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The New Encyclopedia of Black Comics is an Open Door into Black Comic Culture!

“It’s not just about the comics. It’s the history of journalism, history of print newspapers, history of online media and social media” Dr. Sheena C. Howard

Dr. Sheena C Howard co-wrote and edited the first ever Encyclopedia of Black Comics.


Dr. Howard states that she coordinated a group of about 50 writers to help assemble the featured biographies. The Encyclopedia boast of over 100 short biographies of African American writers and artist as well.  The book not only covers comics but it expands to comic book culture in general. This includes notable African Americans that contributed to comic and gaming conventions, artist, and illustrators.

In an interview with Vibe, Howard states:

“Ever since writing my dissertation on comics in 2010, I became aware that there aren’t enough resources that document black comics history and culture. The literature that documents the comics industry, often leaves out black people in the industry, particularly black women. This book [The Encyclopedia of Black Comics] was a way for me to continue my quest to learn more about the history of comics and document that history”

Kudos to Professor Howard for taking a stand to make sure that notable Black artist and writers get recognized for their contribution to the industry. Truly a noble cause.

The Encyclopedia of Black Comics is currently out in circulation at bookstores and can be found here on Amazon.

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