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).

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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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