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The Need for More Diversity
"How Diverse are Comics and Grphic Novels?" From School Library Journal
"When it comes to diversity, it often seems like comics and graphic novels exist in two parallel universes: Superhero comics and everything else. While the first has a long way to go in terms of diversity, graphic novels are seeing a broader range of authors and characters, and that trend is growing." (From linked article)
"We’re Just Getting Started: Merely Existing in Comics Isn’t The Same As Being Represented"
"It would be difficult to argue that representation in entertainment has not become an increasingly hot-button topic in the last few years; despite the general reticence of the largest comic book publishers to adapt and change as reader demands do, they haven’t been left out of those conversations." (From linked article text)
"It's Time to Get Real About Racial Diversity in Comics" from Wired
"'Diversity of every sort—racial diversity, gender diversity, acknowledging minority sexualities—is experiencing an explosion of recognition and representation in comics,”' says C. Spike Trotman, creator of the long-running webcomic Templar, Arizona.
But as the faces on the pages popular comic books have steadily grown more diverse, the hiring practices of publishers haven’t necessarily kept pace. While there are certainly more minority creators earning bylines than there were a decade ago, the editors and creators of mainstream comics remain overwhelmingly Caucasian—a demographic imbalance that has sparked increasingly loud discussions about what diversity really means and where it matters." (From linked article text)
29 Places to #ExploreBlackComics
Websites, facebook groups, and other places online to discover comic books and graphic novels that represent diverse characters and creators with a focus on black individuals.
Female Superhero Representation in Comics
"Black Widow. Wonder Woman. Scarlet Witch. Cat Woman. These might be some of the characters that come to mind when asked to think about female superheroes. Now, think about what they’re wearing." (From Website)