NO, DIVERSITY DIDN’T KILL MARVEL’S COMIC SALES

Over the past several years, there has been a decided shift in Marvel’s superhero line, with the on-page characters starting to look a bit more like people in the real world. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in series starring female superheroes, as well as a less pronounced (but still significant) increase in titles starring people…

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes

By GEORGE GENE GUSTINES MARCH 2, 2017 Art by Ross MacDonald When Marvel Comics announced in September 2015 that Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing a new Black Panther series, the timing could not have been more fortuitous. That same month, Mr. Coates, who writes regularly for The Atlantic, was awarded a John D. and Catherine T….

Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets Luc Besson Interview

In 1997’s The Fifth Element Luc Besson introduced to a future that was fantastic, a future where the president of  earth was a black man  and the world’s most popular tv personality was Ruby Rhod  a future that was inclusive This morning, the trailer for Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets…

Afrofuturism and the Phenomenon of the Black Panther

By Steven Underwood Posted: May 27, 2016 CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR bore its claws with the captivating debut of comics’ wealthiest warrior: T’Challa, the Black Panther. #BlackPantherSoLit trended nation wide as a declaration: the Black Panther is a favorite. Many tweeters were seduced by the culture, tradition, and wealth of both T’Challa and the mystery of Wakanda. In truth,…

VICTOR LAVALLE’S DESTROYER #1

BOOM! Studios has announced Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer, an all-new monthly comic book series debuting in May 2017 from best-selling horror novelist Victor LaValle (The Ecstatic, The Devil in Silver, Big Machine) and artist Dietrich Smith (Shaft, Incredible Hercules). The recipient of prestigious honors including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a…

Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked (Documentary)

  Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked is a television documentary that aired on The History Channel in 2003. The film is about the history of the comic book industry from its origins in the 1930s to the present day, and how comic books have mirrored and affected the society around them. It featured traditional historians, people…

They Will Have to Kill Us First

    They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian music in exile is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to…

Podast X-Men’s STORM as the Most Recognizable Black Superhero

From comicverse 2015 Click Image for podcast Most people with little knowledge of comic books and comic book characters know a few things about X-Men’s Storm, aka Ororo Munroe. After losing both her parents during the Suez Canal Crisis in Cairo, Egypt, an orphaned Ororo became a young pickpocket. From there, she wandered into Kenya…