Off-Panel: Sana Amanat, the Shonda Rhimes of Comics

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is hands down, the most fashionable movie of the year, inspiring sneaker collaborations, beauty products and heels. So it’s not surprising that high-end designers are joining the force as well, with a new collaboration between 10 designers and Bloomingdale’s, in a charitable initiative called “Force 4 Fashion.””

I am here for many, many Star Wars things, but high fashion? My initial response was, “Erm,” until I looked at the designs, which are pretty damn cool.

“As a woman and a Pakistani American, Amanat has made it her mission to redefine what is possible for women and people of color in an industry dominated by white men.”

“Men, especially straight white ones who read comic books, enjoy building exclusivity around the things they love.”

This is a great profile of Panels favorite Sana Amanat. (Sorry for the two quotes—I couldn’t pick which I liked better!)

“One of the big selling points of comic books is that they give us heroes to look up to and want to be like. They show us possibilities. They show us dreams and wishes. Not being able to see yourself in those dreams, wishes and possibilities can really have an effect on you, especially if you’re a younger reader. When readers are told that none of the heroes look like them, it can seem like it’s impossible to be a hero. That’s why representation is important. It allows us to see a brighter future for ourselves and to set out for that future. For trans readers, that representation has been almost nonexistent until recent years.”

This is a great review of transgender characters in comics.

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