Category Archives: Comics

#BlackComicsMonth

Did you know that this was #BlackComicsMonth? Neither did I until I stumbled cross this interview on the The Mary Sue with MizCaramelVixen, the founder of #BlackComicsMonth.

MizCaramelVixen, who also founded VixenVarsity.com, started #BlackComicsMonth when she saw people people on Twitter asking if there were any black super heroes. It occurred to her that if they didn’t know about any black super heroes, they knew nothing about any black comic creators. Thus BlackComicsMonth was created.

Here is the official BlackComicsMonth website if you want to check it out. There are lots of links to black comic creators and their work. It will keep you busy for quite some time! I also recommend the interview with MizCaramelVixen, she’s an interesting person.

“Raising Dion”: How does a non-superpowered single mom raise her budding superhero?

Parenting is hard, single parenting is harder, and single parenting a POC super-powered child when you yourself are an ordinary human is the Mount Everest of hard.

Meet Dion and his mom Nicole. Nicole is widow, trying to raise her extraordinary son, Dion. Dion can levitate objects, turn himself invisible, teleport and zap things. Nicole is already struggling to guide Dion in his development, but then she notices mysterious men following her…

“Have you ever wondered what it’s like to raise a superhero?” Nicole asks in a trailer for the comic book. “How do you give him a normal childhood? How do you protect him from the world?”

Raising Dion is the brainchild of Dennis Liu, who is actually known for directing music videos for various clients such as Starbucks, Microsoft and Toyota. When he turned his attention to comics he decided that he wanted to write a comic with a “strong female protagonist”, and subvert the usual Dead Parents trope. As his own website says:

Imagine Superman, but from Martha Kent’s point of view. Or imagine Spiderman, but from Aunt May’s point of view. This is a superhero story, but from the parent’s point of view. But unlike her son, she doesn’t have any powers.

You can download the first issue for FREE here. if you want to support his work, you can also buy a copy at the links provided on his website.

The Coolest Comic Book Store

I am totally jealous of Philadelphia right now. (Now there’s a sentence this California Girl never thought she would type.) They now have one of the coolest comic book stores in the US. Meet Ariell Johnson and her new store, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. It’s the first comic shop on the East Coast to be owned and run by a black woman.

This woman rules.
This woman rules.

“We will be a legit store, so expect to see the heavy hitters that we all know and love. But in addition to those usual suspects, we want to showcase diverse comics, creators, and characters. We think that comics are for everyone and anyone that loves comics-women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.”

No wonder she was named on of the 15 Remarkable Women Who Rocked 2015 by Colorlines.com. We begin 2016 by bowing to you, Ariell.

If you are in the Philly area skip the racist Philly Cheesesteak sandwich shop and drop your money at Amalgram instead.

The Book of Mojo: the world needs this!

Another black girl super hero may be taking a bow soon . Former Pixar animator Everett Downing is making his self-published comic into an animated series and the teaser looks killer:

The story follows 13 year old Lucretia “Lucy” Jenkins who, with the help of her spirit guide Mojo, learns to use her magical powers for good. Downing describes it as “Harry Potter meets The Wire.” I’m there for it!

You can read the Essence interview with Downing here. Here’s an excerpt where Downing explains why he made the protagonist a black girl:

Why did you choose to make the main character a Black girl?
In the beginning, she was a little Polish girl. But then I remember at the time, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t see our faces, like I don’t see African-American faces in comics.’ Then I was like, ‘What am I talking about? If I want to see it, I have to do it.’ At the time when I was developing it, my daughter was not born yet and my wife had just found out she was pregnant.
I was like, ‘You know what? I need to start putting this imagery out here.’

Yes you do, Everett. And we thank you for it.

The Book of Mojo web site is here, where you can read the comic and learn more about the characters.

Shout out to member Treehouse31 for finding this gem! Let us know if you find any other projects like this that we can promote and support!

Meet Princess Adrienne of “Princeless.” Just don’t call her a “fair maiden!”

