Apple to introduce more diverse emoji

Facebook emoji

For the unaware, emoji are graphic icons often used in text messages, social media, etc. that are meant to serve as a replacement for the more traditional¬†emoticons. First catching on in Japan, they’ve since become wildly popular. As an example, if you want to type a “smiley face,” there’s the traditional emoticon: :-) With emoji, … Read more

The 2015 Oscar animation nominees, plus the least diverse Oscars in 20 years

Bugs Bunny

This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced. Here’s the nominees for Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Should win (based on Rotten Tomatoes): “Princess Kaguya” (100% RT) or “Song of the Sea” (98% RT) Will win: Not … Read more

Why diversity among A-listers matters: the new Thor and Captain America

Sam Wilson as Captain America

Much has been written about this by everyone else over the past week, but I guess I’m obligated to chime in as well. Marvel’s announced plans to replace Captain America and Thor. For Thor, a woman will be assuming the role of the Mighty One after Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) rejects him as being “unworthy” of … Read more

Diversity issues and Black writers at Marvel and DC

Recently, there’s been much discussion online about the diversity problems facing the “mainstream” (read: DC and Marvel) comic industry. Particularly for African-Americans, the odds of working for DC or Marvel at all are apparently nearly nil. Out of their 70+-year-long histories, Marvel and DC have hired only about two dozen writers for an ongoing series … Read more

Thoughts on DC Comics’ “racial regressing”

This article’s been making the Internet rounds lately; it focuses on the recent DC Comics trend of restoring their Silver Age heroes to their roles, replacing their newer but more ethnically diverse modern counterparts: Not sure how much input I have, given my tastes often are either at odds with whatever’s currently popular or seem … Read more