BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: How Its Cancellation Exemplifies Big Comics’ Big Problem

BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: How Its Cancellation Exemplifies Big Comics’ Big Problem

As my colleague Murphy Leigh reported yesterday in an excellent piece, Marvel Comics has cancelled Black Panther & The Crew after only two issues, and Murphy’s piece makes a persuasive argument that both Marvel and the comics press (us here at Capeless included) could have done more to raise awareness of the title. But in this follow-up piece I’m going examine how the cancellation of Black Panther & The Crew exemplifies a particular problem Marvel’s currently…

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Black Widow and The Sidelining of Female Fans

Black Widow and The Sidelining of Female Fans

Where’s my Black Widow movie?! In an interview with Deadline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed some interesting information regarding the Avengers’ resident Russian super-spy. DEADLINE: You’ve got a bunch of characters in this movie from Falcon and War Machine and Black Widow and Hawkeye, who have so far guest starred in movies with another characters title above the fold. Is there one destined to get a solo movie down the line? FEIGE: We’ve announced the…

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Marvel Bets Big on BLACK PANTHER With New Merchandise Line

Marvel Bets Big on BLACK PANTHER With New Merchandise Line

With the release of the massive crossover film Captain America: Civil War just weeks away, Marvel Entertainment is going all-in with a huge push for Black Panther. Though much of the buzz about the upcoming film has been centered on the first appearance of a certain wall-crawling web-slinger in the MCU, one of the most exciting aspect of the film is the on-screen debut of T’Challa of Wakanda, also known as Black Panther. Marvel has…

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Dwayne McDuffie Diversity in Comics Award goes to Ms. Marvel

Dwayne McDuffie Diversity in Comics Award goes to Ms. Marvel

The Long Beach Expo took place this past weekend in Long Beach, California.  One award garnered quite a bit of attention.  This year the Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Diversity in Comics Award went to Ms. Marvel’s G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.  It’s fantastic to see a book featuring a Muslim get recognition in the comic book industry. Ms. Marvel features a 16-year-old Pakistani-American named Kamala Khan.  She is Marvel’s first Muslim to star in…

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FANTASTIC FOUR’s Michael B. Jordan Fires Back at Racist Outrage

FANTASTIC FOUR’s Michael B. Jordan Fires Back at Racist Outrage

When it comes to online flame wars, trolls and racists had better beware of the Human Torch himself, Michael B. Jordan. The outrage over his casting from certain dark corners of the internet was, sadly, quite predictable. The color-blind casting of an African-American actor (however talented that actor may be) as founding member Johnny Storm, was certain to draw the ire of purists who wanted to see the lily-white visual aesthetic of the 1961 comic…

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Nilah Magruder’s M.F.K. Wins Inaugural McDuffie Award for Diversity

Nilah Magruder’s M.F.K. Wins Inaugural McDuffie Award for Diversity

At a ceremony yesterday, the selection committee for the first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity announced the winner of this year’s award. M.F.K., a webcomic created by Nilah Magruder, was selected from among the field of of five finalists and presented with the award at Long Beach Comic Con in Long Beach, California. RELATED: Finalists for 1st Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award Announced  The award was presented by Charlotte McDuffie, the wife of the late Dwayne…

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Finalists for 1st Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award Announced

Finalists for 1st Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award Announced

The selection and award committee for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity has announced the finalists for 2015, selecting titles which showcase creators and characters who defy the stereotype of comic books as an industry dominated by straight white males in skin-tight suits and the similar-looking people who create them. The committee nominated five titles for contention: Dynamite’s Shaft by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely, KexComics’ Hex11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly…

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POINT OF ENTRY: Ms. Marvel Taking Diversity to Comics

POINT OF ENTRY: Ms. Marvel Taking Diversity to Comics

This review only covers issues one and two Have you ever been so impressed with a book that you immediately called up your Grandma to recommend it to her? (And no not just because you thought reading an enjoyable story about another race and faith would be good for her soul? :D) I did that with Ms. Marvel. The thing is, I think she will really enjoy it when I get down to my hometown…

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