Throughout the month of February, Aspen Comics will be celebrating Black History Month by pointing the spotlight on Black creators with whom they've collaborated. This will occur three times a week on their website, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, along with the creator's picture. Put together by Fathom: Sourcebook writer Tabu, there will be a showcases from Koi Turnbull, Khary Randolph, Talent Caldwell, Emilio Lopez, Hannibal Tabu, Eric Battle, Rob Stull, Larry Welch, Saleem Crawford, Keron Grant, Marla Johnson, and Khari Evans.
Tabu spoke about the project by saying:
I have to give it up to my editors, Andrea Shea and Vince Hernandez, who came up with the idea to have this happen. In a time when some people are giving lip service to diversity, Aspen is showing how it's worked towards that for years. I'm extraordinarily proud to work with everybody at Aspen. It was an honor to help spotlight and honor the overwhelming talents involved in this project. Reading comics and looking at names that seemed like the ones in my neighborhood made me wonder if there could be a place for me on comic book shelves. Now that I'm on those shelves, I am happy to share these voices, these hands, these people and their stories, especially if there's a Black child out there looking at these pages and asking the same questions.
This is a truly wonderful thing for Aspen Comics to do in honor of Black History Month. It's important to not only put the spotlight on the well known names that we have all come to learn about since grade school, but to also show the creativity that comes out of every genre and medium. I look forward to seeing all of the spotlights throughout the month. You can look for them, beginning Feburary 3rd, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9am.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.