Dr Sheena C. Howard stops by to deep dive into the essay collection “Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity and Communication” (from Smart Pop Books). As the editor, she talks about how she came to put together the sections of the book and study the psychology of the Black community’s reaction to the movie Black Panther, as well as expanding the understanding of the Wakanda from the Marvel series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Additionally, she talks about how she came to researching and studying comics and how the lack of Black history in comics — from Black creators to Black characters — spurred most of the work she’s done and continues to do.
Dr Howard is the author of the Eisner Award-winning “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation”, and the award winning “Encyclopedia of Black Comics”, and several other critically acclaimed books and comics, in addition to also being a filmmaker and educator.
Sheena has also written an upcoming issue of “Wonder Woman: Black & Gold”, look for #6 in stores November 24 (art by Jamal Campbell)!
If you want to check out the podcast she mentioned, you can become a supporter on her Patreon page and listen to those: https://www.patreon.com/drsheenahoward
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