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Diversity Comic Con: Panel Discussion: On Being Marginalized in Comics
The comics industry has long been dominated by voices representing a very narrow band of the population, with the voices of marginalized creators often shut out or minimized, particularly at major publishers. While the publishing industry has begun to improve this situation in some ways, significant work yet remains to meaningfully address existing inequity. Panelists will discuss where the industry has been, what the current environment is, and where they think the industry is headed based on their own experiences. With Amy Chu (Alpha Girl), Omar Mirza (ZIndan Comics) and Regine Sawyer (Women’s Comics Collective). Moderated by Fabrice Sapolsky (FairSquare Comics)
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.
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