Diversity Comic Con: DC Presents "Represent!: It's A Bird"

FIT Diversity Collective


Diversity Comic Con: DC Presents "Represent!: It's A Bird"
Contributor Names
Cooper, Christian
Martinez, Alitha E.
Polson, Michael Briar
Christian Cooper and Alitha E. Martinez's story "It's a Bird", the first chapter in DC's Represent! anthology series of comics, turns a pair of binoculars in the hands of a teenage boy into an examination of racial profiling and police brutality. Through the magic and power of graphic storytelling, "It's a Bird" is both a conversation starter and a thoughtful response to the events that have played out in the public eye over the last few decades. Christian Cooper and Alitha E. Martinez are joined by Alitha's son Michael Briar Polson to moderate the audience Q & A.
As part of its Civility Week, FIT hosted the Diversity Comic Con for a third year, and in 2020 it was completely online. The comic con features panel discussions, speed networking, drawing contest, cosplay challenge, a comic anthology an a virtual marketplace/exhibition.
While the medium of comic books has been around for almost a century, the presence of minorities—as both subjects and creators—has been sorely lacking. But times are changing, and the participation and visibility of multicultural art and stories are more crucial than ever.
More and more, the lines between print and screen media are blurring and merging as stories that were once the domain of comic books become the movies and television shows of today. Comic books are the beginning of visual storytelling.
Diversity Comic Con gives students an opportunity to be exposed to careers that are truly multidisciplinary while providing a venue to showcase their work to publishers, professionals, and the general public. This event gives them an invaluable experience and will widen their horizons.
This event is fully sponsored by a grant from the President's Diversity Council.
Moving Image
Comic books, strips, etc.
Cooper, Christian
Martinez, Alitha E.
DC Comics, Inc.
African American authors
African American illustrators
African American cartoonists
Graphic novels
Racial profiling in law enforcement
Police brutality
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (2020, October 17). Diversity Comic Con: DC Presents "Represent!: It's A Bird" [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/23909
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Diversity Comic Con: DC Presents "Represent!: It's A Bird"." Archive on Demand, 17 Oct. 2020, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/23909
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Diversity Comic Con: DC Presents "Represent!: It's A Bird"," Archive on Demand, October 17, 2020, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/23909