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Harassment In Comics: Enough is Enough

Harassment In Comics: Enough is Enough

Originally published April 27, 2016. When is this shit going to stop being tolerated in comics? Harassment. Abuse. Gatekeeping. Misogyny. Bigotry. Racism. Homophobia. Intolerance. These are words we see far too much in the world of comic books. Since Comicosity was founded in 2012, the instances of abuse reported throughout the industry have been too

The Benefit of Time: Thoughts on the Occasion of Kamala Khan’s 50th Issue

Kamala Khan, the superhero known as Ms. Marvel, just experienced a significant milestone: her 50th solo issue. Since her debut four years ago, Kamala has gone from being one of the new characters whose fate was unclear to a new addition to Marvel’s superhero pantheon. Even her creators and most devoted fans initially thought she

Hated, Feared, and Scared: The Narrative Fail of THE X-MEN

Hate has never been more in vogue than it has been in 2017. Without getting political, just take a quick gander at your favorite news outlet and within seconds you’ll see blistering headlines of social, racial, and economic divide. Whether it’s political rallies that turn deadly, unspeakable violence in the name of heinous ideologies —

Mary Jane, Mary Sue, and the Rise of Forever Carlyle

Hey, describe Mary Jane Watson for me. Should be easy enough, she’s been around since 1965. That’s over 50 years of Spider-Man storylines to draw from! Go on, I’ll wait. Got an answer? It’s probably a small-paragraph in length, right? Nice job. Now take that small, fully-functional paragraph and remove the words “Spider-Man,” “red hair,”

Send in the Hoods: DEATHSTROKE, NIGHTHAWK, and the State of Violence in Chicago

If you could choose, would you want to live in Metropolis or Gotham City? Here’s the thing. I live in both. Chicago is the template for both of those iconic cities in recent films (The Dark Knight and Man of Steel), but rarely seen just as itself in comic book form, and even less frequently when

Let Our Voices Ring: Blackness in the Comics Industry

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to focus in on the Blackness of the comics industry. As of late, we’re getting stories and events that are both socially relevant and a direct mirror of what’s happening outside. From Nighthawk fighting corrupt Chicago policemen to Captain America: Sam Wilson (as he’s now known) defending

Nevertheless, She Persisted: 20 Women Standing the Test of Time

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. Without even realizing it, one U.S. Senator took words meant to be condescendingly sexist and dismissively racist, and produced an apt and concise definition of feminism for the entire country to see. Far be it from us, particularly in this month honoring Black History

MS. MARVEL: Reflecting on Kamala Khan, Part 2

This column is the second part in a two-part series. You can find part 1 here. So, Kamala Khan is a young character whose comic has been a big hit. So what? How has she changed anything at Marvel directly? I believe that Kamala’s sales, sales which were fueled by Kamala’s young character and youthful

MS. MARVEL: Reflecting on Kamala Khan, Part 1

Marvel Comics has had a unique variety of female superheroes among its ranks, but the iconic persona of Ms. Marvel has been one with a unique history going back to the late 60s. Originally, Ms. Marvel was a persona that was adopted by Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force officer. While Danvers and her title

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