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.
POWER & MAGIC is a comics anthology about queer witches of color for teens and adults ages 14-and-up. The book is over 160 pages long, black and white, and contains 15 original stories blending fantasy, drama, humor, and romance.
On January 27th, I asked if any women of color out there were interested in making comics about queer witches of color, an archetype near and dear to me… The answer was a resounding yes. POWER & MAGIC is brought to you by a team of 17 women, demigirls, and bigender creators of color.
The witch is an icon of power. She represents transcendence, healing, insight, defiance, feminine monstrosity, and a sacred relationship to the self, the community, and the universe. From the euphoria of holding the stars in your grasp, to the sacrifices we make to reach them, POWER & MAGIC explores what it means to be a person of power in all its complexity.
After 7 months of hard work to complete the anthology, we’re ready for your orders! Every dollar we raise here on Kickstarter goes toward covering print costs, paying the creators, and rewarding you with limited-edition extras and ever-increasing book quality! Read below to learn more about our backer rewards and about our system for paying creators.
POWER & MAGIC is edited by Joamette Gil, a queer Afro-Cuban cartoonist and founder of P&M Press. You can learn more about P&M Press, our mission, and our journey at PowerAndMagicPress.com.
RAIN is an independent short film about Ororo Munroe (the “punk” incarnation).
Many fans have been waiting for a Storm stand-alone film featuring Ororo as a complex character with her own story.
Created by and starring Maya G. @mayastormx - we finally have a superhero story told from the heart and POV of a woman of color.
Dark and emotional, but ultimately uplifting and bad-ass, RAIN is an electrifying treat not just for comic book fans but for anyone who can appreciate a powerful story of personal transformation and resurrection.
As a woman, especially a woman of color, it’s funny how Hollywood wants to put you in a box and that box is labeled ‘maid’ or ‘pregnant’ or that box is labeled ‘just a girlfriend’ or ‘a slut’. Women are so much more than that, and it’s not even like, ‘Oh, women are stronger these days’. No. Women have always been strong; women have been capable and able and amazing at life. It’s just now, Hollywood’s finally catching up to the norm and waking up(…). We need to see examples of empowerment, because when we see that … it seems like that’s the norm.
Lindsey Morgan on sexism in Hollywood and why we need more characters like Raven Reyes, the flawless space genius (x)
Next season of Supergirl is going to be lit. Not only will
the DC television universe’s brand new Superman be making an appearance,
we now have a Miss Martian — and she’s black! Sharon Leal will
play M’gann M’orzz.
It was just announced at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Miss Martian is an iconic character in the DC Comics universe. Her
character is the niece of Martian Manhunter, played by David Harewood.
Her powers are extremely strong, consisting of superhuman strength and
stamina, flight, shape-shifting and regeneration, as well as telekinetic
and other psychic abilities. She’s nothing to mess with, fam. The
character has never been featured in DC live-action project before, so
to have a black woman play her out the gate is incredible.
If you weren’t excited for the next season of Supergirl,
it might be time to go ahead and set your DVR. This is going to be a
season to remember. First we got a black Kid Flash, and now we have a
black Miss Martian. What a time to be a blerd.
Season 2 of Supergirl will air on the CW at 8 pm on Monday, October 10th.
If you haven’t seen RAIN yet, correct that.
This is 23 minutes of awesome you truly need in your life.
Fans have long been hungry for a Storm stand-alone film featuring Ororo Munroe as a complex, independent character rather than the token in the background.
Writer/performer Maya Glick @mayastormx set out to make that happen with this deeply emotional, powerfully bad-ass tribute to the Wind Rider.
Gritty and dark but ultimately uplifting, RAIN is a rare treat not just for comic book fans but for anyone who might relate to a story of personal transformation and resurrection.
Support this film and others like it to send the message that these kinds of characters and their stories matter.
So…it’s been a while since I’ve done a cosplay shoot. I believe the last one was my animated series Harley Quinn cosplay in January 2015. I took some time off to focus on my mind and body and now I’m feeling confident again and happy to work on some new content.
This was probably my favorite costume to create and wear. I’ve been playing roller derby since 2010 and have wanted to portray this version of Harley since the moment I saw the preview artwork. Anyway, I’ll stop babbling, I hope you enjoy!
Cosplay: Harley Quinn (New 52)
Model: Shreddy Krueger (follow me on instagram @shreddy.krueger)
Exclusive: Marvel’s New Iron Man Will Be Known As…Ironheart!
Last month we learned that Tony Stark would be stepping down as Iron Man, and bequeathing his role to Riri Williams, a young science prodigy who had fashioned her own version of Starks’s Iron Man suit. Now, in a WIRED exclusive, Marvel has revealed that when Williams officially steps into the role this November, she’ll be known as Ironheart.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stefano Caselli have teamed up to create Ironheart’s beginning in this fall’s Invincible Iron Man #1. While Williams and Stark have recently met in the current run of Invincible Iron Man, the new volume will serve as the official transition into Riri’s Stark-sanctioned heroism.
The new character name, Bendis says, came out of a group discussion with editors.“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” he says. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”
Williams, who enrolled at MIT at 15, reverse-engineered a suit of power armor in her dorm room—but that doesn’t mean Stark won’t be part of the Iron Man ethos: Riri’s in-armor A.I. will based on Tony’s own personality. “Regardless of where he might be physically,” says Tom Breevort, who’s editing the series, “he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”
Ironheart is yet another signal—along with Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Jane Foster as the new Thor, and Amadeus Cho as the Hulk—that Marvel is moving toward a more inclusive universe. And as with so many of those mantle-passings, the original announcement that an African-American woman would replace Tony Stark led to a backlash from the Internet’s comment sectioneers, as well as a separate conversation about the importance of who’s actually telling the stories. But for most, Williams taking the suit has been a celebration. As Bendis told Time earlier this year, “We never had a meeting saying, ‘We need to create this character.’ It’s inspired by the world around me and not seeing that represented enough in popular culture.”
Either way, the cover art of Williams in her suit—along with its variant cover above, depicting Williams admiring her own handiwork—looks great. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if Bendis can tell an Ironheart story as great as the ones he’s given Tony Stark over the years.