There have been four black print comics writers nominated for the Eisner Awards in the last ten years.
Three of them are nominated this year. Brandon Easton and Karl Bollers, both for different stories in the Watson & Holmes comic, and Reginald Hudlin for Django Unchained adaptation.
Bringing the total, to date, up to 4.
With the launch of Ghost Rider, Marvel currently has one black writer, Felipe Smith. DC have none. Image Comics have Jimmie Robinson.
Watson & Holmes is rather good. Bleeding Cool recommends that editors at major publishers pick it up and see if the writers are as worthy to write their books as they are to be Eisner nominated.
Look, Brandon is even in the proximity to a DC booth, in that photo. Though the logo shows it was some time ago.
Why is it important? Here's why. Comics reaching a large audience need a plurality of viewpoints, different life experiences to be reflected in the comics written. If it becomes the same demographic, those influences become insular and the appeal of comics becomes smaller. It's not out of any sense to be fair, or to be more liberal, or applying some kind of token system. It's to make money. The more comic books appeal top a wider audience the higher the likelihood that they will make money.
So basically it's in the interest of the capitalist money making hard nosed sharks of the comic book industry to hire a few more black writers. Who knows, maybe hiring a black female writer. If you want to make even more money that is.