Looking for a great gift to give that budding young comic geek of color? I give you Princess Adrienne from the Action Labs comic Princeless. But this ain’t your run of the mill Disney princess. For example, what happens when you call Princess Adrienne a “fair maiden”? Well, this is what you get:

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I’m guessing he won’t be making that mistake again!

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Captain America is a black woman!

Yup, you read that headline right. Welcome to the wonderful alternative world of Marvel’s Earth-65 where Spiderman is actually Spiderwoman Gwen Stacey (You might remember Gwen as the blonde who died in the last round of Spiderman movies). In this alternate world, not only is Spiderman a Spiderwoman, but SHIELD is run by eye-patch wearing Peggy Carter, and Captain America is not white bread Steve Rodgers, but rather AA Samantha Wilson. And yes, that is a nod to Sam Wilson, Falcon in the movies and the current Captain America in the mainline Marvel comics

Check out the info graphic on her, this the Captain America we’ve needed all along:

Credit: IO9
Credit: IO9

The bad news that Samantha is not slated for her own comic (Boo Hiss!) but is a supporting character in the Spider-Gwen comics. The good news is that she seems to have a rather large supporting role and is fully fleshed out. The response among the fans has been very positive, so we should be seeing more of the marvelous Earth-65.

You can read more about it on the IO9 site. For once it’s even safe to read the comments, even the boys are into this AU, it is that well done.

IO9 interivews the writers for Marvel’s new comic “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”

We have mentioned this awesome looking new comic on these pages before because young girls and apex predators just go together. No fluffy puppies or adorable kittens here, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is the story of a 10 year old super genius and her pet T-Rex. According to the writers:

Would you mind just telling us a little bit about the setup for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur?

Brandon Montclare: Yeah, [Moon Girl]’s a new character. She’s kind of this precocious, 10-year old super-genius trying to find a place. She hasn’t made it into any of the special schools they have in the Marvel universe, or the regular New York City type of [schools]. But [she’s] an inventor, looking for information that could solve the problem of the mutant Terrigen bomb that’s mutating people. And [she] has a personal interest in that, because you find out that she has Inhuman DNA.

And just in investigating that, in kind of her young way, [she] accidentally transports Devil Dinosaur from the past, into the present. And they realize throughout the first series they’re kind of connected to each other. And that’s it in a clumsy nutshell! [Laughs]

Amy Reeder: Ultimate buddy comic. In my opinion!

moongirl3Aren’t they cutest thing ever? I need this in my life!

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DMC Comics introduces Puerto Rican Teen Superhero LAK6 to the world

Darry Makes Comics (DMC), the comics company co-created by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of hip hop group Run-DMC has given the comics community a new superhero, Puerto Rican teen Leticia Lebron AKA LAK6.

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LAK6 is a middle school student by day, helper to series star vigilante DMC (based on McDaniels himself) by night in 1985 New York. According to the HuffPost:

Miranda-Rodriguez described the influences behind LAK6’s Latino roots and how the character took shape, noting that the teen hero was inspired by graffiti artist Lady Pink as well as Iris Morales, a member of the Young Lords activist group. Her foster parents are based on Puerto Rican activists Lolita Lebron and Pedro Albizu Campos.

You can read more about it here, as well as seeing several pages of artwork. You can purchase the comic at the link to DMC Comic above.

Amandla Stenberg is making a comic book

From the Huffington Post:

Amandla Stenberg says we need more badass girls — and she’s helping to make that happen.

The 16-year-old actress, who is widely-recognized for her activism around social and cultural issues — is, yet again, speaking up and speaking out for women of color who often go under- and misrepresented. This time, Stenberg is using her talent to create an exciting new comic centered around the experiences of a young black warrior woman named Niobe Ayutami.

The comic, titled “NIOBE: She is Life,” follows the protagonist on her adventures to help save the world. Along the way, Niobe, who is half elf and half human warrior, is also on a journey of self-discovery to find out exactly who she is and all the powerful things she can do.

The comic looks AMAZING:

Niobe

Congratulations to Amandla and Stranger Comics for bringing this unique character to life!