Comics have changed drastically from the humorous and over the top era that popularized them. No longer are they simple books for little kids. Comics have long-standing fan bases that cherish the story and characters alike. Today these publications are more gritty and the heroes often operate in a grey area.
All writers know that there is a slim chance of getting published, and becoming a bestseller is even more rare. Roxane Gay, however, has done both. Gay, 43 of Nebraska is an author, editor, essayist, professor, and columnist. She has over ten published works including fiction, non-fiction, comics, and a memoir.
In a time of heightened activism and social change, minority groups are demanding what they deserve. The gatekeepers of various industries are typically privileged white men. Without an influx of new perspectives the same redundant narratives will continue to be told.
Who knew that something or even someone that started as a fictional comic book character in 1966 could have such a positive impact on an entire demographic? Black Panther is one of many prime examples of how powerful black people can be when we come together for a treasured cause. The Black community saw the impact of this positive influence coming from a mile away and the importance of showing up and supporting this film. This was the chance for us to show our children that there are superheroes that look and speak just like them. This film served as an opportunity to encourage and educate people about the glorious continent of Africa, and most importantly, the chance to showcase unquestionable proof to Hollywood that an all Black cast can bring in huge numbers at the box office.