Some interesting interviews with Don McGregor on the Black Panther and some of things he had to deal with while writing the book. The original framework was that the interviewers were going to review Essential BP and get McGregor's perspective on the issues, but it quickly branches off in its own direction with a great deal of discussion on including minority characters, interracial romances, etc in his books.
to even get your foot in the door requires a LOT...interning for free for a good year or two, most black college students just can't afford to do thatI'm more angry about the industry itself lately. And how I feel like the only way any black writer is going to have a legit impact is by going full on Jackie Robinson as well as being head and shoulders above the rest.
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I stopped posting regularly in Black Panther threads a long time ago...Part if it was because the same damn argument was happening every other day and another reason was because certain posters were allowed to troll that thread constantly.
And god forbid you try posting in a Storm appreciation thread as a Black Panther fan...
Lets face it.
Race debates are insular phenomenon brought up often by Minorities.
Regardless if you think which side is correct--it is fair to say, most of the time the result of said discussion is another group defending the event and minorities being even more outraged.
The dynamic alone lends itself to censorship.
And without emotion, its a financial issue. In the CINEMA, MArvel and DC have to cater to minorities..because they can see the dollar differences. In Comics, Minority dollars are NOT shown to be effective...because lets face it..their hasnt been any financial protest. We still buy Batman, Daredevil, Wolverine, Secret Avengers..etc...that has no minorities in them. (Not that there is anything wrong with that)
BUT LETS Say if most minorities were to get together and Boycott MARVEL and DC or chose a title..and invest. And I mean do it seriously. then those companies would notice.
Its all about the money.
Look at Chic-Fil'a )
Christian and Church groups have enabled its founder to not retreat from his statement because they have gone in droves and voted witht heir dollar. No Gay march can stand up to a 120 million dollar quarter. No matter how many kiss-ins.
Now that's real POWER. Minorities need to show solidarity and decide..do they want comics more diverse..and then actually do something collectively to send a message.
So lets get a top 10 list of minority/Gender/LGBT friendly titles..that are well written.
And lets support those..no matter the publisher.
Cut back on your other purchases and lets put our money where our mouths are.
With the venom that gets spouted on the Internet, I really do wonder if Marvel or DC can even begin to attract those special people. With the smaller major press companies starving for ideas and stories, they could easily make their name their, take their show to the digital market and never bother with a Market that doesn't want their voice for a market waiting to hear those voices. The Big 2 could easily lose a generation of non-white developers over their practices.
Those who refuse to learn from History, will repeat History as they wonder "What the F*ck happened?"