SAN DIEGO COMIC CON SELECTION!

We are headed to San Diego for the BIGGEST COMIC CON OF THEM ALL! The film will screen on Friday, July 25 at 7:40pm. The festival is screening some very interesting films. We are in good company indeed. The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival will be held at the Marriott Marquis & Marina (it’s directly next door to the San Diego Convention Center). The Film Festival room is Marriott Hall 2. Marriott Hall is located at the far (north) end of the Marriott main lobby. You do not need a Comic-Con badge to attend the festival. By the way, they are sold out of badges! If you’re in the area, please come by and say hello! ‘ll start posting photos as soon as I set foot in San Diego.

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Johns Hopkins Screening and Discussion

Tonight, 7pm in Hodson Hall. Many thanks to Joseph Colon and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. Uraeus (Jaycen Wise) will also be there to share his work!

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Schomburg Black Comic Book Event

Image by John Jennings, Ph.D.

I haven’t posted in a looong time. So much has happened… Anyway, I’m very excited about an event TOMORROW at the Schomburg Museum. If you’re in New York, I’d love to see you there. Once again, the brilliant John Jennings put his touch on the event poster.

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Discussion Guide!

White Scripts and Black Supermen Discussion Guide

We generally watch films passively – not critically. The purpose of this guide is to encourage more active engagement of the documentary. I have never been a fan of providing students with guides prior to any activity for fear that they will focus only on the pertinent portions identified in the guide and ignore everything else. The questions included in the guide are intended only as points of reference for class discussions of the documentary.

The documentary pursues a critical engagement of the manner in which Black masculinity is represented in comic books featuring the first Black superheroes. Consequently, many of the questions focus on issues of representation, race, masculinity, and the influence of racial/ historical contexts on the first Black superheroes. This is not THE study guide. As the filmmaker, I am probably far too close to the material to develop a comprehensive guide. This is simply a initial point of entry for your class discussions. If you want to share some good questions, please submit them (along with your name and institutional affiliation if you want to be credited) to wsbsquestions@gmail.com. I will create a list of “community questions” and update them every few weeks or so.

Additionally, the documentary should not be the only source for this study. The documentary shares scholarly space with a number of academic domains including African-American Studies, hip hop studies, gender studies, popular    culture    studies,    communication, American studies, media anthropology, as well as ethnic and racial studies. Drawn for your own area(s) of interest to use the documentary in your work.
This guide reflects only the documentary. I have not developed questions for the more than forty video clips available on the site. Many of these clips should be useful to your class discussions.

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Individual Purchase Option!

I was just informed that California Newsreel has just made an individual purchase option available (24.95)!

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Screening in NYC on Thursday May 30th!

Many thanks to NCORE for including the film in a impressive film schedule.

About NCORE:

“NCORE® is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.”

http://www.ncore.ou.edu/2012/filmpreview.html

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TRAILER

Through interviews with prominent artists, scholars and cultural critics along with images from the comic books themselves, this film examines the degree to which early Black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about Black men. From the humorous, to the offensive, early Black superheroes are critically considered.

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Left of Black Interview

A few weeks ago, I sat down for a skype interview with Mark Anthony Neal. I am a huge fan of his work and remain honored to have had the opportunity to chat with him. I got a chance to talk about the project and drop some names as well. Enjoy!

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NEW NAME with Cover art by John Jennings!

John Jennings, my good friend and colleague,  has created an incredible cover image. I LOVE the image. I got a chance to hang out with John at the 2011 ASA conference. He organized a great panel entitled Black Panels, White Gutters: Race, Resistance, and Representation in American Comics and Sequential Art. John is working on some truly groundbreaking art. I got a peek  at some of it and my vocabulary is not extensively enough to describe what I saw. Anyway, check him out here .

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California Newsreel Distribution!

California Newsreel has selected the documentary for distribution! I have been a fan of their catalog for decades and the thought that this documentary will be included in their impressive catalog is humbling. They have the master so it is just a matter of time before the dvd is available for purchase. I will certainly keep you posted.

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Doc Nama on Luke Cage

Adilifu Nama, Chair of the African American Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University.

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Southern California. 2002.

Dr. Nama’s research is highly interdisciplinary and rests at the intersection of African American studies, cultural studies, black cultural criticism, critical theory, film studies and communication studies.  Moreover he examines popular culture as a compelling conduit that connects peoples and places, politics and power, commerce and commodities in ways that forge new social relations, lifestyles and racial subjectivities concerning black racial formation.  His publications include Super Black:  American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes (University Texas Press, 2011), the award winning Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film. (University of Texas Press, 2008) along with a variety of articles examining black racial formation and representation in Sci-Fi film, comics, hip-hop music and television.

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Doc Nama on Intentionality and Comic Book Heroes

Adilifu Nama, Chair of the African American Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University. Ph.D. Sociology, University of Southern California. 2002. Dr. Nama’s research is highly interdisciplinary and rests at the intersection of African American studies, cultural studies, black cultural criticism, critical theory, film studies and communication studies.  Moreover he examines popular culture as a compelling conduit that connects peoples and places, politics and power, commerce and commodities in ways that forge new social relations, lifestyles and racial subjectivities concerning black racial formation.  His publications include Super Black:  American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes (University Texas Press, 2011), the award winning Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film. (University of Texas Press, 2008) along with a variety of articles examining black racial formation and representation in Sci-Fi film, comics, hip-hop music and television.

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