From Oct 6-9, 2016 I was lucky enough to participate in two of the record 38 panels at New York Comic Con whose subject matter centered around Diversity and Inclusion. As long as I’ve been going to NYCC I have NEVER seen this many panels on diversity, nor have I seen this much intersectional diversity represented either. Almost all of them were packed, despite many being scheduled at the EXACT same time. I think the thing that impressed me the most this year was the VARIETY of the ethnicities and genders involved in many of the panels. this year’s NYCC featured thirty-eight separate panels split into four subcategories: Disability, LGBTQ, People of Color and Women. I remember when there was just one, (Geeks of Color I think) and the moderator tried to include as many different representations of diversity on the panel as possible. Whereas during NYCC there were panels dedicated to a specific topic or ethnicity. Here a highlights from a few…
Comic book writer, artist and animator Nilah Magruder, and winner of the 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity just dropped a new comic through Marvel called A Year Of Marvels: September Infinite Comic #1. It’s main characters are Tippy Toe and Rocket Raccoon and the comic is drawn by Siya Oum , cover art by Jamal Campbell (The Immortal Nadia Greene). Magruder has been quietly garnering a following for some time and her webcomics We Don’t Go There At Night and MFK (which garnered her the McDuffie Award) are pretty well known. (She was also on my list of Black female writers that should be working in comics). According to Heidi MacDonald of the Beat, (who broke the story), what makes this particular cuddly comic so groundbreaking is the fact that Magruder is an African-American woman and the comic dropped on September 7th.
If you are attending Comic-Con in San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center this weekend, and you support Black Lives Matter, then pack a white shirt, black pants and a black tie. Because this Saturday, July 23, 2016 a group of artists, bloggers, fans and con attendees will cosplay as cast members of The Book of Mormon plus name badges that say “Black Lives Matter” (instead of your name) for a Flash mob photoshoot. Organized by award-winning African-American comic book artist David Walker (Cyborg, Power Man and Iron Fist), the event will be held Saturday, July 23 at 2pm at the Upper Level at the Outside Promenade adjacent to the Sails Pavilion. In usual flash mob fashion, anyone who shows up can participate. No you don’t have to be African-American to participate and no you don’t necessarily have to cosplay, but Walker is asking that everyone wear a BLM badge. Click the image below for a download link to make your own.
As many of you know, I am a big fan of The Fan Bros Show podcast. They were nice enough to invite me to “the spaceship” last week, and it was BLAST! The whole gang was there, Tatiana King Jones, Dj Ben Hameen, Chico Leo and I finally got to meet Jamie Righetti! We talked about everything from Riri to Pokemon to robots who can’t see children. Click the link below to hear the show! Also, please follow them and subscribe to their podcast. In fact, follow and subscribe all of the podcasts that theblerdgurl visits! Enjoy! (header art by KahnKane
If you follow me on Snapchat, then you know I was at the Glyph Comic Awards on Friday. It was both my first time at the event, as well as my first time at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (which I will definitely return to because it’s beautiful!). For me the big surprises of the Glyph Awards were Chuck Collins’ BOUNCE! webcomic, winning 3 awards including Best Webcomic, The Rising Star Award and the Fan Award for Best Work and Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos win with Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur for Best Female character. Both comics prove that black characters in webcomics and black female characters are both relevant and marketable.
Black Panther #1, written by The Atlantic national correspondent and National Book Award winner, Ta-Nehisi Coates, accompanied with outstanding art by Brian Stelfreeze, garnered international buzz and attention upon the announcement of this series in 2015 and debuted as the best-selling comic for the month of April. Marvel continues the excitement surrounding Marvel’s celebrated Super Hero T’Challa, the Black Panther, through a groundbreaking hip-hop inspired video series entitled “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet”.
The Glyph Comic Awards were created by and held in conjunction with The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The Glyphs goal is to recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the previous calendar year. The awards are not only for African-American creators, nor are they only for comics featuring Black characters. However, past winners have all created comics with at least one major character of color. (For more information on ECBACC check out my previous post here).
The Award Nominee list is as follows:
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