V.E. Schwab is a name you've heard if you've been paying attention to the current landscape of queer and inclusive fantasy works. We got to speak to her about writing her comic and bringing Shades of Magic alive in a whole new way.Read More
New York Comic Con's "Pushing Boundaries Forward" panel did a fantastic job at educating newcomers about "boundary-pushing" within the comics space and the history of marginalized creators in the industry, while also touching on more nuanced critiques for the folks in the audience who have been to a lot of panels about this topic before.Read More
Sure, he can be gay ... in the alt universe.
"All-New, All-Different"? More like Same-Old, Same-Old.Read More
Top Cow Productions Promotes Bryan Hill and Betsy Gonia; Highlights Importance of Diversity in the Comics Industry
It's not only about diverse characters, but diversity amongst the people who create them.
We talk a lot about diversity in comics when it comes to characters and representation. However, equally important is diversity behind the panels. Thankfully, there are comics publishers who are making diversity in the industry a priority! Top Cow recently announced two promotions that make it clear that they take this mission seriously.Read More
Plus, FREE COMICS! Huzzah!
We were already plenty excited about Special Edition: NYC this weekend! In addition to hosting panels of our own and flailing over some of our favorite creators, there's another awesome panel we want to spotlight!Read More
[Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog from creator Shawn Pryor to promote his new Kickstarter project, Cash & Carrie.] Character and creator diversity in comics is not a difficult thing to do, yet I’ve seen major publishers make promises of diversity and progression for people of color and minorities with limited and minimal […]Read More
DC Comics is trying to get in good with the current push towards diversity in comics—not, you know, by actually expanding diversity in their comics, but by running an ad campaign called DCYou that talks a big game about diverse stories in comics.Read More
Hip-hop artist Jean Grae, comedian Mike Lawrence, Angela: Asgard's Assassin artist Phil Jimenez, and Marvel’s director of content and character development Sana Amanat showed up on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show to talk about the pushback against comics' move toward inclusivity and racial and gender diversity.Read More
"Apologize if necessary, resolve to do better, and move on."Read More
This Makes Sense
The New 52 has been a success at getting outliers interested in comics again. But looking around the Javits, at the ocean of non-white faces, and of female faces, it became VERY clear to me that all the angry blog posts begging for more diversity in the comics isn’t just a few loudmouths—even though they are treated as such by the big companies. It’s the reality of the world. Reaching this audience through inclusion might just be the most important goal for the mainstream comics industry’s continued survival. - Heidi MacDonald writing her New York Comic Con wrap-up for The Beat. It's just a little maddening having been one of those "loudmouths" myself to see this particular aspect of conventions, and in turn comics, so obviously noticed by what seems like everyone but those like DC Comics who really need to experience it. Not having attended any of the DC panels at NYCC (a first for me), I can't say whether or not the demographics were represented the same way there but the point is - if they are at a convention they are potential readers/new readers. Wouldn't it make sense to provide something they can see themselves in? (via The Beat)Read More
"Miles Morales and Spider Gwen are really awesome; they’re sort of modern heroes for a modern world."Read More
The Marvel CEO was part of a producer's roundtable talk.
During the chat, Feige discussed juggling the ever-growing slate of Marvel projects, as well as the studio's upcoming series on Disney's streaming channel.Read More
Dude, have you ever even read one of your own comics?
Marvel's Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski was questioned about the political nature of comics during a Q&A panel at TerrifiCon in Connecticut.Read More
"Comicsgate," if you've been fortunate enough to avoid it until now, is a comics-focused offshoot of Gamergate.Read More
Sidebar: why do bigots always have that same haircut?
The Jim Jefferies Show went down to San Diego Comic Con to interview attendees about ComicsGate, and it went about as well as you'd expect.Read More
Perhaps the strongest argument for Loki having always having encompassed some degree of queerness is the fact that he comes from a world that does not, for all we know, impose the same heteronormative standards as earth.Read More
Brie Larson Calls for More Diversity Among Entertainment Writers, but Are You Listening When POC Say the Same Thing
Brie Larson wants to see more non-white critics in entertainment and we couldn't agree more. At the Crystal + Lucy Awards, Larson delivered the announcement that the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals have pledged 20 percent of their credentials for marginalized writers to better reflect America, according to Variety. Which is a small improvement, but still an attempt was made.Read More
Tina Fey on How Diversity Only Makes Comedy Better & What She Got Wrong in That SNL “Sheet Cake” Bit
Still made no mention of that weird Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson joke, but it's a start.
On the latest episode of David Letterman's fantastic interview series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Dave sat down with Tina Fey. They discussed a lot of things, from her kids and her parents to her time doing improv in Chicago. But a large portion of the show is dedicated to how Fey has seen the comedy landscape change in its inclusion of women.Read More
Things We Saw Today: The List of 2017’s Best-Selling Graphic Novels Proves What We Already Knew: Diversity Sells
The list of top-selling comics tells us what we've been insisting for just about forever: diversity sells, both when it comes to characters and the real-life teams behind them. Publishing books from creators of color or ones that feature female leads is not a charity. These books make money. A lot of it.Read More