Ta-Nehesi Coates’ Between the World and Me is a sobering letter to his 15-year-old son about growing up in a country that is infected with the disease of racism but chooses to ignore the persistent symptoms. Symptoms that include the theft of black wealth and the ever present violence against black bodies.
I thought about that letter to his son as the news spread that Coates would be writing a series of comics about the beloved superhero Black Panther for Marvel. I wondered what he would say to the childhood version of himself, when armed with the news that he would be actually writing one of the comic books he immersed himself in as a child.
Black Panther was the first black superhero to appear in a mainstream American comic book. From his home base at The Atlantic, the renowned journalist and author gives a sneak peak of several panels from the first issue of the new Black Panther, goes in depth about how the artwork informed his writing process, and talks about the differences and similarities between his writing as a journalist and as a comic book writer. Whether you’re a comic book aficionado or not, this behind-the-scenes look is a must read for anyone that loves great writing in any format.
Visit The Atlantic for even more images from Black Panther 1. Below, watch and listen as Coates’ describes the challenges associated with writing one of the next chapters in Marvel history.
(Via The Atlantic)