Posts Tagged 'diversity in comics'

Black Superheroes for Black History Month

First Black SuperheroToday marks the beginning of Black History Month. Being as this is a comic blog, I’ll be observing the month by highlighting some of the most influential and important black superheroes in comic history. Each Monday, I’ll be publishing a different black hero spotlight.

I hope you’ll join me this Monday when I discuss Lobo, the first black hero to star in his own title.

[Update: You can also now check out my posts on Black Panther, the first black superhero; Falcon, the first African-American superhero; and Butterfly, the first black superheroine.]

The X-Women Are Taking Over ‘X-Men’ this April

X-Women starring in X-Men as part of Marvel NOW!News broke this week that Brian Wood and Olivier Coipe’s new on-going X-Men title will feature an all-female cast.

And as if that wasn’t enough to get me excited about the book, Wood recently told USA Today that X-Men will star Jubilee. I’ll be honest; I’m a sucker for anything with a well-written Jubliee. Throw in Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke, and it’s a who’s who of my favorite X-Men.

The announcement has been pretty well received, but there has been a bit of criticism regarding the series’ name. Continue reading ‘The X-Women Are Taking Over ‘X-Men’ this April’

Is a Hero of Color More Upsetting than a White Would-Be Rapist?

Doc_Ock_Spider-Man_vs_Miles_MoralesSome pundits seem to think so.

Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man #700 ahead. Continue reading ‘Is a Hero of Color More Upsetting than a White Would-Be Rapist?’

Support Women and Minorities in Comics and Pre-Order These Books (Vol. 2)

Due to the nature of the comic industry, a pre-order helps to sends a stronger message to a publisher than a simple sale. That’s why if we want to see more diversity in comics it’s important to support books with strong female and minority characters with a pre-order.

Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Spider-Woman of Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble #9 by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Stefano Caselli

Since there are so many shakeups happening at Marvel thanks to Marvel NOW! I decided that now is the perfect time to highlight a few Marvel projects that I’m pre-ordering and tell you why you should too.

Avengers Assemble #9 (Marvel) – As of issue #9 (out last week) Captain Marvel scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick has taken over as the writer of Avengers Assemble. The first issue is great. It’s well-written, genuinely funny, and it quintessentially feels like the Avengers. Plus, aside from two issues co-written by Anne Nocenti in 1984, this makes DeConnick the first woman to write an ongoing Avengers book! Continue reading ‘Support Women and Minorities in Comics and Pre-Order These Books (Vol. 2)’

What the Comic Industry Can Learn from the 2012 U.S. Elections

Obama and Spiderman ComicThere’s a very important lesson that the comic book industry can learn from the 2012 U.S. elections. You can’t just cater to straight white men anymore.

Last night we saw Mitt Romney carry the white vote and lose, a record number of women win Senate seats, and multiple victories for the LGBT community.

As ABC News puts it “Romney’s most reliant bloc the whole campaign was white men.” He won the white vote by 20 points but lost the election and the popular vote. The same margin of white voters Reagan used to win by a landslide in 1980 is no longer enough to win an election. Continue reading ‘What the Comic Industry Can Learn from the 2012 U.S. Elections’

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