Archive | February 2014

Black History Month: Characters We Should See More Of – Part III

Nightwing17 concludes his Black History Month superhero coverage. You can find the rest of it on either his blog or mine. Go check it out.

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tumblr_myi7fzNeZj1rlu163o1_500 It’s Black History Month here in the United States and with that in mind, I thought I’d do something to celebrate black characters in comics.

There are probably lots of best black superhero lists out there, but I don’t know that it’s terribly useful for one fallible comic reader to try to rank the diverse and varied black characters of comics (and I admit that the white part of me is not entirely sure that numbering African-Americans is the best way to celebrate the month). Instead I thought I would write up a list of black characters who aren’t being utilized as well as I think they deserve. Whether they’re minor characters who could be more or veritable icons who have lost their spark; whether they’re struggling to find their voice or simply not getting the screen-time they deserve, here’s my list of black comic characters who we should be…

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The Biggest Little Birdy Told Me: Author Pam Jones talks magical realism, writing, and the 60s

Hello, readers! Once again, I bring you a post that isn’t about banned books. However, I have a real treat in store today: an interview with author Pam Jones! Her first book, The Biggest Little Bird, was published by Black Hill Press and released in December 2013. You can read my review of it here.

The magical realism novella is hard to describe and fascinating to discuss, so without further ado, I bring you a writer’s thoughts on the amusement park’s place in literature, reinvented histories, writing majors, the murky underbelly of a bygone era, and the rollercoaster ride that is getting a book published. Read More…

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The Biggest Little Bird Cover

We interrupt your regularly scheduled banned book programming to bring you this special non-banned-book review. Some of you may remember fellow Hampshire alum Pam Jones from my post back in October of 2012. Her book, formerly self-published as Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor under the name Pam Hopkins, has since been picked up by Black Hill Press.

The new Black Hill edition, now titled The Biggest Little Bird, was published December 2013. I sat down with it last week and was swept up in a whirlwind of nostalgically seedy surrealism with a dash of the bizarre and a scoop of astute glimpses into the nature of ambition, guilt, and the so-called-innocence of childhood. Pam Jones was kind enough to let me interview her about the book, so be sure to check that out after.

The Biggest Little Bird is a magical realism novella set in the early 60s, as a new theme park, built upon a veritable Space Mountain of lies, is unveiled to an eager public. The book is shorter than the average novel, but the length alone is not what makes this a quick read. Read More…

Black History Month: Characters We Should See More Of – Part II

Nightwing17 brings us more characters we should see more of and, in the process, reminded me of a really great episode of Justice League Unlimited. Must go rewatch that now.

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storm vixen It’s Black History Month here in the United States and with that in mind, I thought I’d do something to celebrate black characters in comics.

There are probably lots of best black superhero lists out there, but I don’t know that it’s terribly useful for one fallible comic reader to try to rank the diverse and varied black characters of comics (and I admit that the white part of me is not entirely sure that numbering African-Americans is the best way to celebrate the month). Instead I thought I would write up a list of black characters who aren’t being utilized as well as I think they deserve. Whether they’re minor characters who could be more or veritable icons who have lost their spark; whether they’re struggling to find their voice or simply not getting the screen-time they deserve, here’s my list of black comic characters who we should be…

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Black History Month: Characters We Should See More Of – Part I

More from Nightwing17. If you liked the Honorable Mentions, here’s Part I. Fun fact: John Stewart first appeared in the infamous Green Lantern/Green Arrow team-up, which our older readers may remember from this review.

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African_American_Superheroes_by_GreeneLantern It’s Black History Month here in the United States and with that in mind, I thought I’d do something to celebrate black characters in comics.

There are probably lots of best black superhero lists out there, but I don’t know that it’s terribly useful for one fallible comic reader to try to rank the diverse and varied black characters of comics (and I admit that the white part of me is not entirely sure that numbering African-Americans is the best way to celebrate the month). Instead I thought I would write up a list of black characters who aren’t being utilized as well as I think they deserve. Whether they’re minor characters who could be more or veritable icons who have lost their spark; whether they’re struggling to find their voice or simply not getting the screen-time they deserve, here’s my list of black comic characters who we should be…

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Black History Month: Characters We Should See More Of – Honorable Mentions.

Hey, readers. I know I just reblogged something else from Nightwing17, but hey! How am I supposed to say no to Elisa Maza of Gargoyles AND Tia and Zari of Supurbia? If you don’t know who these awesome ladies are, let Nightwing17 introduce you.

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black_history_month_superhero_by_anoma_lee-d5tsb7b It’s February, and that means that it’s Black History Month here in the United States. Whether you’re excited about it, indifferent to it, or upset by it, Black History Month is valuable as a time set aside to remember the impact that people of African descent have had on history, hopefully a supplement to their presence during the rest of the year.

With that in mind, I thought I’d do something to celebrate black characters in comics. There are probably lots of best black superhero lists out there, but I don’t know that it’s terribly useful for one fallible comic reader to try to rank the diverse and varied black characters of comics (and I admit that the white part of me is not entirely sure that numbering African-Americans is the best way to celebrate the month). Instead I thought I would write up a list of black characters who…

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Am I Ms. Marvel?

Frequent readers will no doubt remember friend of the blog and my friendly neighborhood comic book expert, Nightwing17. In addition to his blog, which you should totally follow, he writes for Weekly Comic Book Review and covered the recent (and mildly controversial) Ms. Marvel for them. He followed up his regular review of the issue with his personal thoughts on an American superhero of South Asian descent. It’s well-worth the read, so go check it out.

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When I heard that there was going to be a new Muslim Ms. Marvel, I raced to my e-mail and requested it on WCBR. To be honest, I’m not completely sure why. You can find my review of the series here, but, if you’ll forgive some navel gazing, I wanted to take a moment to put down some more personal thoughts.

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