Some Amazing Cartoonists Give Pointers On Writing Characters of Color

We all want to see more characters of color in books and stories — but for a white writer, getting these characters right can feel like an impossible challenge. You want to avoid stereotypes, but you don't want these characters to feel like white people with non-European names. So what do you do? » 10/02/14 12:07pm 10/02/14 12:07pm

Must-Watch Speech: Why Creators Mustn't Fear Writing Diverse Characters

Fear can be a healthy thing for a creator. Fear can drive writers and artists to strive to be their best, but as cartoonist and writer Gene Luen Yang points out in this thoughtful speech, it can sometimes prevent creators from writing characters with different backgrounds—and that's a shame. » 9/05/14 11:23am 9/05/14 11:23am

When will the Marvel Cinematic Universe become more diverse?

Marvel has been making waves this last week with the revelation of a new Female Thor, as well as the mantle of Captain America being taken up by black superhero Sam Wilson. It's great to see increased diversity from them - but when will we see this sort of thing in Marvel Movies? » 7/17/14 11:29am 7/17/14 11:29am

A Dr. McNinja video game, a Star Trek jazz album, and a fairy tale…

Looking for a few projects to fund this week? We've got some intriguing projects still searching for some generous patrons: a video game based on The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, an album filled with Star Trek jazz covers, a collection of racially diverse fantasy artwork, and a Grimm Fairy Tale animated series, with… » 4/15/12 12:00pm 4/15/12 12:00pm

R.I.P. L.A. Banks, author of bestselling vampire novels

Leslie Esdaile Banks, who died yesterday, should be an inspiration to writers everywhere — she successfully moved between the genres of fantasy, paranormal romance, crime fiction, African American fiction, and women's fiction, among others. And she also helped bring diversity to the worlds of fantasy and paranormal… » 8/04/11 6:30am 8/04/11 6:30am