Marvel has announced at San Diego Comic Con, that they will have their first black female comic book writer… ever!
Roxane Gay is currently writing a collection of Short Stories called Difficult Women, and has written several novels, including one called An Untamed State that will have a movie adaptation released in 2017. Regardless of the projects on her plate, she asserted that she could not turn down the opportunity to work on this book. She stated:
“The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that.”
Gay will be teaming up with Ta-Nehisi Coates for a separate story in Marvel’s current Black Panther run.
This is huge and deeply important for crafting Radical Black Imaginations for youth as well as adults. Representation always matters. Shout out to Marvel for taking steps to diversify their staff as well as their heros.
Kid finds out that when puberty begins for them they get super powers.
Problem is, the super power they have changes from day to day.
Not a 24 hour cycle, more a “when you wake up after sleeping” type deal.
So every time they wake up they have a new power, which they have no idea what it is until they use it and have very little control or mastery over the skill.
Monday, wake up with Hydrokinesis. Accidentally “wet the bed” with water powers. Parent comes in, sees bed is wet, kid is embarrassed.
Next day, Tuesday, wake up with Pheromone Manipulation. Now dorky un-popular kid magically has become the most admired person in school only to lose it on…
Wednesday! Wakes up with giant bird wings (eg - Archangel) and has to wear a large trench-coat to cover them up, making the kid look incredibly suspicious to everyone which makes all the progress of “being cool” they made the day before completely disappear.
There is a potential for repeat powers, which would probably be a blessing or a curse depending on the power.
Once the character reached the end of puberty, they would be allowed to choose one of the powers they had used to be their only ability throughout the rest of their life…or choose to have no powers and go back to living a normal life like they did before it all started.
“I wanted to recreate this look from her Blond Ambition Tour because it’s maybe her most recognizable one, and at that time it was incredibly provocative. I loved the way she mixed extremely feminine lingerie with masculine elements like suiting, playing with traditional symbols of gender.”
“When I was little, we would play Spice Girls in school, and I always wanted to be Ginger — but my friends would always tell me I had to be Scary because I was black. It was upsetting for me as a 6-year-old, but as I got older I started to think, Why would I want to be anyone other than Scary? Scary is clearly the best Spice Girl!”
“When I was growing up, Wonder Woman was on in the afternoons. In the summertime, I would go into the woods near my house and pretend to be her; so I have this spiritual affinity for Lynda Carter’s interpretation of that character. It wasn’t until I grew up that I found out about the sociopolitical history and feminist elements of the show; as a kid, I was just attracted to how a human being could be both so powerful and so glamorous at the same time.”
“Like Grace Jones, I’m an artist; I work in fashion, music, acting, drama, and writing, all to take my feelings and translate them into something that will change the social stigma around black, queer, fat bodies. To wear this little clothing in the skin I’m in, I feel, is a strong statement.”
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