Sana Amanat, an editor at Marvel for Ms.Marvel, Elektra, Captain Marvel, and New Warriors, gave a TED-talk worth checking out at the Fifth Tedx Teen Conference. Ms. Amanat’s speech, “Myths, Misfits and Masks” focused on the positive effects comic books can have on the self-image of teenagers of all backgrounds.
She tells the story of growing up as a young Muslim and short comic book nerd trying to fit into American culture. Telling of her shock after finding herself on the “outside” after 9-11, she describes the way that Marvel’s comics, which often depict the roles of outsiders accomplishing great things, gave her some sense of belonging.
She explores the Mirror Neuron Theory (here’s some of the scientific backing if you are interested) in terms of understanding where stereotypes come from and how reading comics and other works of art can help us redefine ourselves in relation to these stereotypes.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read Ms.Marvel as it isn’t required reading for understanding her talk, but where’ve you been? It’s only like the most popular comic out there. So popular that Marvel had to go to a second printing for issue #2. Here, let poppa Jesse help you out with a free promo from Marvel. Enter the code TEEN at the Marvel online store to receive FREE copies of not only “Ms. Marvel #1,” but also “Nova #1,” “New Warriors #1,” and the “All New X-Men #1.” I mean, as someone who paid four dollars for all those comics I can say that deal is a steal. But you have to hurry because the promotion only lasts until March 31, so get your copies fast and check out the speech by the talented Sana Amanat in the link below.