2012 the Year Black Females Ruled in Comics Conclusion

Evern for the reader that wasn’t interested in superpowers sci-fi, fantasy or horror there were comics worth reading.

 Le’ts start with the best

FBI Agent Elizabeth Cohen

Thief of Thieves

Robert Kirkman

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(Also one of the best books of 2012) Conrad Paulson lives a secret double life as master thief Redmond. There is nothing he can’t steal, nothing he can’t have… except for the life he left behind. Now, with a grown son he hardly knows, and an ex-wife he never stopped loving, Conrad must try to piece together what’s left of his life, before the FBI finally catch up to him… but it appears they are the least of his worries. Redmond has FBI agent Elizabeth Cohen hunting him down relentlessly. She’s a tough chic—willing to do whatever it takes to put behind bars the world’s greatest thief. read more

Valerie From ‘Josie and the Pussycats

Archie Comics

As Archie and Valerie make their own music together what kind of new changes in their former bands can we expect to see? Music aside, the biggest life altering event of the young couple’s lives is on the horizon as Valerie announces she’s pregnant! How will the family dynamic change the musical duo?

In the conclusion, Valerie finds herself at Memory Lane peering into her and Archie’s future together. A star is born, literally, as their daughter Star enters the world and inherits her parents’ talent for music, bringing massive amounts of attention on the tiny prodigy! However, this isn’t the only possible future marriage Valerie gets a glimpse at, as it seems Archie can get any girl he wants! See what a variety of paths would bring as a multitude of Archie weddings are explored here in these pages!

Over the past few years, Archie Comics has become one of the most socially progressive comic book publishers in the market, with genuinely solid storytelling that’s been pushing the boundaries of what they’ve done with their formula in the 70 years since the freckle-faced teenager made his debut. read more To read even more

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The Future

Maybe to see the future we should look back at the days of Jackie Ormes

To quote the Cartoon Art Museum right up on the independent comic Love & Rockets, It’s hard to overstate the impact that Love and Rockets has had on independent comics over the past three decades. Small-press comics began with the underground comix boom of the 1960s and gained traction in comic book specialty shops in the 1970s with the success of Dave Sim’s Cerebusand Wendy and Richard Pini’s Elfquest. In the 1980s, Love and Rockets kicked off an entirely new alternative comics scene. Los Bros. blended high comedy with high drama, juxtaposed magical realism with stark reality, and explored interpersonal relationships with rare sensitivity and insight.

Love and Rockets also highlighted people who’d rarely been seen in comics before. Up to that point, Latino characters had rarely appeared in comic books, but Los Bros.’ comics were populated by a largely, and sometimes exclusively, Latino cast of characters. In the 1980s, Love and Rocketswas also unusual for its strong female lead characters, extensive female supporting cast, and positive portrayal of LGBT relationships. Over the years, Love and Rockets has been widely praised by Latino cultural associations, and Jaime Hernandez has been praised by GLAAD for tackling gay and lesbian issues read full article Superheroes, fantasy and Sci-Fi are not for everyone, even and the markets are targeted almost exclusively to whites but there is a growing interest among people of color. But reality sells in Europe, Asia and South America comics are even more popular than here and Super heroes and Sci-fi makes up only a fraction of the market. What worked for the Hernandez brothers is there understanding of the complexities and subtilities of Latino, not just the sex pot and the maid. That is the direction African American writers and artist must do to take our women out the ghetto of bug afro stereotypes.

Social Skills NYC

C.J. Johnson. Visual Storyteller Social Skills.

Yeah, You’re Cool

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One online series that is off to a good start is Social Skills the Tumblr site of C.J. Johnson although his two series Yeah, You’re Cool and Asinine are targeted toward the male reader the woman featured are diverse and fairly relatable as is his take on relationships.

Yvette and Patricia

Asinine

C.J. Johnson. Social Skills.

Television

Lets not forget that animated  sisters could be seen once a week 

There was Black Dynamite, Young Justice and The Cleveland Show

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Honey Bee Black Dynamite
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Bumble Bee Young Justice
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Roberta Tubbs of the Cleveland Show

In 2012 thousands of books were purchased by African-American women, hundreds were independently published. There is great potential for graphic novels for African-American women as they read a lot but only what interest them. But comics will never be a consideration  as long as black men and a black women in a healthy relationship is taboo.  But 2012 was a good starting point, let’s hope 2013 is even more favorable

Click here for 2012 the Year Black Females Ruled in Comics Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

A J Harper is the author of the Tales of Urban Horror series. His latest is Smoke & Demons,

He can be reached at urbanhorror@gmail.com

follow him on twitter at twitter.com/HarperWorx

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