Aspen Comics Celebrates Black History Month
Aspen Comics will celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February on multiple social media platforms. The publisher will spotlight Black creators with whom they’ve collaborated three times a week on their website, official Facebook page, Tumblr, and Instagram alongside each creator’s picture and a showcase of their work. The project includes creator spotlights on Koi Turnbull, Khary Randolph, Talent Caldwell, Emilio Lopez, Hannibal Tabu, Eric Battle, Rob Stull, Larry Welch, Saleem Crawford, Keron Grant, Marla Johnson, and Khari Evans. Fathom: Sourcebook writer Tabu compiled each profile, and with them Aspen hopes to honor each and every one of the Black creators with whom they’ve worked in both the past and present.
In the release announcing the project, Tabu said:
I have to give it up to my editors, Andrea Shea and Vince Hernandez, who came up with the idea to have this happen. In a time when some people are giving lip service to diversity, Aspen is showing how it’s worked towards that for years. I’m extraordinarily proud to work with everybody at Aspen. It was an honor to help spotlight and honor the overwhelming talents involved in this project. Reading comics and looking at names that seemed like the ones in my neighborhood made me wonder if there could be a place for me on comic book shelves. Now that I’m on those shelves, I am happy to share these voices, these hands, these people and their stories, especially if there’s a Black child out there looking at these pages and asking the same questions. To paraphrase the work of someone I followed, Dwayne McDuffie, “I can fly … so can you.” I can’t wait to see who comes asking me to participate in this for Aspen in twenty years.
Aspen will be posting these creator spotlights every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month at 9AM, starting February 3rd.