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Jason Johnson Jason Johnson Nov 14, 2018. 21 comments

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

How Stan Lee, Creator of Black Panther, Taught a Generation of Black Nerds About Race, Art and Activism

When I was a kid, I didn’t live close enough to a comic book shop to get there on my bike. My parents would have to take me to Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va., and I’d get my comics off the old spinner racks at Waldenbooks. As the years went on and specialty comic shops opened, my friends and I had a comic book ritual of sorts.

Matt, Jeff and I would borrow one of our parents’ cars, drive out...

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Briana Lawrence Briana Lawrence Feb 28, 2018.

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: Cosplay Is for Everyone (but It’s Nice to Have Options)

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: Cosplay Is for Everyone (but It’s Nice to Have Options)

In 2002 I hopped a Greyhound bus from my Iowa State college campus to get back home to Illinois for my first anime convention. I had no idea what to expect, but more important, I had no idea what to wear! I was going to a place where being a geek was highly encouraged—and I couldn’t contain my joy (retroactive shoutout to my dad and his girlfriend for dealing with 18-year-old me in the...

Briana Lawrence Briana Lawrence Feb 18, 2018. 7 comments

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: Too Black for the White Geeks

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: Too Black for the White Geeks

I was 6 years old when my mama educated me in the ways of saving princesses by touching flowers and shooting fireballs at turtles. Four years later, a kid in my class revealed a juicy bit of gossip: There were adult cartoons that aired way past our bedtimes.

I stayed up and discovered “Japan-imation” (or “Japanimation,” or simply “anime,” because ’90s kids never did settle on a name). My...

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