Ridout explains the successes and failures of diversity in comic books

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On September 26, The LINK librarian Patrick Ridout presented his presentation titled “To Reflect the Current World: Marvel and DC’s push for Diversity.”

A large number of students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The video above is his complete talk with the question and answer discussion that followed. For a more detailed description of the talk, see below.

Comics have gone through some growing pains in the past few years. With a broader push for diversity in all forms of media, comics – particularly Marvel and DC – have created a greater focus on their efforts to become diverse. Since around 2010, we have seen a resurgence of old forgotten characters, and a surge of new diverse characters from all walks of life. How have these pushes and efforts succeeded? How have they stumbled along the way?

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