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(Heard It Thru) The Griot Vine

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Hey, guys! Hope you don't mind! Just wanted to post links of my comic column where I'll be interviewing and showcasing different things! Hope you all dig!

 

Thus far...

 

(Intro and Mission statement!)

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/132854-welcome-to-heard-it-through-the-griot-vine-3.html

 

Interview with Midnighter writer, Steve Orlando, on his Image Comic "Virgil" about a homosexual cop in Jamaica who is outed and fights through the city to save his boyfriend.

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/132865-queersploitation-with-steve-orlando-griot-vine-interview.html

 

1 Step Forward (2 Steps Back) Sub-Series following ignorant comments when it comes to diversity in comics. This time: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/132892-the-griot-vines-1-step-forward-moon-girl-and-devil-dinosaur.html

 

Interview with Indie Creator John Jennings on his work process, finding time to work on all his projects, and the fight for diversity

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/132982-diversifying-with-john-jennings-griot-vine-interview.html

 

My thoughts on Netflix's Sense8 and it's portrayal of diversity

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/133027-sense8-griot-vine-approved.html

 

An interview with Walter Ostlie, on his Kickstarter for his book, Shiver Bureau! Definitely check it out, he's also the artist for my upcoming comic book soon to come!

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/133083-inspecting-shiver-bureau-with-walter-ostlie.html

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It is a question I often wonder about, Greg. As a black man, would you rather see something like a black Spider-Man or would you rather see a truly black character developed like Black Panther or Cyborg or Static, etc ? I'm a white guy so I really don't have an opinion. Of course, fan boys always get mad when someone else portrays their favorite character.

 

Great read

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It is a question I often wonder about, Greg. As a black man, would you rather see something like a black Spider-Man or would you rather see a truly black character developed like Black Panther or Cyborg or Static, etc ? I'm a white guy so I really don't have an opinion. Of course, fan boys always get mad when someone else portrays their favorite character.

 

Great read

 

Doesn't matter to me, as long as they're well written and pushed. I'd lean towards more to the ones who can be on their own identity though.

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That'd certainly be less tokenistic than a lot of black comics characters, wouldn't it?

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there are already gay droids in star wars, they are called c3po and r2d2. :wink2:

 

is the sexuality of your character anything you want to dive into?

 

Well this particular one-shot coming out of my character doesn't get into his sexuality at all but generally most of my lead protagonists are bisexual.

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They actually changed the look of Red Wolf for this new series. He doesn't look like the version from the 1970s anymore. Which is probably a positive. I was a fan of Red Wolf. I thought he was a neat character. I like seeing Native American mythology appear in the Marvel Universe, where pretty much every world mythology has been used.

While some can accuse the character of being a "stereotype" in the '70s series, it needs to be remembered within context, that he was the first truly positive portrayal of a Native American character featured as the protagonist of his own series in comic books (some may argue Turok, which is understandable, but the characterization was very weak in that series). It was ground-breaking at the time for comic books, and for Marvel Comics.

I own the recent heroclix for Red Wolf even.

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I have often questioned the idea that positive stereotypes are necessarily bad. I have read Native American groups criticize this stereotypical notion that Native Americans are spiritual and care about the environment. Is this necessarily bad? Caring about the planet is surely a good thing. The problem with stereotypes, in general, is that not everyone in the culture will relate to the portrayal. Well, yes, people are individuals, and not everyone cares about the environment. But, the book Black Elk Speaks was a very influential book in the late-'60s and 1970s, and its influence lead to the formation of AIM.

Thought provoking article. I hope the new series is good.

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Myself, I'd have a lot more sympathy for the stereotype of native Americans being ecologically minded if they hadn't wiped out a lot of the larger predators in North America centuries before the Europeans arrived and started killing off species themselves.

:wink2:

(A for Turok, the original '60s stories aren't at all character driven, but there's stuff from the Valiant reboot that does play around with the notion that he's a 19th century Kiowa Indian, rather than the Punisher with a bow. Tim Truman in particular was good on that one. That was long after Red Wolf's introduction, though.)

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Interviewed Micheline Hess

 

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/133377-climbing-into-ovens-with-micheline-hess-griotvine-interview.html

 

Creator Micheline Hess comes by to talk about Malice in Ovenland, making art on the iPad, and being looked over for being a black female at conventions!

 

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Don't be a pooper, 7th!

 

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After reading and heavily enjoying quite a few books recently from Rosarium Publishing and having a few creators from RP on the Griotvine, I thought it'd only make sense to finally try to get the head honcho himself! Rosarium Publishing's Bill Campbell stops by to talk about grinding from the bottom, publishing, and Artists Against Police Brutality.

 

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/133563-gardening-comics-in-publisher-bill-campbells-rosarium-griotvine-interview.html

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Two recent ones!

 

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Author Nikki Michelle stops by to talk about her most recent book, Bi-Satisfied, an exploration ones' sexuality and romantic beliefs, her intense and eye-opening research, and more!

 

http://www.theouthousers.com/columns/133829-getting-bi-satisfaction-with-nikki-michelle.html

 

 

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Horror novelist Simon Graves stops by to talk about his horror anthology FIND'M, his writing process, LGBT themes in comic books, and more!

 

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/columns/133628-findm-the-new-horror-hook-up-app-with-writer-simon-graves-griotvine-interview.html

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