I asked a comic creator to put his picture on the back of his comics. Instantly, he overstood what I was thinking. He knew how inspirational it would be to young African American children to see other Africans creating the comics they enjoyed.
In the 90s there was a renaissance of African American content creation. Several comicbook companies emerged. ANIA, the Association of Black Comic Book Publishers (See my interview with ANIA co-founder Roosevelt Pitt) sold one million copies of their titles and was the fifteenth largest comicbook publisher on the planet. What happened to the renaissance?
Some of the top talent was pouched by well paying white-owned companies. The support Black consumers began to dry up. Now, here we are in 2017 amid another renaissance, will we learn the lessons of the 90s?
If you own it, the diversity argument becomes moot. You've won before the battle started. Put down your signs and hashtags. Create and support other African American content creators. Take power. – Johnthan Soul (c) 2017
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