Series: Building Community

Building Community: MariNaomi on Community, Necessity, and Forgiveness

MariNaomi is an indie cartoonist and artist specializing in memoir. When we spoke, she was touring her latest book, Dragon’s Breath and Other Stories. The book collects a series of stories, first published on the Rumpus as Smoke In Your Eyes. The book “explores a wide spectrum of topics including youthful rebellion, mortality, disillusionment and compassion.” In 2015, her graphic memoir about working in illegal hostess bars, Turning Japanese will be published by 2D Cloud. MariNaomi’s illustration and comics have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The Big Feminist Butt and Anything That Loves, (both of which we’ve covered) and she has contributed to the LadyDrawers....

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#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics Panel at Special Edition: NYC

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 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...

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