Posts Tagged 'diversity in comics'

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’

DragonCon 2014 Recap

DragonCon 2014 Kelly Sue DeConnick duckface selfie

Post-panel duckface selfie with Kelly Sue

So I realized it’s high past time for a DragonCon ’14 recap.

The con was amazing. Both panels were standing room only with topnotch audiences. People actually stood in line for 30 minutes to get into a Monday afternoon panel with the word “feminism” in the title. Bravo, folks.

And of course, Kelly Sue DeConnick was every bit as awesome as you’d expect. Continue reading ‘DragonCon 2014 Recap’

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’’

Listen to ‘Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes’

Wonder Women independent documentary title cardLast week, I had the pleasure of appearing on KCUR 89.3 FM’s Up to Date along with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, the director of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and Dr. Brenda Bethman, the Director of the Women’s Center at UMKC.  Continue reading ‘Listen to ‘Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes’’

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: ‘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’’

DragonCon 2013 and a Look Forward

Daniel-Amrhein-Dragon-Con-2013Dragon Con was amazing. Let me start by sending out a great big thank you to everyone who made it out to my panels. You all packed that conference room and were the best audience I’ve ever had the pleasure to speak to. On Saturday night, we even had a bunch of people hang out for an extra two hours after the panel officially “ended” to chat about gender, race, and sexuality in comics.

Getting the chance to talk to so many intelligent and passionate people about the things I care about was exhilarating. You all made my con. Thanks for being so awesome. Continue reading ‘DragonCon 2013 and a Look Forward’

Come See Me Speak About Gender in Comics at Dragon Con 2013

Dragon Con Logo

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at Dragon Con 2013 next week as part of the Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference!

I’ll be presenting “Tights, Tits, and Titian: Female Objectification from the Italian Renaissance to Contemporary Comics” as part of “Gender, Race, and Identities in Comics.”

I’ll also be a panelist on “Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Cosplay and Fandom.” Check out all the details below!

Continue reading ‘Come See Me Speak About Gender in Comics at Dragon Con 2013’

Kitty Pryde Responds to Havok’s ‘M-Word’ Speech

Kitty "I am Jewish. I am a mutant."Kitty Pryde has a long history of drawing parallels between the plights of mutants and those of real life people of color (see X-Men: God Loves, Man Kill and New Mutants #45).

That’s why I was excited to see her speak up in All-New X-Men #13 to so masterfully address Havok’s infamous M-Word Speech. The monologue comes courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis and I can’t help but interpret it and its lack of counterpoint as explicit commentary directed to Rick Remender. Either way, it’s a great monologue and an even better point.

Check out Kitty’s smack down below. Continue reading ‘Kitty Pryde Responds to Havok’s ‘M-Word’ Speech’

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