Since I’m doing a Black Creators countdown this month, I didn’t have time to do spotlights on black-created comics like I normally like to do in February. Instead, though, I asked the nifty comic book writer Regine L. Sawyer to do some spotlights on fellow black women members of her Women In Comics NYC Collective. Enjoy! – BC
Dr. Sheena C. Howard is the Immediate Past Chair of the Black Caucus (NCA) and Associate Professor of Communication at Rider University. In 2014, she entered the Comic Book Industry in a way that every seasoned professional dreams about; Her first book, a collection of essays, titled ‘Black Comics: Politics of Race & Representations’ broke barriers that year by not only winning an Eisner Award, (which is the equivalent of the ‘Oscars’ in Comics), but making her the first Black Woman to ever receive that honor in its 28 year history.
The focus of ‘Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation’ centers on the exploration of Black Cartoonists using creative means to promote activism and culture during an era in which racism was blatant and prevalent. By choosing to write this academic dissertation on comics, Sheena sheds light on how the comic book medium has been stigmatized throughout the years as lacking scholarly merit yet simultaneously asserts its inherent literary and educational value.
Sheena is the author of several other books as well, such as: Black Queer Identity Matrix (2014) and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (2014).
She also is a Filmmaker, Producer and Director; her documentary ‘Remixing Colorblind’, which is set to debut in late February 2016, is ‘a complex study of higher education and how it shapes our perceptions of race’. In addition to that, she is a frequent Huffington Post contributor. To learn more about her work, check out her website: http://sheenachoward.com/