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Watch Racebending’s ComicCon 2012 Panel!

July 31, 2012

At ComicCon 2012, Racebending.com hosted our second annual panel, titled Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations. Check out the complete video of the panel on our YouTube channel, or click on the embedded video below:

Racebending’s panel was also covered by Entertainment Weekly, Bleeding Cool Comics, Tor.com, ToonZone, Mission Valley News, and PopMatters.

“Racebending.com convened their first panel at 2011 Comic Con in the wake of the casting travesty that occurred on Avatar: The Last Airbender. This year they continue the conversation.”
Entertainment Weekly

“All and all the panel was lively, intelligent, well moderated and well attended. Even in the light of some of the more depressing stories shared among panel members, the number of attendees signaled that while things may be bad, they are getting better. People at Comic Con are interested in things besides exclusive expensive plastic and getting a peek at a confused film star.”
Bleeding Cool Comics

“If there’s one theme that seems to be emerging at SDCC—not just in the panels, but in the convention as a whole—it’s the tension between what we’ll call the “mainstream” and what lies outside of it—the indies, the marginalized, the outliers…The Racebending panel coalesced around this theme when the conversation got to the question of how increased diversity is integrated into the mainstream.”

“The panel was a fantastic and informative exploration of racial culture in mainstream media. Instead of slides, cartoons, or movie/TV previews, the Racebending panelists discussed their own experiences as minorities in their respective industries.”
Mission Valley News

“With that, the panel concluded. You could definitely sense the frustration of the panelists and audience throughout the discussion, because who wouldn’t be in the same situation? There was, however, a clear message that things were changing, albeit slowly and that it was important to continue all efforts to increase diversity.”

Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations

Thursday July 12, 2012 10:00am – 11:00am @ Room 23ABC

Creators and artists are developing engrossing characters from underrepresented groups. Panelists from different mediums will discuss their creative processes and how can fans support their diversity efforts. Featuring novelist and comic book writer Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, The Hunter Kiss), video game writer David Gaider (Dragon Age, Bauldur’s Gate II), comic book writer Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury, Voltron), showrunner and screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), writer Sarah Kuhn (One Con Glory, Chicks Dig Comics), and Comic-Con special guest author N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms); moderated by Racebending.com.

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  • crazy MMer

    awesome! couldn’t have agreed more with the panelists.

    now it’s time to take action and do something.

    no more of those BS racist t-shirts which directly translate into 30 days sentence for Danny Chen’s tormentors.

    • happyappa

      Thank you Racebending. It was interesting to watch, and nice they mentioned the ~mystical Chinatown~ episode, like on every CSI series, it’s getting old.

      When racist shirts are made and people find them amusing and say, “Hey, this is just a shirt, it’s funny, no big deal! Get a grip,” it makes it seem like racism is OK. Just recently a shirt came out that said “G**ks of Hazzard” with two Asian guys in a car… (maybe what you are mainly referring to) how does someone even allow it to be made? How stupid is it that this shirt comes out at about the same time Chen’s tormentor gets off easy? I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the jury members for that trial owned one. Holcomb is a sick freak that deserved to rot in jail.

  • happyappa

    I just saw the Oldboy remake casting call (originally South Korean) and they call for most of the actors to be Caucasian, except for the African American “shlubby” businessman, drug addict “nutcase”, Asian “exotic” beauty who does martial arts, and Latin thug. Let me guess, this takes place in America so they automatically cast the majority of actors as White, or in the main roles, or positive ones, as White. Its source is South Korean and they’re only casting one Asian lady in some stupid stereotypical role? See here for more info – http://blog.angryasianman.com/2012/08/oldboy-remake-casting-call.html

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