Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, and Natacha Bustos hits stands today. While I’m always excited by more diversity on the page and behind the scenes (Lunella, aka Moon Girl, is a new young woman of color character and the book boasts three women creators including Reeder as co-writer, Bustos on art, and Tamra Bonvillain providing colors), I’m rather concerned about Lunella’s visual similarities to Fight Like a Girl’s Amarosa. Continue reading ‘‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Bears Striking Similarities to ‘Fight Like a Girl’’
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Tags: Action Lab, black superheroes, Marvel comics, superheroes of color, superheroines, women in comics, women of color in comics
Tags: black superheroes, Star Wars, superheroes of color
I’d like to take a minute to talk about #BoycottStarWarsVII and the conventional “wisdom” of not feeding the trolls.
Now that it’s “over,” we know that #BoycottStarWarsVII was created and promoted by a relatively small number of racist bigots. This then snowballed once rational people started using the hashtag to call out the bigots. Essentially, the hashtag started trending not because of its use by bigots, but rather by sensible people who knew that casting people of color in a movie was not “white genocide.”
Once this fact was discovered, media reporting (and to an extent public opinion) started to shift. Continue reading ‘Star Wars, Solidarity, and ‘Feeding Trolls’’
Tags: Comics and Popular Arts Conference, diversity in comics, Dragon Con, feminism in comics, gender in comics, LGBTQ superheroes, women in comics, Wonder Woman
Tags: DC comics, Marvel comics, MomoCon, objectification in comics, race in comics, women in comics, Wonder Woman
I’ll be speaking at MomoCon 2015 in Atlanta, GA this month. Check out the full schedule below and come say hi!
Female Objectification through the Ages – A survey of objectifying art from the Italian Renaissance to modern day comics. This academic discussion will focus on how women’s objectification in classic fine art has influenced the treatment of women in contemporary comics. Continue reading ‘My MomoCon 2015 Speaker Schedule’
Tags: diversity in comics, Dragon*Con, feminism in comics, gender in comics, LGBTQ superheroes, race in comics, women in comics, Wonder Woman
I’ll be presenting “Why Wonder Woman? Tracing the Rise of a Feminist Icon” as part of “Comics and Feminism” with special guest Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Deadly)!
I’ll also be a panelist on “Roundtable on Race, Gender, & Sexuality in Comics & Fandom” along with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Laurenn McCubbi (Rent Girl). Check out my full schedule below: Continue reading ‘Come See Me Speak on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Comics at DragonCon 2014’
Tags: comic books, diversity in comics, Marvel comics, Marvel heroes, race in comics
Dear creative team of She-Hulk,
It’s great seeing Shulkie back in an ongoing series, especially one as unique as She-Hulk.
Soule’s storytelling and Pulido’s art are engaging, fun, and wholly unlike anything else on the shelves, but we need to have a serious discussion about issue #4.
Since when is all crime in San Fran committed by racist caricatures? Continue reading ‘An Open Letter About Racist Caricature to the Creative Team Behind ‘She-Hulk’’
Tags: gender in comics, LGBTQ superheroes, race in comics, women in comics
I’m happy to announce that I’ll be speaking at Momocon 2014 next month!
Specifically, I’ll be one of the round table participants on Serious Issues in Cosplay Part 1 (Race, Gender, and Sexuality).
I’ll be joining fellow academic Damien Williams, veteran cosplayer Kimihako Blade, and two representatives from the Southern Star Cosplay group who previously hosted the Cosplay is Not Consent panel during AWA 2013 to discuss issues of race, gender, and sexuality as they relate to the cosplay community.
You can catch the panel on Saturday May 24, 2014 in Panels 207 (Hilton room 206 and 207) from 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Hope to see you there!
Tags: black superheroes, diversity in comics, Fantastic Four, Marvel heroes, minority superheroes, superheroes of color
A new report that Michael B. Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has once again sparked heated debate. Many are praising the color-blind casting choice as a sign of progress, while others espouse racism under the guise of upholding the ever-sacred source material (which is itself a product of 1950’s racism).
I’m not going to bother directly addressing all the racist arguments because they’ve already been discussed and discredited ad nauseam. (If you need that discussion, allow me to recommend starting with The 5 Most Insulting Defenses of Nerd Racism.)
However, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the alleged progressiveness of color-blind casting. Is color-blind casting inherently a form of positive representation?
Tags: comic books, race in comics, Top Shelf Productions
In celebration of Black History Month, I’m giving away a brand new copy of March: Book One by civil rights leader John Lewis. Coauthored by Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), March is the graphic memoir of Rep. Lewis’ life and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Specifically, March: Book One deals with Lewis’ childhood in rural Alabama, his first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and his involvement in the Nashville Student Movement’s nonviolent fight against segregation. (For more on his many achievements, check out my previous post on Rep. John Lewis.) Continue reading ‘Black History Month Giveaway: ‘March: Book One’’
Tags: black superheroes, comic books, diversity in comics, Marvel comics, Marvel heroes, minority superheroes, superheroes of color
In celebration of Black History Month, I’m giving away copies of two of my favorite comics on the Journey Into Awesome Facebook page! First up is a new hardcover copy of Captain America: Truth (originally published as Truth: Red, White & Black) by Robert Morales (Captain America) and Kyle Baker (Why I Hate Saturn).
A blatant reference to the horrific real world Tuskegee Study, Truth is the tragic tale of a group of African American soldiers involuntarily subjected to an experimental version of the Super-Soldier Serum by the U.S. government. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Giveaway: ‘Captain America: Truth’’