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
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
At a retailers' breakfast happening adjacent to NYCC, comic retailers had a panel of Marvel editors, writers, and staff on hand to answer their questions. But a normally tame event erupted into bickering and boos, because our never-ending culture wars always seem to find a fresh battlefield.Read More
Comics has a sexism problem
Marvel editor Heather Antos is being harassed because she posted a selfie of her friends and coworkers getting milkshakes. Comics continues to have a serious, serious sexism problem.Read More
I want to read more comic books. I want to be a regular reader of a series and follow a character through a larger arc, then be intrigued by another character and go down the rabbit hole of their story. But the way that comics are released just doesn’t work for me anymore.Read More
The nominees for the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics - named after the black writer, editor and publisher who created Static Shock - are almost all white. Seriously, comics?Read More
"They didn't want female characters out there."
In an interview at the Marvel Retailers Summit, Marvel's Senior VP of Sales and Marketing David Gabriel said, "What we heard was that people didn't want any more diversity. They didn't want female characters out there. That's what we heard, whether we believe that or not."Read More
The Crew Is Coming Back to Marvel Thanks to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Giving Black Superheroes More Comics Real Estate
Because today's world needs heroes like Misty Knight.
The world of Black Panther just keeps getting bigger! First, we had Ta-Nehisi Coates' critically-acclaimed run on the Black Panther solo title. Then, he broadened the world to ensure the inclusion of female voices and has partnered with Roxanne Gay and Yona Harvey to create Black Panther: World of Wakanda. Now, he's ushering in the return of Marvel's The Crew, returning a team of black superheroes to the spotlight.Read More
Yeah, we're keeping score.
In looking back on 2016, it's tempting to just write off the entire year as a loss. But, actually, this year brought us some very interesting pieces of media--and some compelling discussions about that media.Read More
Best of 2016 Last-Minute Comics Gift Guide for Friends Who Need a Little Help Finding Their New Favorites
Slim and Lou, the comiXologist podcast crew, are here digging into our libraries to recommend some of our favorite comics of the year, but this isn’t just any 2016 year-end list. This list doubles as your quick and easy last-minute gift guide for your friends who need a little help finding their new favs. Maybe your friend is just getting into comics; maybe they’re an old pro, but don’t worry because we’ve got something for everyone—including yourself!Read More
Interview: Sophie Campbell Talks Wet Moon Vol. 3 On ComiXology and the Awesome Possibilities in Digital Comics
Sophie Campbell is one of the best artists on the planet. Yeah, I said it. From her creator-owned titles like the now-classic Wet Moon, to her work on established properties like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jem and the Holograms, Campbell is basically the patron saint of the misfits and weirdos (and teenage mutant turtles), and the third volume of her Wet Moon series arrives on ComiXology this month!Read More