“Thunder only happens when it’s raining…”
– Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
Brothers and sisters rejoice… The Jackie Robinson of Black superheroes is coming to the big screen…
And, he will be played by Jackie Robinson…
If you’ve been living under a rock with no Wi-Fi, the comic book industry was pleasantly rocked by the news from Marvel Studios. Not only has Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to play Doctor Strange on the big screen, not only will Marvel give us the first comic book movie with a female lead in the upcoming Captain Marvel film, but…
Wait for it…
The Black Panther is coming to the big screen in 2017, and Chadwick Bosemen (42, Get on Up) will be the King of Wakanda.
This news, on top of DC’s announcement of a live-action Static series is the equivalent of Christmas and Kwanzaa coming early to comic geekdom, in general, but Black geekdom in particular. This is the news that the brothers and sisters have been waiting for. This is the comic book version of Barack Obama being elected as president of the United States. We are happy…
We are dancing in the streets, we are patting each other on the back, and we are acting like we have finally reached the Promised Land.
Quick sidebar: remember that the evolution of the comic book movie began with a little film called Blade.
Don’t get it twisted.
Blade is the template for the modern comic book film. Without the success of Blade, Marvel wouldn’t have made Spider Man, the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios would not have the balls to release Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen…
A comic book film with an African American lead, with an African American viewpoint, got the ball rolling.
As much as Black fandom has to celebrate, as much money as we are about to throw to corporations that already got our dough, a couple of questions should be raised:
Does this news mean that the “Corporate Two” will now increasingly diversify their talent pool by hiring not only more artists, but also more writers of color?
More important, what happens to the independent Black comic book scene?
Yes, the one-two punch of the Static TV series and the Black Panther movie is huge news… huge. But, does that mean that the Black comic book community is satisfied? That we independent creators of color are gonna get lost in the shuffle?
As independents, we’ve got to stop thinking like creators and start thinking, and acting, like businesspeople. We’ve got to go hard in the paint, study our competition in all arenas, and become truly ready for combat. With all that is at our disposal, social media, Print on Demand, the democratized distribution landscape, we must evolve. We must be prolific, we must market, we must grind. We must make our voices so loud that they can’t ignore us. And, our product has to be so on point that they cannot refute us.
In fact, what should happen… What will happen is that we must, and will, capitalize on this good news. We will use the momentum generated by these announcements to further our cause. We will piggyback with the notion of:
“Y’all about that Black Panther?”
“Y’all about that Static?”
“Well, check out Concrete Park, check out Midnight Tiger, and check out Ajala, One Nation, Wildfire, Witchdoctor, Genius, Miranda Mercury, E.P.I.C., T.A.S.K., Millennia War, DMC, The Almighty Street Team, The Horsemen…”
“We are that next shit.”
It’s already been done. We have our template. Brotherman, T.R.I.B.E. and the almighty Milestone Media showed us how it’s done.
Let’s rock this funky joint.
In other monumental moments in Black Comics History: Griot Enterprises, home of The Horsemen, will be distributing their graphic novels and art books through the biggest distributor in the United States, Ingram, Baker and Taylor. You can pre-order The Horsemen: Divine Intervention at your local bookstore or comic book store today.
The ISBN is: 9781941958001.
We are beyond Diamond. We are beyond the comic book store. We are officially everywhere. Griot Enterprises is global, baby.
This is how you take it to the next level.
Thunder only happens when it’s raining.