Posts Tagged: Marvel Comics

Luke Cage: When Representation Isn’t Enough

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This show’s true strength is its diverse portrayal of African-American subjectivity and morality, amongst both the male and female characters.

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Welcome to the World of Wakanda

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Last week, the exciting news came out that Roxane Gay will be joining Ta-Nehisi Coates as a co-writer on the second Black Panther series, World of Wakanda. The New York Times looks at how the series will center women both on the page the behind the scenes. And, check out this interview with Gay and Coates discussing the project […]

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The First Trans Superhero

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I send my scripts to at least three trans people every time, to make sure I am not speaking incorrectly, and that I am touching on points that would be realistic. It helps very much that our colourist, Tamra Bonvillain, is a trans woman. A newer comics publisher, AfterShock, is putting out a series featuring […]

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The Catch-22 of Representation

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Heroine Complex author Sarah Kuhn writes on her impulse as a child to dislike Jubilee, the Marvel superhero she was “supposed” to identify with as an Asian-American woman, and the pressures of creating representative characters for women of color in a marketplace with so few: Instead of worrying that the entertainment I consumed elevated bad […]

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The Rumpus Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

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To hell with alien attacks; cinematically speaking, Hollywood’s destroying itself just fine.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Comic Book Nerd

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” Between the World and Me, and, most recently, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” will continue highlighting the societal problems faced by young African-American men in his new work this spring—through the perspective of Marvel superhero Black Panther. Coates may bear the distinction of […]

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Fresh Comics #5: Who is Lee Marrs?

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That’ll be the name of the documentary that gets made when people learn to love Lee Marrs. Who is Lee Mars? Honestly, I don’t really know who she is. I’m sure I could ask her. I could actually call her on the phone.

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Not So Literal

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These days there are so many screens showing superheroes one can almost forget that they came from comics. Ta-Nehisi Coates talks to Vulture about storytelling, representation, and the places where movies fall short: We’re talking about something that’s so surreal it’s just not possible within the world as we know it. So that requires a […]

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Spiderman Gets a Socially-Conscious Makeover

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Marvel Comics recently announced their latest secret identity—underneath the spider suit is Miles Morales, whose black and Hispanic makeup mark a significant change in the ethnically homogeneity of mainstream superhero comics. Though killing off Peter Parker, the Spiderman before Morales, was a tough move, author Brian Michael Bendis made a socially-conscious decision to have this […]

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Saturday Morning Links

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If you were unclear as to just how anal sex works, gay marriage opponent Rep. Nancy Elliott (R-NH) has the lowdown for you. (Spoiler: she’s against it.) Is this “mixing” or plagiarism? Marvel Comics accurately portrays the Tea Party movement. Tea Partiers get mad. Marvel apologizes. No one is surprised. Hate your employer? I promise, […]

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