Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NPR Tackles Diversity In Comics

Diversity in Geekdom: Comic Books
Miles Morales, the current Marvel Ultimates' Spider-Man. Image courtesy of Marvel Comics Group.
NPR's Daisy Rosario has a great series runinng in Latino USA on NPR called "Diversity In Geekdom". This installment covers comic books and the comic book fandom. From the podcast description:
There’s a really interesting conversation happening about comic books and diversity. And it’s largely happening online. Producer Daisy Rosario takes us to Special Edition NYC, a comic book convention, to talk to fans and creators and bring you an overview of just how the conversation is shaping up. People who already follow comics are likely very aware, but for the people who maybe see the movies and don’t know much else, this is a chance to hear it right out of the mouths of the people who are living this. As is true in other art forms, such as film and music, there are a lot of diverse creators making their work independently and with smaller companies. But we are focusing on well-known superhero comics, the type that have a greater reach, for the purposes of this story. First we meet some fans. Then we talk to David Marquez, the artist who draws Miles Morales aka Ultimate Spider-Man. Later we meet Rachel Edidin, former comic book editor for Dark Horse Comics. She is also a writer, podcaster and pop culture journalist who has covered comics, as well as other topics for Wired magazine and more. 

Hell of a lineup, and a great listen besides. The first part of the podcast series is available here, and also features some bonus segments with David Brothers of Image Comics.

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