This first chat was accidental. I didn’t begin tweeting about the latinx identity or creating the #BeingLatinxInComics hashtag with the intention of gaining a lot of attention or pursuing it further. I was simply working on a new article about the latinx identity in comics at the time, and decided to tweet about it. I wanted some other opinions to help get my brain going, and suddenly there was an entire discussion happening around me.
That first chat was an amazing experience. Discussing the latinx identity, especially with other latinx fans, was an amazing feeling for me. As I grow older, I grow more proud of my afro-latinx – and boricua – identity. I continue to attempt to learn more about my ancestry, my culture, and my people to better understand that identity. So I can better understand myself, and my family. My cultural and racial identity are very important to me; my identity is a source of pride in the face of great continuing adversity.
I hope that #BeingLatinxInComics can be a place where like-minded fans can discuss the various facets of the latinx identity, and non-latinx can learn a bit more about our culture and people.
In the initial chat, it was a mix of personal research, and branching discussion. We discussed how whitewashed latinxs are in comics, the erasure of our identities, and how many characters are latinx in name only.
The second follow-up chat was really a spur of the moment decision for me from riding high off the amazing response to the first chat. I decided to narrow this chat down a bit and see if a discussion about a single character’s latinx identity could work. The second chat was all about Miles Morales and how the writing for him, so far, has failed his latinx identity along with suggestions of what latinx writers could possibly write for him. To my surprise the chat was even more active than the previous one and by the end of it I knew I wanted to make this a continuing occurrence.
The #BeingLatinxInComics isn’t about negativity, it’s about discussion. Discussion which will include criticism (sometimes even harsh) of how these characters are written and portrayed in comics. But my goal for the hashtag is to also highlight latinx voices in the comic industry, give latinx fans a chance to share their thoughts and opinions, and hopefully educate non-latinxs on the latinx identity.
For future #BeingLatinxInComics chats, I will try hosting them once a month, at the end of each month, with a specific topic in mind. I’m trying to decide whether to have a monthly poll to decide the next month’s topic, or simply decide them for myself. Dates will have to be flexible due to my job and school, but the goal is to host a chat on the last Saturday of every month.
I hope everyone is as excited as I am to continue the #BeingLatinxInComics chats. I look forward to future discussions with both latinx and non-latinx fans. I hope others can learn from this, that overlooked latinx creators can be highlighted through this, and we all can have a good time expressing our feelings regarding the latinx identity. See you later this month for the #BeingLatinxInComics chat!
Want to read the first #BeingLatinxInComics chat? Check out the storify below!
So this is the beginning of what I hope to make an on-going hashtag of what it’s like #BeingLatinxInComics and how comics can improve latinx representation. The hashtag can be both a source of constructive criticism and celebration of latinx characters in comics.
The topic of this months #BeingLatinxInComics chat was Miles Morales’ Latinx identity (or lack of)! Culture, language, and the importance of Latinx creators was discussed. Stay tuned for next months chat!
Other Latinx chats to check out are #LatinxNerds monthly chats! They cover a wide range of topics and are hosted by a great group!