— 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 Women’s History Month reminds me that despite the bleating of bigots, we’re still the greatest nation on earth.
Obama’s White House is quite probably the most comics friendly ever, what with Obama comparing ISIS to The Joker for their chaos terror, and makign jokes about supreme court nominee Merrick Garland putting himself through law school by selling his comics:
And he put himself through Harvard Law School by working as a tutor, by stocking shoes in a shoe store, and, in what is always a painful moment for any young man, by selling his comic-book collection. It’s tough. Been there.
In his remarks, Obama called Amanat a hero herself.
Amanat is a Muslim, Pakistani-American woman. From New Jersey. She’s also increasingly the public face of Marvel and someone who is very smart about walking the lines of representation and entertainment. And smart in general. Comics is lucky to have her.
— sana amanat (@MiniB622) March 17, 2016
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.