New York Comic Con really brings the fandom out of the city. With the comic book deals to merchandise sales to costuming (known as cosplay), there’s so much to take in at this convention, as well as similar ones around the country. Though there has, and may still be a lack of diversity in the comic book world, as we’ve featured on this site and magazine before, things seem to changing: from new Spiderman Miles Morales to the nearly all-black cast on the new Netflix original “Marvel’s Luke Cage”. Not only are these fandoms beginning to reflect the diversity in their audience, some devout comic book fans are rising up with stories and animations of their own.
One such artist is Juan Ferreyra. He was part of a panel discussion on diversity in comics, “#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comic Books”, not only discussing how the comic book world is still slowly catching up in the diversity department, but was also in agreement with a fellow panelist to not complain of the lack of women, blacks & Latinos as lead characters in comics but to support those ethnic comic book writers and artists who are creating their own works.
Whether you’re into comic books, video games, or just enjoy drawing on paper or using a computer program to design in 3D, or even designing & tailoring cosplay, don’t give up and don’t stop! You could end up exhibiting your talent at the next New York Comic Con!