Good day, everyone. I hope your weeks continue to go well. With all of our new contributors working up quality posts for the blog, I thought it was high time I also began working on more substantial content. Currently, I have the germ of an idea for a new column I’d like to work on, and it will be expansive in its scope.
I’ll go ahead and throw out there that I want to begin using my knowledge of the medium and its market(s) to address the growing concerns over the issue of diversity in comic books. My general approach to the topic will tend to follow one of three paths–pointing out and drawing outsider attention to the diversity that is already present, suggesting pragmatic methods for addressing the issue, and discussing why forcing diversity too quickly could ultimately be counter-productive. As time goes on, I’d like to extend this methodology to other media and genres as well.
Before this column even begins, let me be clear on one detail: I am most certainly in favor of encouraging the growth of diversity in Nerd Culture. I recognize, though, that forced change is the most actively resisted, as well as the most artificial form it can take. I want to entertain the idea of strong, persistent growth over time and see how that might solve the problem.
Let me know your thoughts on this idea for a column and its proposed methodology below. Expect the first entry sometime in the next week.