(originally posted on tumblr)
The second guest on my interview series is none other than the impeccably dressed Joseph P. Illidge. ( I have never seen this man in sneakers, seriously). For those of you who don’t know, Joe has worked for Milestone, DC Comics, his own company Verge Entertainment and he also contributes a weekly column called THE MISSION over on CBR.
But today we’re not going to talk about all that.
Joe and I met about 4 years ago at a mutual friend’s art show and I was introduced to him as “The girl that’s into comics I was telling you about.” (Thanks Jason). Joe and I proceeded to talk for the next hour about Wonder Woman and the fantasy dominatrix concept of her character (and costume) as told by the white male dominated comic book industry and why they just can’t seem to make a movie about her.
Um…but we’re not actually talking about that today either.
This interview was inspired by a series of DMs on twitter we shared about the lack of support for not just characters of color, but the people who create them. We were both lamenting the need for constructive criticism of not just the way mainstream comics deal with PoC (People of Color, and no that term does not just apply to Black folks) but also of the quality of work that comes from many indie creators of color.
I asked a few questions and Joe (in true fashion) went in. So make yourself something to eat, (or drink, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere) and sit back and learn something.