More black superhero stories are being told than ever before and the story tellers are as diverse as ever.
Black superheroes have officially gone mainstream. You have the massive success of Black Panther, Sam Wilson aka Falcon becoming the new Captain America in the MCU, and the successful run of Black Lightning on TV. But of course it all starts with comic books and with the ability to self publish there’s no need to wait on major publishers to give black hero’s their due. More black superhero stories are being told than ever before and the story tellers are as diverse as ever.
Mr. Ford, Editor-in-Chief of Creators for the Culture, put together a list of 9 indie black comic book creators you should be checking out.
We've highlighted 3 of those women creators below, but continue reading the post: 9 Black Indie Comic Book Creators on Creators for the Culture for the full list!
Shauna J. Grant
Shauna is the creator of the Princess Love Pon series which is just as adorable a story as it looks. The webcomic follows a young girl name Lia who gets turned into a magical warrior after meeting an enchanted bunny. Lia has to pull double duty both defending the world and navigating her senior year of high school. Grant shines by creating a fun journey for readers of all ages to adore.
Sheena C. Howard
Sheena is both a comic book commentator and creator who finds it important to add current social issues in order to bring more depth to her comic creations. But while her work is often political in nature, she is careful not to inundate adolescent readers with overt commentary, her wokeness is more subtle. Sheena’s works include the super power teen drama Superb Vol. 1 & 2 and she is also the author of the Encyclopedia of Black Comics.
Juliana “Jewels” Smith
Julia is an indie comic book creator taking a completely different route with her work. “What’s a superhero to a revolutionary?” is the tagline for her series, Hafrocentric. The story follows self proclaimed Black feminist Naima Pepper as she navigates through life and rants about black social issues including gentrification. Smith’s series is down to earth and relatable to black people as a whole not just black comic book readers thanks to her amazing writing.