CBS has a report about the Harlem-based Black Comic Book Festival at the Arthur Schomberg Center. I think it’s a great idea, but there’s one thing in this article that’s troubling, coming from one of the participants:
“It makes me feel comfortable coming here instead of going somewhere to a comic con and not being able to pick out something or a hero that looks like me,”
While I think specialty conventions like these have interesting advantages, I have to question the wisdom of saying only heroes who resemble or look like you matter, along with those who could be representing an ideology. After all, isn’t it the story merit that matters first? If somebody’s only going to take interest in a particular comic because they see themselves as member of a particular group in it, then this only compounds how meritocracies are being thrown out the window for the sake of identity politics. And demonstrates how the works of past veterans are being shunned for the same.
Which is a terrible shame, of course, showing the sad neglect society’s fallen into.
Originally published here.