The Blacker the Ink

The Blacker the Ink

Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art

Book - 2015
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When many think of comic books the first thing that comes to mind are caped crusaders and spandex-wearing super-heroes. Perhaps, inevitably, these images are of white men (and more rarely, women). It was not until the 1970s that African American superheroes such as Luke Cage, Blade, and others emerged. But as this exciting new collection reveals, these superhero comics are only one small component in a wealth of representations of black characters within comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels over the past century. The Blacker the Ink is the first book to explore not only the diverse range of black characters in comics, but also the multitude of ways that black artists, writers, and publishers have made a mark on the industry. Organized thematically into "panels" in tribute to sequential art published in the funny pages of newspapers, the fifteen original essays take us on a journey that reaches from the African American newspaper comics of the 1930s to the Francophone graphic novels of the 2000s. Even as it demonstrates the wide spectrum of images of African Americans in comics and sequential art, the collection also identifies common character types and themes running through everything from the strip The Boondocks to the graphic novel Nat Turner. Though it does not shy away from examining the legacy of racial stereotypes in comics and racial biases in the industry, The Blacker the Ink also offers inspiring stories of trailblazing African American artists and writers. Whether you are a diehard comic book fan or a casual reader of the funny pages, these essays will give you a new appreciation for how black characters and creators have brought a vibrant splash of color to the world of comics.--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780813572345
Characteristics: ix, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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An accessible history of representation of black folks in comics and graphic novels.

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Nov 10, 2017

"Blacker The Ink" for comic book nerds who have a hard edge psychological bent, this book goes into great detail about the psychology of superheroes and the development of character persona. Written for the college classroom a professor examines the make up of Black Superheroes in American culture.

Let's faces facts American has it's thumb down on it's minority culture and as a result writers
tend to reflect this oppression in their stories, through polar opposites, ultra violence, completely ignore any hints of whiteness, or by creating entirely new worlds with no American influence. Doing any of these styles is difficult.

"Blacker The Ink" devotes an entire chapter to Ghettostone Publication's "RAMZEES" and how my development of his persona is influenced by the majority culture of which I cant escape!

From what I have read so far this is a serious discussion about superheroes, comic books, storyline creation and independent publishers who struggle to be read.

This is one I am personally looking forward to reading closely!


Michael R. Brown,
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Editor/Chief Ghettostone Publications Company


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