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I'm aware that if you're a white person trying to write a PoC character you should direct attention to actual voices from the background in question, and let them speak for themselves. I was wondering, since these voices are often not in the mainstream, whether there's some resource that might help find them to start with, esp. in comics? Since I don't actually know who to direct anybody to, and I want to. I guess I'm hoping for an easy answer that won't exist. I'm researching too, but... help?
I’m also a writer with Oscar Moreau's webcomic Rep N Red, and the other folks I work with reblog a ton of great stuff about other comics plus diversity in media representation. I’m usually too busy doing technical work for DCC so I haven’t been able to help them with the posting, but I’ve seen the stuff they do find and it’s pretty great.
The following are regarding PoC characters, not necessarily creators:
This post was made in 2012, and I’m not entirely sure if all the links are still working, but I’d take a look at it anyway. It’s a list of comics that either star or include women of color. The OP has a key at the bottom, signifying comics where the WoC is a token minority, comes in later on, is nonhuman, or has problematic crap.
Dicebox has been around since 2003 but isn’t even halfway done ‘cos it has such a huge story arc. It’s a SF story and it stars a queer WoC and her wife; they’re frustrating and complex characters, very layered. It’s free to view online but I’d suggest buying a copy of Volume 1 from the creator. (Support artists, y’all!)
It’s difficult to weed out voices from the mass organism that is the Internet — in this case, creators of color. It’s usually easier to get search results for characters of color. PoC comic illustrators and writers are definitely out there but I haven’t been able to find a database collecting all minority voices into one convenient place.
That being said, here are a few PoC creators in the comics industry:
• Roy Boney Jr. (full blood Cherokee; Dead Eyes Open)
• Chen Wei Dong (owns the largest comics studio in China)
• Rosario Dawson (yup, you read that right — she created O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce)
• Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa (The 99 — it’s a team of superheroes based on Islamic culture & religion; 35 issues and a mini-crossover with the Justice League; it’s also an animated series)
• David F. Walker (The Army of Dr. Moreau)
• Dani Dixon (runs Tumble Creek Press, creator of the series 13)
• Gerimi Burleigh (Eye of the Gods, psychological thriller)
• Arnold Arre (famous Pinoy artist; The Mythology Class looks and sounds flippin’ amazing but it’s out of print — maybe they’ll do another print run if enough people clamor for it)
For PoC-centric voices outside of comics, here are a couple resources that discuss or revolve around the issue of race:
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