I’ve been a nerd as long as I could remember. My earliest memories were scribbling drawings of monsters, aliens, superheroes, and spaceships. Even at a young age, I knew this would be a world that would fuel my passions and creativity for the rest of my life. However, what I didn’t know was how few role models there would be for me as an impressionable Asian-American kid. The only ethnic representation in comics would either be broad stereotypes or relegated as villains. Many years later as an adult, I can see progress has been made but is it enough? Will we ever see a black Superman? Could the Fantastic Four be a family of Asians? In the Battle of Multicultural Heroes panel, our pop culture experts and diversity advocates, will share about their own experiences and their own identity journey. Panelists include myself @Crazy4ComicCon, Andre Meadows @BlackNerd (creator of Black Nerd Comedy on YouTube), Linda Le @VampyBitMe (cosplayer and designer), and Marlene Bonnelly @ILikeComicsToo (producer of ILikeComicsToo.com). If this is something that you are interested in then please come join us on Sunday 4:00 in room 7AB.
You can really help us out by commenting of these questions below:
1. As a minority, have you ever struggled to find a hero as a role model? What was that experience like?
2. What do you think is the state of multicultural heroes in comics, TV, or film?
3. If you could change any comic book character to be ethnic, who would it be?
4. If your not a minority, have you ever thought about this topic and what’s your perspective on it?