC, LGBTQ and disabled fans and issues. Jamie Broadnax of […]
Rather than embed a giant string of tweets just go to this one and read the story that unfolds. https://twitter.com/sapphicgeek/status/805146210235518976 Written by a comic shop clerk, it’s about how a teen girl came to the store in search of some comics to help her find her way in the world…and how she cried when the […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.