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The deal with African-American and other minority comic book companies, writers and artists

 
 
Reply Thu 4 Aug, 2011 08:17 pm
How come most African-American and/or minority-owned comic book companies don't seem to get to get as much press, exposure or notoriety as other comic book publishers?

Milestone Comics was a notable exception:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milestone_Comics

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ec/Staticshock.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-fjqQockj3s/S_ytky8IgDI/AAAAAAAAAeE/zp-vdCsjqAU/s1600/Milestone.jpg
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DC published Milestone Comics and eventually bought the rights to the Milestone characters.

Static was the star of his own animated series and appeared in Justice League Unlimited.

Dwayne McDuffie was a notable writer who worked for Milestone Comics:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwayne_McDuffie



How come you don't really hear about OTHER African-American comic book publishers or African-American comic book writers, or OTHER minority owned comic book publishers or writers or artists?

Is it because most of the companies and artists and writers are only trying to cater to the minority market? Why is it most don't branch out and go mainstream like the major comic book publishers, like DC and Marvel? I am curious- please help.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2011 06:32 pm
Is the reason a lot of minority-owned companies don't get a lot of exposure BECAUSE they are catering to minorities?
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 24 Oct, 2011 07:36 pm
How come these publishers don't go main stream?
Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 3 Nov, 2011 08:27 am
@JGoldman10,
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How come these publishers don't go main stream?


Because the river's too deep?
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Fri 4 Nov, 2011 05:57 pm
@Sturgis,
MAINSTREAM - out in the PUBLIC so EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT IT.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 4 Nov, 2011 06:13 pm
Static Shock is part of DC's new 52 relaunch
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Fri 4 Nov, 2011 09:19 pm
@djjd62,
I know and so is the rest of the characters in the MILESTONE Universe - I mean BESIDES that.
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8subjectartist
 
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Reply Fri 8 Feb, 2013 06:25 pm
@Sturgis,
There's no room for them. Marvel and Dc run the majority of everything in that business.
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8subjectartist
 
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Reply Fri 8 Feb, 2013 06:39 pm
@JGoldman10,
Dc and marvel have that market pretty locked up; and they're not comfortable with sharing. Thats why Milestone comics didn't make it. Dc's WAS NOT going to have minority characters on par with their comicbook paragons particularly superman. Since they bought out milestone when's the last time you seen the character icon on the scene; He's easily supes equal, in power and high moral standard, but to the mighty white comicbook -controlled establishment, that's a no-no. The same with marvel. They cameo-ed a new character, the blue marvel, who can hang with any other 'A' class marvel superhero on the planet, but he's black sooo.. nuff said. Yes, it's shocking, but folks it's just the plain ole truth. Check out the late Dwanye McDuffie's interview on such matters on youtube. He can't state it any plainer.
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