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#BlackFemaleIdentityConstructions: Inserting Intersectionality and Blackness in Comics

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As the popularity of comics continues to increase, it is also important to further explore the relationship of such intersectional themes as race, gender, and class with comics and how they can be incorporated into the classroom curriculum. A specific focus on Black female storylines is infrequent and missing. Characters worthy of critical analysis include Marvel Comics Misty Knight, DC Comics Amanda Waller, Marvel Comics Shuri and Lunella Lafayette/Moon Girl, Dark Horse Comics Martha Washington, and Marvel Comics the Dora Milaje. Thus, this chapter introduces the creation of the hashtag syllabus as a teaching tool and how it facilitates a dialogue regarding curriculum development that centers Blackness and intersectionality in comics, more specifically Black female voices and their respective character storylines.

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    Prior to being renamed Milestone Media, the publishing company was known as Milestone Comics.

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Comic Books

• Dwayne McDuffie, Captain Marvel: Giant-Size Special #1 (1989)

• Dwayne McDuffie,

- Icon: A Hero’s Welcome #1–8 (1996/2009) [Milestone Media]

- Icon: The Mothership Connection #13, 19–22, 24–27, 30 (2010) [Milestone Media]

• Frank Miller, The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century (2009)

• Jeremy Whitley, Princeless (2012) [Action Lab]

• Robert Garrett,

- Ajala: A Series of Adventures-Book 1 (2014)

- Ajala: A Series of Adventures-Book 2 (2014)

- Ajala: A Series of Adventures-Book 3 (2015)

- Ajala: A Series of Adventures-Book 4 (2015)

• Roxane Gay & Yona Harvey, World of Wakanda #1–6 (2016) [Marvel Comics]

• Brian Michael Bendis

- Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1: Riri Williams (2016) #1–5 [Marvel Comics]

- Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 2: Choices (2016) #6–11 [Marvel Comics]

• Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare,

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF (2016) [Marvel Comics]

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2: Cosmic Cooties (2017) [Marvel Comics]

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 3: The Smartest There Is (2017) [Marvel Comics]

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 4: Girl Moon (2018) [Marvel Comics]

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 5: Fantastic Three (2018) [Marvel Comics]

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School (2018) [Marvel Comics]

• Nnedi Okorafor, LaGuardia (2018) [Dark Horse Comics]

• Nnedi Okorafor

- Shuri (2018) [Marvel Comics]

- Shuri: Wakanda Forever (2020) [Marvel Comics]

• Eve L. Ewing

- Ironheart Vol. 1: Those with Courage (2018) #1–6 [Marvel Comics]

- Ironheart Vol. 2: Ten Rings (2018) #7–12 [Marvel Comics]

• N.K. Jemisin, Far Sector #1–12 (2019) [DC Comics]

• Brandon Montclare

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 7: Bad Dream (2019) [Marvel Comics]

Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 (2021)

Cartoon Strips

• Jackie Ormes

- Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem (1937)

- Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger (1945)

- Torchy in Heartbeats (1950)

Graphic Novels

• Marguerite Abouet,

- Aya (2007)

- Aya: Life in the Yop City (2012)

- Aya: Love in Yop City (2013)

• Brandon Thomas, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury Vol. 1: Time Runs Out (2011) [Archaia]

• Tony Puryear & Erika Alexander,

- Concrete Park, Vol. 1: You Send Me (2014) [Dark Horse Comics]

- Concrete Park, Vol. 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (2015) [Dark Horse Comics]

• Jennifer Cruté, Jennifer’s Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl (2014)

• Tee Franklin,

- Bingo Love Vol. 1 (2017)

- Bingo Love Jackpot Edition (2017)

• Sebastian A. Jones & Amandla Stenberg, Niobe #2: She is Life (2017) [Stranger Comics]

• L. L. McKinney, Nubia: Real One (2021) [DC Comics]

Books/Novels

Books

• Nancy Goldstein, “Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist” (2008)

• Adilifu Nama, “Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes” (2011)

• Sheena Howard, “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation” (2013)

• Frances Gateward & John Jennings (editors), “The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art” (2015)

• Deborah E. Whaley, “Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime” (2015)

• Carolyn Cocca, “Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation” (2016)

Novels

• Nic Stone,

- Shuri: A Black Panther Novel (2020) [Marvel Comics]

- The Vanished- Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #2 (2021) [Marvel Comics]

Film

• Suicide Squad (2016)

• Black Panther (2018)

• Captain Marvel (2019)

Television

Justice League Unlimited (2004–2006) [Cartoon Network]

• “Absolute Justice” (2010) Smallville [CW Network]

Luke Cage (2016–2018) [Netflix]

Black Lightning (2018–2021) [CW Network]

Watchmen (2019) [HBO]

• Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron (2019) [Disney+ ]

• Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri (2019) [Disney+ ]

WandaVision (2021) [Disney+ ]

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Gipson, G.D. (2022). #BlackFemaleIdentityConstructions: Inserting Intersectionality and Blackness in Comics. In: Aman, R., Wallner, L. (eds) Teaching with Comics. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05194-4_13

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