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African Women In Comic Books

We always make it about race, it’s always about the colour of the skin, the origins of a person. You only need to mention race and the discussion could go on and on for weeks, months, centuries. 

Isn’t quite boring when everything is about race? Colour shouldn’t count and blah blah, which is all true but all said as well. Truth be told, our society is still far from not needing a conversation on race (whatever that is anyway), so whenever a “blackprincess, president, protagonist, writer etc appears on mainstream channels, it’s a big news.

So here is the latest one: African women will get their own character in a Marvel comic exclusively dedicated to Storm. Do you remember Storm from the X-Men? In the movie she was interpreted by Jessica Alba, so it’s a character that exists since the X-Men, Vol. 1: Primer does, 1970. But as the Washington Post announced, Marvel has decided to make a spin-off only based on Storm’s story, and it comes with all a bunch of identity issues. You can read how Karen Attiah from the Washington Post, puts it.

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4 comments on “African Women In Comic Books

  1. maxspecter
    30 August 2014

    hi good day i was moving through the internet looking for sites who support independent albeit african or african american titles and your site came up on my search , im not so famous so you may not have heard of me , introductions first im tobe “MAX” ezeogu im a comic artist ,writer,creator and creative director at http://www.comicrepublicmedia.com based in nigeria (africa )and i was hoping if you could find the time to do a piece on our comics if its to much trouble a mention on your site , weve been in the buisness for about a year or two so far we are gathering a small fanbase and i would love a case where in exchange we also refer or have an add page on our online comic reader dedicated to your site , where about to release our second issue for our title eru ,you can download it online also on our site ,i know you dont usually do referals for most indie titles from what i see but im hoping that you will be kind enough to support a dream far away , and also raise awareness for the african comic industry because if not most of our great ideas will remain what they are “mere ideas” , if you are not allowed to do direct pieces maybe a piece on the nigerian comic industry or african comic industry .please reply earnestly thank yo for reading –
    heres a link to titles by other publishers in the industry http://nigeriancomicsonline.wordpress.com/

    • Hi Max, that’s really interesting. Why don’t you write me at balobeshayi @ Gmail.com? I’d love to learn more about your work. Best, Beatrice

  2. Yvonne Chireau
    8 October 2014

    I am very much interested in this topic, and I have recently wrote about an aspect of African and African American women in comics http://wp.me/p1HaJ5-w0

    I enjoy your blog!

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