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”.
If you’ve been following me on twitter and Instagram, then you know I’m really excited about the upcoming series out of Australia and New Zealand called Cleverman. Premiering to critical acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, Cleverman, produced by the Australian Broadcasting corporation and distributed in the US by SundanceTV, is a story basically asks, “What if only Indigenous people had superpowers?” It’s a very interesting concept, with shades of the X-Men, District 9, Heroes and even the real life Tuskeegee Experiment. With a reported 80% aboringinal cast and a storyline rooted in indigenous mythology, I am definitely looking forward to this show’s debut.
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:
Indie scifi novel and comic book publisher Rosarium Publishing announced April 6 that it is raising funds via crowdfunding to help pay for production of a minimum of 10 more titles this year. The campaign, entitled Rosarium Publishing: The Next Level, has set out to raise $40,000 on Indiegogo to cover the costs of offset printing and marketing of fiction in the science fiction, children’s, crime, steampunk, satire and comics genres.
Rosarium Publishing is an independently run, minority-owned publishing company specializing in speculative fiction, comics, satire and a touch of crime fiction. The company was founded in May 2013 by science fiction/fiction writer Bill Campbell with a focus on multicultural stories told from the voices of diverse artists. The publisher currently supports over 40 artists and writers from all over the world and currently has over 18 fiction novels and over 20 comic book titles. You can find Rosarium Publishing titles at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Comixology and PeepGame Comix. Bill Campbell had one goal when he started Rosarium: to bring true diversity to publishing so that the high-quality books and comics the company produces actually reflect the fascinating, multicultural world we truly live in today.
Created by David Mack and Joe Quesada, Maya Lopez, (a.k.a.- “Echo”) first appeared in Daredevil Vol. 2, #9 (12/99). She was half Cheyenne, half Latina and after Kingpin killed her father, (Willie “Crazy Horse” Lincoln), Kingpin raised her as his own (lying about her father’s death of course). Fisk tells her that Daredevil is responsible for her father’s death and sends her to kill him. Which, of course, doesn’t go as planned and they end up falling for each other. (Daredevil: Parts of a Whole 2/2010; Mack/Quesada) There is beautiful artwork in this book!
Vortex Comics out of Nigeria have several properties that they are currently promoting right now and as part of my Africa Rising series I will be covering one of their titles, Mumu Juju. Mumu Juju, roughly translated means “magical foolishness” which is exactly what the protagonists Mortar and Pestle are up to in this series about two spiritual servants working off a debt to a god that sends them on various quests for magical items in the spirit world.
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