Black History Month: A Time To Reflect On The Past And Hope For The Future

by Tito W. James

Representation for people of color in comics has been rocky in the past, and while there are still improvements to be made, I am extremely grateful for the amount of creativity and representation in the current comic book landscape.

I’m impressed by the number of new black characters in indie and mainstream comics. Creating black characters further creates opportunities for black actors in film adaptations.

There is also not just one version of blackness. Stories can range from the wholesome dramas to kickass action adventures.

With the box-office success of Black Panther and the upcoming Miles Morales Spider-Man movie, we have much to look forward to.

I have spoken about writing diverse characters before–and I encourage any creator writing or drawing a black character to bring their A-game. We need comics with people of color that are on par or superior to comics featuring Caucasians.

If you are a creator of color and still don’t see your story being told–please be the change you want to see in the industry. We need your voice and perspective.

Here’s to a bright future for dark skin!

Tito W. James

Tito W. James is a journalist writing for Comicon.com with a focus is on highlighting high quality independent content. His comics draw heavy influence from hand drawn animation and incorporate action and comedy into various genres.