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Monday, February 20, 2023 

Black cartoonist/historian on influence of the medium

Scripps News interviewed Joel Christian Gill, a cartoonist who's researched Black history in comicdom as a medium, and has written a few books about it:
Black history in comic books is so much more than the modern-day success of "Black Panther."

In 1942, during the Golden Age of comics, cartoonist Jay Jackson created the character of Speed Jaxon to advocate for inclusion and equality. Five years later, the publisher All-Negro Comics debuted its first and only issue illustrated and written solely by Black artists.

Decades later, a group of Black comic book veterans started Milestone Media, introducing readers to superheroes like Static Shock, Icon, Rocket and Hardware.
Well see, there have been examples, classic and recent, of Black artists and characters they've created, in history. Something the most stidently PC crowd surely still refuses to acknowledge. And if Jackson created his character inclusion and equality, it was a reflection of a time where it mattered. Today, whenever the SJWs in charge of the mainstream do it, it's only for the sake of PC quotas and checking boxes according to superficial beliefs and ideological pandering, not because they believe in merit to make the product worth reading.
Gill's work now also includes an exhibit on the history and power of comics as a "medium, not a genre" at Boston University.

It includes decades of work from Black artists, with a statement from comic book publisher and DC Comics veteran Joseph Ilidge that reads: "Every comic book we finish and hurl into the world is a culmination of our hope."
Considering what an ideologue Ilidge is, I'm honestly disappointed he gets citation here. What good does it do to highlight somebody who goes by laughable leftist beliefs?
Today, Gill says he wants to use his platform to create more space in the comic book industry for marginalized voices and, ultimately, help more readers feel seen.
That's completely fine, but I hope he doesn't buy into the narrative of doing it all at the expense of entertainment value, and doesn't think it's mandatory to check diversity boxes. That's something this article, unsurprisingly, won't raise clearly, yet it's become the norm to be that way today.

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