A Blues-playing, black sorcerer wants to know why there’s a price on his head.
Do Latino comics creators have a mainstream visibility issue? Where do creators like George Perez and Fabián Nicieza fall in the history of Latino writers comics?
The 7th annual Black Comic Book Festival, which took place on January 18-19 at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, was a fierce statement on black representation in comics. Not a plea but an actual boots-on-the-ground, grassroots expression of black creativity, independence, and resiliency. There was an air of hope throughout the festival. Creators of color, […]
By Ricardo Serrano Denis There is an undeniable charm to smaller, more thematically-specific comics conventions. They promote conversation and an exchange of ideas that tends to get lost in the bigger, louder, and more distracting mess of lights and sounds that are the larger arena conventions. Diversity Comic Con, organized by Ramón Gil, favors conversation. […]
By Adam Karenina Sherif Content Warnings: sexual assault, sexism, racism This past weekend at NYCC saw a number of panels which earnestly attempted to push into more critical comics territory. Moderator Elana Levin, a comics podcaster and digital political organiser, guided the panel through a series of topics which offered some especially engaging […]
Here’s the thing about women, people of color, and gender queer characters growing closer to the spotlight and taking center stage in entertainment: Most industries, for decades, have been dominated by white men. I’m an artist, I earned my degree in Cartooning, that required I take a history of cartooning class, I sat through lectures […]
When you see yourself represented in the world, you see your value. Comic books continue to be a home for stories of marginalized groups, but how best to keep the momentum and add more stories and voices? The Diversity and Inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries, Publishing, Authors in the Industry panel, moderated by Christina […]
Over the years that I’ve contributed for The Beat, I’ve gotten to preview some pretty-interesting projects in the making, as well as talk to their equally-interesting creators. A little more than two years ago, I had a phone interview with two women who called themselves the “Gibbs Girls.” They were working on a steam-punk inspired comic that takes place at the dawn of the 20th century and during the Industrial Age. The story followed a female, African American inventor named Ada Turner who creates the first flying machine. Last week, the Gibbs Girls reached out and informed me that the comic had finally come out.
“Five years ago, Marvel was in charge, and they ruled everything I did as a retailer. It was ‘Marvel first.’ Now, they are the bastard children of the industry. I’ve lost probably 25% of my comic readership because 25% of my Marvel fans got tired of my higher cover prices, the non-sequitur storylines, the almost incomprehensible X-Men this and that… Marvel has done nothing to drive the industry towards us.”
“I remember the absolute last copy of the first print run, which I sold at Comic-Con. It was to a middle-aged, straight woman who was buying it for her teenage, gay son. She told me that she was getting the book for him because she wanted him to know his history and lineage, and she couldn’t tell that story to him herself. She thanked me for creating the book for the both of them and I promptly burst into tears. Then we hugged it out. It was an incredible moment.”