Those of you who may have been following me for a while know how important the subject of diversity is. Diversity — of any kind, race, gender, sexual orientation, whatever — is needed for everyone in all kinds of media, like books, art, or video games. So, I got excited when I found this piece of news recently:
The title is kind of a mouthful, but it’s an important piece of news. Other than Ariell Johnson, there are only five other African-American comic book shop owners in the United States. Considering comic books tend to cater to the white male demographic, this is an awesome accomplishment.
According to the article, Johnson states that it was the X-Men’s Storm that inspired her and got her into comics, proving how proper representation is needed. I love comics as well, most notably X-Men, and it was always strange to me how skewed most superhero teams were towards men. For example, while Batman is my favorite DC hero, I am so damn excited for the Wonder Woman movie coming out (Marvel, is a Black Widow movie in the works yet?).
Another of my favorite points about this article is Johnson saying how she’s interested in shelving some of the smaller-named comics as well, aiming to give lesser-known writers and artists some time in the spotlight.
Stories of people celebrating others for their differences just makes my day.