So this Sunday, My little comic book group is meeting at the Manhattan Library to talk with some artists about joining up with us as well as payment options. Our art director did a great job of getting these folks together. Regardless to whether or not they join us full time or work freelance they're valuable contacts and have shown an interest in our endeavor. So it stand's to reason that we may very well be getting new members sooner or later. Either way the dream of launching a company is that much closer and with each ally and resource we become closer to the dreams we had in our promise years.
So I was on the vine checking out battles as usual and I came across a name I don't hear often. That name was Bronze Tiger and I was thinking DC's answer to BP lemme check him out again. So I went in search of his profile and some recommended reading about him and he doesn't have his own book. OK fine he ain't the only character who doesn't and I won't go into why and such cause I'll start to sound like a broken record. But then I read his bio and said well crap why doesn't he have a comic I mean his life was interesting enough and his romance with Vixen could be rekindled, which would be dope. Then I wondered why he and Vixen never got together and thought maybe it would be a good idea but It'll never be explored again. Then i ran up against this interesting article by journalist and comic fan David Brothers, he responded to a quote about representations of heroes of color (This is where I start the Broken Record thing) He mentioned that the lack of heroes of color in comic books being based on the fact that people of color (black,brown, yellow, red ect) make up the minority doesn't make any sense cause if that were the case more heroes of color would marry and other people of color. That got me thinking how many heroes of color get married other people of color (Excluding everyone's favorite T'challa and Ororo) I couldn't really think of any. Now people might say things about me after this thread and I welcome them to it as long as they say it to my face and have evidence to back it up. Now I'm gonna use black people as my load stone because heaven forbid I speak about another group and make a mistake, however this goes for other groups as well is it to much to ask to see one more couple that look like me and my girl or you and your partner (other person of color reading this)? Then again i should probably shut up about this cause I won't get anywhere until I plot the destination myself. Anyway it's been fun.
Aight so i just picked up three of the re-released Milestone comics trade paper backs (Static, Hardware and Icon). Upon reading I was thinking wow they had a really good thing going here not only do I like reading this, I'd love to write it. Upon DC's transportation of the Milestone characters into the universe proper (New Earth) I wondered when the hell are they gonna give these guys their books back? After reading somethings about Gail Simone' s desire to use Rocket( I think she would do great with the character) and Geoff Johns previous desire to use Static on the Teen Titans before he was introduced on the team, I started to think that something strange was going on. Here we have a universe of heroes (and not just the black ones) as diverse as they come (Look at the Donner and Blitzen) folks from all walks of life fighting for the greater good, people who allow a connection from any fan of comics, where ever you are from and no one gets any shine. I have to wonder why is that? So I look towards Marvel the house of ideas and say oh they have heroes I can relate to right here, Luke Cage, Dr.Voodoo, Night Thrasher ect. Upon closer inspection, i realize that none of these people have their own comic books (Dr. Voodoo's book just got canceled) So if i wanted to read about any of these guys I'd have to buy a team book, with other heroes i may or may not care about. Not to mention the most prominent among them is a ex-con turned hero (Although Luke was framed.) and a tin plated step-and-fetch-it (Thank you Rodey) who display the two ends of the black stereotype the 'thug' and the 'sell-out'. Sorry I'm not that cut and dry and most of the people i know aren't that way either, I relate more to Dr Voodoo (again series canceled) or Patriot (Young Avengers) who I'd love to see more of, Or maybe Falcon if he was made more interesting on his own as opposed to being Cap's best friend, and when are they bringing Adam the Blue Marvel back? Now I'm not going to bash the house of ideas anymore because they are on point (I love their Black Panther stuff and while i am not yet the king of a nation, i someday wish to be thanks to T'Challa) I'd just like to see a few more brotha's with books or at least one. (I know sales have something to do with it too) So i return to DC, It's safe to assume that many little children know Static Shock via the animated series so i suppose we can also assume that said little children have or will grow up and might be inclined to buy the comic in single issue form ( Because he's the non bitch version of Spidey) I mean give at least one person of color with a comic (You just killed Ryan Choi, give someone something ) And before we get into the fact that the current Azreal is black and has his own book, let me paraphrase both my brother Kerry and a sports caster who referenced OJ Simpson, The man is black in color only, he will rarely meet with black characters and even rarer will he deal with issues that plague the black community. (Not talking about drug dealers, I mean the Willie Lynch syndrome, if you don't know what it is look it up.) I write this because I'm angry and have nothing better to do than create my own character and hope my artist friends have the time and commitment to draw them. I'd like to thank Dwayne McDuffie and Kevin Gervioux for creating and writing these characters ( You guys give a young brotha hope.) Thank you that is all.
I'm sooo hyped about this, I was really afraid they'd sh*t on T'Challa after Doom war but they've given him a new spin, which I think is good. When i first saw it I thought why? But remembering where he is from and the traditions and customs A warriors journey is not unheard of. I just want to see where this goes. Welcome Back T'Challa. Start the Conversation
As a kid i would always debate my friends on who could beat who in comics. Having been on the battle threads for a bit I decided I wanted to attempt to build the best battle thread I could one that would get a good rousing debate going especially with characters I know very little about so I could learn about them. Then I'd probably make a best of battles thread but that's later. I like comic book battles there just more flight of fancy made somewhat real in the collective consciousness of fans. I can't wait till one day the characters I created are the subject of a heated battle debate. That'll be the day. Well here's to the future.
So I had this idea. Someone mentioned a troll war being started on one of the battle threads. And i got to thinking would it be a stupid idea to create a troll war battle thread? just for fun? Anyway I'll wait till someone says something about it before starting it. Peace.
Not to long ago i mentioned i was writing a comic book for the comic book company my friends and I are creating. The book is called the Geist, I've already completed five scripts and am working on the sixth. Issue Five started a new story arc called "The Reaving" In which our hero the Geist encounters another champion like himself named the Reaver, who seems to have control over his density. If anyone cares for more updates. I'll be posting real ones soon. LOL
So I'm writing this comic book called the Geist. I got the copyrights in not to long ago. It's about a young man named Marcus Ripley whose family has a legacy of totemic beings that protect their dwellings (home towns or cities) They originate from Africa but Marcus live in America. I've written five issues so far and my friends and i have started up a comic book company kind of (We're not a legal company yet) And we're scouting out artists so we can launch our books. Mine is the farthest along so it will probably go out first.