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Are Robinson and Henderson part of comic book history?

DC’s full solicitations for September came out yesterday, something Tom will no doubt talk about in his next Grumpy Old Fan column, but I wanted to draw attention to two comics in particular:

The Web #1

The Web #1

THE WEB #1
Written by Angela Robinson; co-feature written by John Rozum
Art by Roger Robinson & Hilary Barta;co-feature art by Tom Derenick & Bill Sienkiewicz
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Variant sketch cover by JG Jones
Spinning out of August’s “Red Circle” event from superstar writer J. Michael Straczynski comes the new ongoing adventures of the selfish rich-boy hero the Web, and the mysterious-undying Hangman. Writer/director Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.) and artist Roger Robinson (BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS) spin the tales of The Web, a man who has only recently come to understand the burden of true heroism. He’s fighting crime on his own terms, and for his first mission he’s hunting down the men responsible for killing his brother!
Plus, the Hangman stars in his own co-feature with a touch of urban noir from writer John Rozum (DETECTIVE COMICS) and artists Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz, the team behind REIGN IN HELL! The Hangman haunts the streets of San Francisco and touches lives as he works to discover whether his powers are a blessing or a curse.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a sketch cover by JG Jones). See the Previews Order Form for more info.
On sale September 23 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Teen Titans #75

Teen Titans #75

TEEN TITANS #75
Written by Felicia D. Henderson;
co-feature written by Sean McKeever
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson;
co-feature art by Yildiray Cinar & Júlio Ferreira
Cover by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson Variant cover by Andy Clarke
Come celebrate our gala 75th issue with an all-star cast of Titans past and present! Joining this issue for the extravaganza is new ongoing writer Felicia D. Henderson, a co-executive producer on TV’s hit show Fringe! Don’t miss this start to a fresh new take on DC’s premier teen team! And in the Ravager co-feature, Rose lies nearly dead in the Arctic when a horrific discovery chills her even more! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Andy Clarke). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale September 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

So what do these two comics have in common? David Brothers points out that both of them are written by Black women.

Felicia D Henderson and Angela Robinson are both black women. Felicia Henderson, in particular, gets a whole gang of goodwill from me just because she wrote for Fresh Prince, Family Matters, and, to a lesser extent, Moesha,” Brothers wrote. “My question is– is this the first time Marvel or DC have employed two black female writers? Is it the first time they’ve employed one? Comics historians, do your duty.”

To give you a little background, in addition to the shows Brothers listed, Henderson also worked on Sister, Sister and the Soul Food television series. Currently she is co-executive producer of Fringe and teaches writing at UCLA. You can find more details on her career, along with a Q&A, here.

Robinson, meanwhile, directed the Disney movie Herbie Fully Loaded, and has written and directed episodes of The “L” Word. Here’s her Wikipedia entry.

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But will they write GOOD comics? Because I’m sure they’ll be SO proud to be a pair of black women writing comics if they turn out to be bad.
And if they’re good then still, so what? That just means there’s two more good comics coming out that month.

I can’t believe more people don’t see the significance in this. The comic industry is a white male-dominated world. Two black females working there is huge, whether they’re good or not. I hope they do great, but even if they don’t, I’m glad they have the chance to do something.

Diversity is awesome and all but they won’t be around long if the comics don’t turn out well and/or sell well. I’m withholding judgment, everyone deserves some fair shake.

A Teen Titans written by the person that wrote The Fresh Prince is a Teen Titans I want to read.

Robinson’s “D.E.B.S.” short film killed me the first time I saw it, and I’ve been meaning to check out the feature for a long time but haven’t had the chance (I know, I know…I need to get NetfFlix). Still, I’d love to see some of the voice she brought to that work show up on the page in the Web ongoing. It’s not as though the character has such a strongly developed history that there are some kind of rules as to how that series should go.

Fans are skeptical of TV writers jumping to comics — and with good reason.

Because of how shows are created, there is never any guarantee that a person credited with “writing” an episode even wrote a single word of what ended up onscreen.

Worse, this is ESPECIALLY true of female and minority writers — and there is a very long and drawn out reason for why this is so (mostly involving the fact that they are generally free to the production company through pseudo-affirmative action processes) — but we’ll skip all of this for now because…

Both of these women (African-American or not) have been working for a VERY LONG TIME in Hollywood. And the simple truth is you do not survive in TV or Film for as long as they both have without being damn good at your job. Or at least, y’know, competent.

So, I say, how about we just let them both be exactly what they are — WRITERS — and see what they can do?

I’m jazzed about it.

“Diversity” has bad connotations but in reality, it’s the way of the world.

Teen Titans, as a franchise, is in pretty dire straits. Considering her track record, I’m cautiously optimistic about Henderson writing Teen Titans.

Thanks for the link, JK!

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