“Lighten Up” – A Thought-Provoking Look at Color, Race and Comics

It’s no secret that comics have a…problematic history of their portrayal of women.

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Case in point.

But, as a new comic posted to The Nib (one of my favorite new websites) shows, the subtle racism of the comics industry’s treatment of characters of color can be just as problematic.

Beginning with a seemingly innocuous request to change the skin tone of of a character in a X-Men comic he was working on, Ronald Wimberly crafts a brief, but surprisingly wide-ranging look at the implications of how we talk about our art in relation to race and ethnicity.

Check out the full comic, “Lighten Up” and see more of the artist’s work (plus assorted musings) at his Tumblr, Ignorant-Bliss.

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