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‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ Bears Striking Similarities to ‘Fight Like a Girl’

Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurMarvel’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’’

Star Wars, Solidarity, and ‘Feeding Trolls’

Official Star Wars The Force Awakens poster

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’’

My DragonCon 2015 Appearances

DragonCon 2014 logoI’m speaking again this year at DragonCon 2015 as part of the Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference! Check out my schedule below. Continue reading ‘My DragonCon 2015 Appearances’

My MomoCon 2015 Speaker Schedule

MomoCon Atlanta GAI’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’

Come See Me Speak on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Comics at DragonCon 2014

DragonCon 2014 logo

Come see me speak at DragonCon 2014 as part of the Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference!

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 MarvelAvengers AssemblePretty 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’

An Open Letter About Racist Caricature to the Creative Team Behind ‘She-Hulk’

She-Hulk #4 (2014) by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido

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’’

Come See Me Speak About Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Cosplay at Momocon 2014

Momocon 2014 Carnival Logo 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!

Jordan’s Human Torch and Representation: Multicultural Casting vs Color-Blind Casting

Michael B. Jordan will play Fantastic Four's Human Torch aka Johnny StormA 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?

No, not inherently. Continue reading ‘Jordan’s Human Torch and Representation: Multicultural Casting vs Color-Blind Casting’

Black History Month Giveaway: ‘March: Book One’

March (Book One) by Andrew Aydin and Congressman John Lewis and Nate Powell 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’’

Black History Month Giveaway: ‘Captain America: Truth’

Truth: Red, White & Black by Robert Morales and Kyle BakerIn 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 StudyTruth 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’’


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