The Comic Book Biz Has To Do Better And Changes I Had To Personally Make.
The bigger publishers of comics must do a better job of repping for people of color and minorities, on the page and production side.
I don’t have the clout or power that the editors of the bigger comic book pubs have, but I was able to make a comic (CASH & CARRIE, currently on Kickstarter) with a diverse squad.
Character/Creator diversity in comics is not hard to do. But when we try to bring this up to most “pro” creators/editors, they may deflect or they get waaaaaaaaaaaaaay into their feelings for something they don’t own and take it personal as if they’re being personally attacked.
The truth of the matter is that all we are looking for are answers why the comic book game shuts people of color and minorities out frequently.
The comic book business is very toxic, and filled with toxic, insecure people. There are some folks in the game that want to make progressive changes within the industry, but even the “change” they’re trying to do is a trickle when compared to other forms of business over the last 50 years.
I sincerely understand why many creative Black people don’t fuck with the comics business. It’s severely stress inducing.
And when you think about it, the amount of stress, racism, passive racism, and good ol’ boy systems just to work for a big pub
for rates that may not reflect what you really need to earn in order to live is WACK. You can’t always just do something for the love.
You can’t. I’ve tried.
You have to be able to eat. You have to be able to pay bills. You have to be able to live and be balanced.
But since the comic book market crash of the 90s, the game has been tough for many.
But for Black folks the shit is like The Great Depression.
Creating CASH & CARRIE is a small, but important step for me personally. It removed a lot of the toxicity of the comic business. I found happiness.
It was pretty easy to find and collaborate with these wonderful people on the debut CASH & CARRIE comic book:
Giulie Speziani - Writer
Penny Candy Studios - Main Artist/Cover Artist/Designer
Fellipe Martins - Pinup Art
Jared Sams - Pinup Art
Laurie Skelton - Pinup Art
Mariana Costa - Pinup Art
Shauna Grant - Variant Cover Artist
Jay Reed - Variant Cover Artist
Justin Castaneda - Variant Cover Artist
Anthony “Trill League” Piper - Variant Cover Artist
Andy Jewett - Pinup Art
Carl Yonder - Pinup Art
Justin Stewart - Pinup Art
Kenny Keil - Pinup Art
Michael J Hall - Pinup Art
Me - Creator/Editor
Character and creator diversity in comics is not a difficult thing to do. If I can do it, they can.
The question is do they want to though?
I know for me there will be times that I’ll have a comic with a diverse team, and there will be times that it may not happen.
But at least I’m trying to be diverse though. These are multi-million pubs who celebrate when they have ONE book with diverse creatives.
Some of you may agree/disagree with what I’m tweeting. It’s all right. I should have said this years ago. No more holding toxic stuff in.
But when I see the responses that the CASH & CARRIE Kickstarter has had, I know that the path I’m taking now is the right one.
I’m out. Have a good night. Hit me up if Marvel ever puts a Black person on the “Lando” comic creative team.
Support those who are actually making a legit attempt to make diverse books.