Continuing to prove that “Every month is Black Comics Month,” Dean “Tee” Vixen will be moderating the Diversity in Comics panel at this weekend’s Special Edition: NYC convention.
#BlackComicsMonth got its start in February 2015 when Vixen started the hashtag to coincide with Black History Month. As the hashtag found traction, she realized that 28 days weren’t enough to spotlight black comic creators and characters and launched BlackComicsMonth.com with the message that “Every month is Black Comics Month.”
This weekend’s panel features creators Greg Pak, Valentine De Landro, Alitha E. Martinez, Che Grayson, Kim Gaines and Skuds McKinley. The discussion with writers and artists will focus on the representation of minorities in comics and the comics industry.
As a special bonus, a huge comics giveaway is planned for panel attendees. Over 350 comics featuring ethnically diverse creators and characters have been donated by a wide variety of publishers and independent creators. If you can’t make it to the panel, you can still celebrate by scoring some deals on comics.
Dark Horse Comics, a sponsor for #BlackComicsMonth, has released Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 as a free download for the month of June. The comic features art from the talented black creator, Georges Jeanty, who has also worked on titles such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer for Dark Horse, Bishop: The Last X-man for Marvel, and Green Lantern for DC Comics.
Indirectly related to #BlackComicsMonth, the new Humble Bundle for IDW/Top Shelf Productions includes the acclaimed March: Book One, the story of civil rights activist, John Lewis, who went from Alabama sharecropper to U.S. Congressman.