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Are There Really No Black Writers in Mainstream Comics Today?

Written by Jude Terror on Tuesday, February 05 2013 and posted in News with Benefits
Are There Really No Black Writers in Mainstream Comics Today?

An editorial making the rounds says there aren't, and wonders why no one seems to care.

Source: ComicsAlliance

Joseph Hughes at ComicsAlliance posted an editorial yesterday bringing attention to the issue:

There is currently not a single black writer working on a monthly series for either of the two biggest comic book publishers in the United States, and precious few working for any of the others.

And yet, this fact has hardly been discussed recently, in the way some other diversity issues are. So what happened, exactly? Why is it that we no longer seem to care about this as much as we once did? Where has our outrage gone?

A shocking accusation, but is it true? Well, Heidi MacDonald tweeted the article, which is how we found it, and if Heidi endorses something, that's good enough of an excuse for us to avoid doing any work to verify it. Rich Johnston reported on it as well, but that hasn't changed our mind.

As to the second part, the idea that people are outraged less about this than they are about The Big Bang TheoryDoctor Spiderpuss, or snarky articles on D-List comic book websites? Well, to that, this reporter would point out that there's only so much outrage that can go around. The comic book community dedicates a very large portion of its time to being outraged. There's not an unlimited supply of the stuff. Just like The United States can't feed starving people when we're spending too much money on war and missiles, comic book fans can't be outraged about racism when they've put all their energy into being mad that cosplayers don't get the respect they deserve as serious artists.

Anyway, this isn't about what I think. Go and read the article at ComicsAlliance, and then post your own thoughts below in the Facebook comments or at the Discuss on Forum link.


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About the Author - Jude Terror

Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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