One criticism levied at comic books is their lack of multi-cultural images and stories. It is difficult to ignore the validity of this remark. The world community does need to be more honestly represented in comic books and graphic novels, as well as in other art forms, because this serves as a source of knowledge and inspiration to all people. But we should not ignore the variety of material that has already been created.
To shine a light on that body of work is the goal of The Color of Comics, an exhibition of original comics artwork by artists from throughout the United States as well as other countries.
It contains more than 70 pieces of art highlighting characters representing varied cultures and ethnicities–African, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and Middle Eastern, among others. The stories range from sword and sorcery tales in European and Korean myths, to social issues in Africa, and superheroes and science fiction in America.
The show provides a positive platform for young people to see themselves represented in this sequential art form, inviting them to consider their own pathways in this industry. It arms educators with a rich source of images and cultural contexts for classroom discussions on diversity and differences, and provides individuals from all backgrounds with information on the variety of material that they can seek out for personal satisfaction, as well as educational purposes.
Curated by comics creator and educator, Alex Simmons, The Color of Comics honestly reflects the ability to bring people together to create a different view of our global community, and provides people from all backgrounds with information on the variety of material that they can seek out for personal satisfaction, as well as educational purposes.