Off-Panel: Feeling Uncomfortable in Your Own Ethnic Skin

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“I think a lot of us go through a period where we feel like outsiders, and deal with that by wishing we were insiders. So that was the emotional core of American Born Chinese.”

I certainly can relate to what Gene Luen Yang is saying in this excellent interview.

“Having a near monolithic ethnicity, gender and sexual preference in any group of people making media is a problem. Diversity becomes marginalisedat best, or it is brushed off, or at worst, repelled. Without diverse staff it becomes impossible to know what might be a problem.”

Our very own Marcy Cook has an excellent piece over at The Mary Sue on harassment in the comics industry. Preeti and I talked about the very same subject on our podcast this week.

“The consensus is that comics sales growth has slowed after a few years of double digit gains. Although the comics industry has had some spectacular implosions in the past—notably a crash in the ‘90s following a similar pattern of relying on variants—most Summit attendees seemed to think that everyone is keeping a more watchful eye on promotions, and that this will be enough to weather the bump.”

We usually don’t talk about industry insider stuff on Panels, but if you are interested in the subject, this PW look at the state of the comics industry is pretty fascinating.

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