(from press release)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro’s Bitch Planet is probably the most feminist, satirical, diverse and visceral story that I’ve read in awhile. The series, described by DeConnick herself as a “dystopian sci-fi take on the exploitation genre” started off in December 2015 and has published 10 issues (and two trade paperback volumes) to date. Taking a brief break from the series, DeConnick and De Landro decided to create an anthology series recruiting other artists and writers to contribute to the series.
On August 14, Joi ‘SJ’ Harris, the stuntwoman for Zazie Beetz’s character Domino in the upcoming Deadpool 2 movie was tragically killed while performing a motorcycle stunt on set. Since then, there has been much speculation as to whether or not her death could have been prevented and whether or lack of experience, lack of safety gear and some have even speculated diversity was to blame. The more I read, the more I realized that the majority of the reporting was very one-sided, leaning towards the “here’s another unqualified diversity hire” direction. So I decided to unpack this a bit in an attempt to separate fact from media spin.
A couple of weeks ago, every time I checked my twitter feed, I saw another announcement about Science Fiction Fantasy author N.K. Jemisin. Not only did the second book in her trilogy The Obelisk Gate win a Hugo Award for Best Novel, but The Fifth Season was picked up by TNT to be developed into a new TV show and her newest work The Stone Sky just hit the NY Times Best Seller list. N.K. Jemisin just.keeps.winning.
Is’nana the Werespider is the story of Anansi the Spider’s son. Written by Greg Anderson-Elysée, the story is based on Anansi the trickster god of the Akan people of Ghana, whose stories have spread for centuries throughout Africa as well as the Caribbean. Anansi is also present in the Vodun tradition which made it’s way from West Africa to Haiti, where Anderson-Elysée hails from.
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