Afrofuturism is on the Radar once again, and this time we explore its relationship to Cyberpunk, a related Science Fiction genre.
Cyberpunk is a…
I think we have to get out here and create great comics period.
1. Research how to do it by reading books and videos
2. Create A business plan and marketing plan
3. Organize a team
4. Do the work to make your physical product. Story and Art
5. Execute the plan and sell, sell, sell!
I see it happening all of the time. It's not getting reported like it should but it is happening.
We host black themed comic conventions (held one a few months ago) and we promote black comic companies. www.afrofuturismnet.com
Black comic companies must maintain control of their products, promote, promote, promote! Trust me Marvel and DC recognize the dollars that black comics bring and will continue to attempt to pull readers away from black comic companies. These books are growing in popularity.
I myself am not black (stating it up front) but I see the lack of...let's call it "black-narrative" comics as something that is not going to be resolved by DC / Marvel conglomerates any more than it gets resolved by Hollywood. Here are my reasons why.
I think that there are 2 things that really matter (in my opinion).
(A) Comics that are written from the personal perspective of a black person in the storyline.
DC / Marvel is not-so-great about personal perspective, it's too deep for their reader base. Don't get me wrong, it would be a good thing for it to happen - but when the character(s) have skin-deep personas (and a lot of them are just that) attempting a deeper narrative is outside their skillset.
Even in the case of Spawn, which is step forward, his experiences as anti-superhero lose connection to his humanity pretty quick. The ability to present black perspective (not that I consider myself an expert on ANYTHING of the sort) is unlikely because super hero genres don't support complex character makeup very well. They're too caught up on who the next guy getting punched in the face. Yes, I'll admit that I'm pretty opinionated about that.
(B) The editor / publisher / manager / decision-maker needs to be black, regardless of who is in the trenches.
Whether the author(s) / artist(s) / inker(s) are white or black or pink with purple polka-dots is not as important as WHO IS PRESSING THE BUTTONS. I mean, who is the editor and publisher that makes the final call. Russell Simmons said this in an interview very effectively and I wholeheartedly agree with his perspective.
In the end, I think they're going to focus only on what they can cash in on. Call it comic black-sploitation if you like, but $$$ count more to DC / Marvel than what would actually support the notion of black (or non-white for that matter) narrative at all.
What I would like to see is afrocentric comics being RUN by black people. That is the only (in my humble opinion) to actually get non-white narrative into the comic genre in any meaningful way in the long run, regardless of who's penning the thing.
Sorry if I came on too strong. Apologies in advance in case I overdid it.
My first time in the forum and this question really connected with me.
On a personal note, I am working on a comic of my own that showcases several black characters (as well as others) with a focus on making the personas believable, not "perfect", and tries to address people as people. I know what a struggle it is going to be to make sure I'm being honest, and would be glad to get extremely critical (as long as it's constructive) feedback about black characters, which is one of the reasons I joined the society.
Support the book at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1259192232/book-one-armed-ange...
This implies we do not already shine. The path and process of the growing Black Age movement and genre is partly why the mainstream is doing more with its characters of color. As more of us buy indie Black Age products and brag with swag about attending Black Age events we will grow in all matters of creativity, culture and commerce.
Black Characters in the mainstream is like getting all of your Black music from Elvis or Vanilla Ice.
There is a huge untapped market out there. This is about serious competition. Being proud and positive is dealing in legal Black-Money!