Celebrating Minnesota’s Only ‘Black-Owned’ Comic Shop

CBS-4 in Minnesota interviewed Eric Childs, owner of a specialty store in Burnsville. He makes an important point lost upon the PC crowd of modern times:

 

The store is located at 200 East Travelers Trail #105 and is the only Black-owned comic book store in Minnesota. In additional to comic book classics, Childs offers graphic novels covering Black history and independent titles by minority-owned creators and publishers.

“There is no part of our past that we as minorities don’t play a part,” Childs said. “I’m on a mission to make sure things that are important to me, that I think are important in general, still get the platform they deserve.”

 

When it comes to veteran contributors, they deserve a lot of credit. Let’s take, for example, artist Ron Wilson, who first worked for Marvel in the early 1970s, and some of his most notable credits include Marvel Two-In-One, which I own today as part of an Epic Collection archive, and I hope the rest will be available in additional volumes in time. Wilson is another talented African-American contributor whom today’s SJWs won’t clearly acknowledge.

 

 

I was also pleased to see the store owner has a good choice of whom to cite as his favorite DC superhero:

 

Superman became his favorite superhero.

“His greatest power is that although he is endowed with all these great abilities and doesn’t necessarily need to help anyone – doesn’t necessarily need to be good – but by the simple fact that he chooses love, in choice is where our power is realized,” Childs said.

 

I’m always glad whenever the Man of Steel is cited as a favorite example, rather than the PC crowd’s modern choice of Batman, because in their view, brightness and optimism don’t belong. There is, however, one other part here that’s somewhat disputable:

 

He calls the industry an example of the world’s potential.

“I think the comic book industry is a reflection of how we actually should be. It’s an industry where we’re writing and creating new works that speak to people for many different reasons,” Childs said. “We should be human beings that are creating marvelous works that inspire, that promote, that engage that do a lot of positive things within our world, us as human beings.“

 

 

If only it were, but the mainstream aren’t delivering to that effect, based on all the far-leftist ideologues still prevalent on their payrolls (Jason Aaron, Dan Slott, Al Ewing, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Tom Brevoort, to name but some), and all the company wide crossovers still churned out that diminish whatever stand-alone potential the stories might have. There’s even the problem to be had with SJWs, and “gatekeepers” who’re shutting out conservatives. Not to mention that, whenever a project is built along divisive politics, like Daniel Kibblesmith’s New Warriors was, it only demonstrates how the people in charge of mainstream aren’t trying to inspire so much as they are trying to indoctrinate, and promote all the wrong ideologies and negative beliefs. Even the independents aren’t always better.

That said, the indie industry for now is probably the best place you could expect to provide something to inspire and offer a more positive viewpoint promoting better ideas for the world around us. It’ll remain to be seen how well that’s handled going forward.

 

 

Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1

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