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8Oct/150

New Statesman: How can comics be better at race?

An issue that has been at the forefront of comics criticism this year despite the larger websites and indeed publishers themselves ignoring it: racism in comics, and the lack of diversity both on and behind the page.

The Marvel hip-hop variant scheme and Boom! Studios' Strange Fruit have attracted particular attention from critics, but will anything really change?

Adding insult to injury is the at times woeful reporting of these stories – plain disregard from many of the same mainstream news sites that happily broadcast headline-making press releases, and inflammatory coverage within the comics press itself. Dismissive outrage over perceived issues of “political correctness” and “social justice” makes for more clicks and ultimately more money.

Read the full article at the New Statesman.

Strange Fruit - art by J.G. Jones

Strange Fruit - art by J.G. Jones