29 – Icon & Rocket

Hey! Tam here.

On this week’s episode, we came to a weird realisation: I haven’t done as many Comic book-related pitches as I thought I would have by this point. This is only my fourth one (fifth if you include the Justice League episode, which Deeby and Wumi don’t).

Anyway here’s what I’ve got for you this week:

  • Just before his unexpected death, Dwayne McDuffie – the writer of Icon – took part in an interview discussing creating Milestone, Black representation in comics & the comic book industry and several other interesting topics. Give it a watch.

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  • Here’s a copy of the memo that McDuffie sent to Marvel. They’ve proudly posted it on their website.
  • The first Volume of Icon comics is available on Amazon – for a crazy price. Maybe it’s just me being broke, I dunno. If you find other means to read it, I highly recommend it.
  • I’ve made two comic book purchases this week: Cage! – a 70s-set Luke Cage miniseries written and illustrated by Genny Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai JackDexter’s Laboratory and Hotel Transylvania; and Black, a new comic series which asks the question: “What if only Black People had superpowers?”

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  • One thing I didn’t mention is the fact that Icon’s heroics didn’t start in the modern day. During his time as a slave, Augustus Freeman (probably the First) was a member of the Underground Railroad and fought for the North in the American Civil War. Augustus Freeman (II or III, I dunno) fought for the Allies during WWII.
    • Augustus Freeman III was married to a woman named Estelle who became pregnant – something Freeman didn’t realise was possible. Unfortunately his Genetic makeup was not human enough to sustain a full pregnancy and they decided to terminate the baby.
  • At last week’s New York Comic Con, there was a panel on Diversity in Comics moderated by #BlackComicsMonth. You can catch up on everything that was discussed here.

That’s all I’ve got for this week. If you’ve been listening on iTunes, it would be great if you left a review or a rating. We’ve got none at the moment and I’m seriously sadface-ing about it.

See you next week!

 

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