Been wanting to have an excuse to draw Captain Marvel (both versions) for a while now.

Captain Marvel is an interesting figure in the comic book industry because while her book is wonderfully written on its own merit, it also created something of a social media movement.

I think this is in large part due to the book’s writer Kelly Sue DeConnick doing such a remarkable job interacting with her fans. There is even the Carol Corps in which many fans name themselves under.

It’s a really cool thing I think when cosplayers are recognized by their industry counterparts, and in fact are encouraged by them. It gives a sense of validation and identity.

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EMBIGGEN! or, Why Kamala Khan Is The New Peter Parker

Kamala Khan isn’t the first character to go by the name ‘Ms. Marvel’, and I suspect she won’t be the last. However, her place amongst the figures of our modern Marvel mythology stands out for a good many reasons. First and foremost, Kamala is the first Muslim character to hold the rank, and the first and only Muslim/Pakistani-American to have her own title in mainstream comicbooks, not to mention one of only ten female superheroes to have her own Marvel book right now, period.

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The initial announcement was met with widespread reactions from the comicbook community, ranging from lauding Marvel’s gusto for increased diversity and a more positive representation for Muslim-Americans, to entitled whiners claiming “Political correctness gone MAD!” because babies don’t understand object permanence. I distinctly remember one very uppity member of the latter group asking “Why don’t they just make her a disabled lesbian too??” and they were right to ask that question, though perhaps for the wrong reasons. That too would’ve been a welcome move since, you know, people like that actually exist. But more than anything, it’s the folks who fundamentally misunderstand the need for diversity in American media that end up proving Marvel and Marvel fans right. Kamala Khan is an important character, and perhaps one of Marvel’s most important characters since the 1960s.

 by Siddhant Adlakha

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(Ms. Marvel 8)

Dan:  What is that?

Me:  A tiny evil robot that acts as a homing beacon to a much larger evil robot.

Dan:  But if it’s evil, why is it so adorable?

Me:  Haven’t you been paying attention?  Everything in Ms. Marvel is adorable.

(also, I want her bag.  And her entire outfit, which is not visible in this panel but involves a captain america shirt.  But mostly her bag)

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Kamala Khan + Possitive experiences about her culture/religion

This is so important, in my opinion. Because it’d be very easy for Marvel to have a Muslim character rebelling against a traditionalist culture and just putting it as retrograde or closed off… but instead we see Kamala slowly learning the balance between who she wants to be and what she believes in… and we get to see how her believes have shaped her into the hero she now is.

We know Kamala Khan is popular, but what does a sixth printing really mean?

Kamala Khan has enraptured the world as many times as she’s saved it. Now, the plucky Pakistani-American teen who made history as the new Ms Marvel, comics’ first ever lead Muslim superhero, is getting a rare sixth printing—and heralding a new era of diversity in comics.

Although the world of comics occupies an increasingly large part of the pop cultural domain—last year the industry did about $800 million in sales—the number of people who actually buy comics is relatively small. Most comics only average about 3,000 copies per printing; with Kamala now on her sixth printing, she’s headed towards a whopping 20,000 print copies sold. 

Still, to put things in perspective, sixth printings are major milestones in the world of comics. Spider-Man Issue #583, the one with President Obama on the cover, only made it to a fifth printing despite making international headlines. Kamala now joins an elite lineup of bestselling comics that have performed beyond all expectations.

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So, a little story.

At the company where I’m doing my internship, I’ve taken to drawing superheroes every day on the whiteboard of my cubicle. My co-intern, who sits right across from me, thought it was a fun idea, but never seemed to particularly care about the characters themselves.

Until I drew Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel. Suddenly she started asking me all about who she was, what her powers were, what her story was… I told her I’d bring in some comics about her so she could check it out. This photo is of her reading Ms. Marvel #4 (the only issue I had on me at the time), which she told me was the very first comic book she’d ever held in her hands before. And she really enjoyed it!

She asked me about other heroes, so I told her about Miles Morales/Spider-Man and she sounded really interested in him too. She explicitly told me, “I really like seeing a lot of more diverse, ethnic characters.”

In the weeks since, she’s asked me for more heroes and more comics. I’ve given her all the Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spider-Man and Blue Beetle comics I could gather, and now she’s always asking me for more details on the characters I draw every morning. Sometimes I turn around and see her googling superheroes at her desk to read more about them.

Let me remind you: this is someone who had zero interest in superheroes, and zero desire to learn more about them—and now she is eagerly reading and seeking out new material. All because of characters like Kamala Khan and Miles Morales.

I’ve got about five weeks left of work here. Let’s see how many more comics I can get her interested in during that time!

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Her Universe has announced the first wave of their new Marvel line! There’s more coming, including a Loki dress, Ashley Eckstein tells The Daily Dot. A Black Widow hoodie will be available at San Diego Comic Con. And Ashley herself will be voicing Dagger of Cloak and Dagger in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man.

The line is also part of Marvel’s own “Characters and Creators” initiative, which is targeting women and girls. (The new Ms. Marvel is an earlier example.)

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