Skip to comments.The Black Panel at Comic-Con: 'African American culture is American culture'
Posted on 07/28/2014 11:03:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Of the hundreds of panels available at Comic-Con, which drew to a close on Sunday, none are more respected than the long-running Black Panel, hosted by the comic book creator and Milestone Media co-founder Michael Davis. Unlike most of the other panels at Comic-Con, the Black Panel has nothing to sell, and features guests who also have nothing to promote. Instead, it is a discussion between audience and panel members about black culture, a way for prominent figures in African American entertainment to reach out to those who hope to emulate their paths to success.
Davis started the panel in 1998, five years after he founded Milestone, a comic book entertainment company responsible for some of the most successful black superheroes of the 90s, like Icon, a 300-year-old alien whose first earthly encounter was with a slave woman in the American south, and Static, about a high school teenager who receives superpowers after being mistakenly caught up in a gang war.
Today, the Black Panel is an institution. It is given a 90-minute slot at Comic-Con, a rare honour for any panel, and the panel alum have included RZA, Shaquille O'Neal and Nichelle Nichols, aka Lieutenant Uhura of Star Trek. This year, the Black Panel played host to Ne-Yo, J August Richards, Kevin Grevioux, Cree Summer, Erika Alexander, Tatiana El Khouri and Orlando Jones.
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COL’ got to be! Y’know? Shiiit.
Does it include discussions on the “knock out game”?
Okay, we need to devote some serious attention to a discussion that occurs at a convention that is devoted to comic books?
Why not we get much more serious attention to football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, golf, ad nauseum... why not a form of literature that actually has developed and grown through the years?
Did you know ‘MAUS’ won the pulitzer prize through a graphical presentation of plight of those who suffered in the Holocaust?
Did you know that they are looking at turning the ‘Forgotten Man’ into a graphic novel?
Don’t you agree that every venue that we can present conservative values we should? If we aren’t there the libs will be.
Black culture as expressed today would starve, self destruct and vanish without liberal support.
Urban culture was created as a FOIL to American/Western Culture by those who seek to destroy it.
I would further define “liberal support” as “robbing from traditional Western culture to prop up ‘Black’ culture”.
So blacks are aliens? Or aliens are black people?
I know Louis Farrakhan and Sun Ra spouted that kind of mumbo jumbo but if it's an alien, it isn't human and certainly isn't of African origin.
"black superhero" indeed.
Shaq and RZA (past panelists) have no ties to comic books (unless you want to bring up that HORRIBLE Space Jam “cartoon”).
I see more positivity in a panel on black cartoonists than this race focused "For Us, By Us" focus group.
Cartoonists like George Herriman (Krazy Kat) and Kyle Baker have more to say to the world at large than a bunch of thuggish breakdancer, slaves, and "gang" stereotypes trotted out one more time.
Tip number one, learn to draw.
Tip number two, learn to write or find someone who can.
Tip number three, realize that YOUR life experiences don't come into play when you are dealing with offworld adventures.
Billy Dee Williams brought this up in defiance of those in the audience at another convention asking about how his background prepared him to play Lando in the Star Wars franchise. He said that HIS inspiration in that role was Errol Flynn and the other roguish pirates. Lando was NOT from Earth, let alone Chicago.
I thought these people had an influence on American culture. I guess I don't live in "Black America", I live in the United States of America.
Martin Luther King Jr. denounced the race hustlers who wanted a black separatist America.
I refuse to use the term African American. I have known several white South Africans who muse at the term since they are not allowed to claim it. I always point out that that term must include Egyptians, Libyans , and the like as well, not just black people.
No clue who RZA is, but Shaq is known as an avid collector (superman focus) and as I recall contributed capital to Malibu or another black start-up in the industry when he was still a ballplayer.
In addition on the animation front beyond Space Jam,
he played John Henry Irons/Steel in Steel (DC animation)
He also voiced himself in the animated series Static Shock, Johnny Bravo, and Uncle Grandpa, and in The Lego Movie.
Oh, and Shaq supported Christie in his reelection bid in Jersey (which at least wasn’t a dem)
I think RZA is from the Wu-Tang Clan rapper group.
yeah no clue how he fits in...
I’m more interested in comic creators who make works that stand alone. I’m not buying them as a fashion accessory.
Is this writer trying to make the case that black people don’t like or read Spider-Man?
Is Orlando Jones (actor) tweeting about some new comic publisher who is a black man going to translate to SALES to each of those 100,000 followers?
Or is it going to get them to just recognize a character name that may LATER blip up on the radar as some new adapted movie franchise?
This sounds like an interesting panel.
...a form of literature....
Your opinion... and I’m ok with that
Just like I don’t consider the NYT or MSNBC journalism.
I agree - but a lot of the conventions have panels with collectors, appraisers, peripheral entertainers, etc as a way to try to create extra draw.
Just like they have the costume contests(definitely not my thing), etc .
If there is ONE THING that Sandy Ego Con doesn’t need it is “extra draw”.
It’s lurched over the shark.
It’s the same with “Haight-Ashbury” after the hippies (who wanted to take but not give to the community) came to live on the street (from points East). Or so I hear. Those who created that bohemian scene said it all changed when the runaway tourists flocked in. The free store couldn’t handle the extra “demand”.
SDCC now sells out in advance. I hear that single days are all you can buy unless you buy a year in advance. And some people wait 24 hours in line to get into a specific panel room/discussion.
The artists have left. They set up shop at another hotel, run off from the convention that in name was designed to celebrate their hobby/field.
Your opinion... and Im ok with that
Fair enough. Freegards.
Yeah I know - I always wanted to go but never got to get there before it got out of control, so now I just hit local midwest stuff and still have some fun and meet some folks.
If African American culture is American culture ... then drop “African” from the phrase.