Just in case you missed my explanation of how manga helped pave the way for a more diverse comics industry, here’s a video of me and then-Marvel editor Bobbie Chase in 1996 trying to explain why women might want to read comics. That’s really how it was folks.
The clip is from a TV show called The Anti Gravity Room, which was shown on the SciFi Channel, as it was then known, which was a US version of Canada’s Prisoners of Gravity. Both shows covered the whole “comics, nerd world” with taped interviews and comics-friendly segments that seem commonplace now, but were unique at the time. I think I co-hosted an episode or two, and I just can’t wait until those tapes surface.
Video via Sean-Paul Kearns who has compiled a list of all the You Tube videos of The Anti-Gravity Room. Watch if you dare!
Image ganked from this website, which has a nice reminiscence of the show.
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.