Comic Books, Like Everything Else, Benefit From Diversity
Despite the diverse crowd of comic book fans, for a long time, the characters themselves haven't reflected the readers. That's slowly changing.By Jamal Andress | April 11, 2016
"We're definitely seeing people coming in who didn't read comics saying, 'I wasn't that interested; it was a bunch of strong white guys punching each other in the head, right?' ... ya know, it's cheesy, but everybody should get to see a hero who looks like them, and now, that's really happening," Hopkins said.
"Black Panther No. 1," written by award-winning journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, is one of the most anticipated comics to hit shelves in years, selling more than 300,000 copies in presales alone.
"People are so excited, I've not gotten this many calls for a book. ... I've been having people come in since like January," said Sam Hopkins, the manager of First Aid Comics.