Essayist

The Nerds of Color

Being Latinx in Comics: Ignorance, Erasure, Whitewashing, Oh My! – 2016

“What does it mean to be Latinx in comics?

It’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a while now. Growing up snatching up whatever scraps of Latinx representation I could even if it meant settling for stereotypes, whitewashing, secondary character status (if lucky), and their stories ending in death. This is a plight many fans of color and other marginalized peoples can relate to. In comics, Latinx characters are often Latinx in name only, Spanish characters being positioned or promoted as Latinx characters, whitewashed, or having their Latinx identities erased.”

Let’s Talk About Romani Characters in Comics – 2016

“To first understand why the lack of Romani representation is an important issue, we have to understand who the Romani people are. For many — including myself — because of this overall lack of representation, there comes an overall prevalence of ignorance regarding who the Romani people are, what their struggles are, and what their actual culture is.”

Erased and Ignored: Dick Grayson’s Rromani Identity Comes to Light – 2017

“So there’s been a lot of fan interest in a Nightwing/Dick Grayson-centric media property for a long while. Now with Warner Bros. making it official, fans are eagerly awaiting to see who will put on the black and blue suit as our hero. All the talk about who can, and should, play Dick Grayson on the big screen has also brought up the truth behind Dick’s heritage in comics canon.

That truth being Dick Grayson is part Rromani.”

The Disappointing Truth About Supergirl’s Maggie Sawyer – 2016

“There would have been a lot of positivity gained by having Maggie Sawyer be a lesbian Latina woman fighting aliens and evil corporate masterminds on Supergirl alongside Alex Danvers and the other Supergirl characters. She would have acted as a much needed addition to positive depictions of queer Latinx characters in our media.

But she isn’t.”

Women Write About Comics

The Killing Joke: Starring Barbara Gordon, 2015

“Barbara Gordon is not a character in The Killing Joke. Commissioner Gordon, Batman, and the Joker are the only real characters in the story. We get insight on the Joker’s background, how his one “bad day” created the monster that he became, and how a simple turn of events twisted him inside out into the painted face laughing man. Gordon is the moral fiber of Gotham, one of the few good people left in a city that is rotting from the inside out. He has no mask, just his force of will to be good. Batman knows this. It’s why he has such high respect for Gordon, and why the Commissioner is one of Batman’s few trusted allies. They have their goodness; their moral centers that are meant to make them better, to make them heroes.

Barbara Gordon has a bullet in her stomach.”

Kurama: The Foxy Demon of My Dreams, 2016

Yu Yu Hakusho is not a necessarily good show, but I still love it with all my heart. Even after all the other anime and western media I’ve consumed, Yu Yu Hakusho’s ridiculous and earnest attitude still gets me. Furthermore, Kurama still remains one of my all-time favorite characters in any medium.”

InuYasha’s Kagome Higurashi Deserved a Better Feudal Fairy Tale, 2015

“Recently Netflix has added InuYasha, a popular anime that aired in the early 2000’s, to their anime roster. For many people–especially if you were a ’90s kid–InuYasha was a part of your anime experience growing up. It was hugely popular, and still is today. Rumiko Takahashi’s influence on the anime industry is well documented and respected both here and in Japan. I decided to rewatch the series in part due to nostalgia and to see if I could let go of some of the more bitter feelings I had about the show’s progression and the development of the main character, Kagome Higurashi.”

Review: Starfire #1: The Orange Alien Princess has Arrived, 2015

“When it was announced that the popular Tamaranian princess Koriand’r, aka Starfire, was getting her own ongoing title penned by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti of Harley Quinn fame, plus was getting a rocking new costume designed by Conner herself, I nearly cried I was so excited. Starfire has been one of my favorite comic book characters since I first watched the original Teen Titans cartoon show in 2003. Starfire gained a lot of popularity from Teen Titans, as did Cyborg – who has his own upcoming series to be released in July. While her cartoon counterpart initially drew me to the character, it was her time spent as a member of the New Teen Titans, written primarily by George Perez, that made me love her. Conner and Palmiotti are able to pull off a combination of her pre-Nu52 personality and her cartoon-inspired persona from Teen Titans. The result being a very fun, loving, and open Starfire that shined on-page thanks to the vibrant artwork of Emanuela Lupacchino, inking by Ray McCarthy, and coloring by Hi-Fi.”

Starfire’s New Costume: A Reflection of Her History and Personality, 2015

“If you haven’t heard the news about Starfire getting a much needed costume update—not to mention her own on-going series by powerhouse team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, of Harley Quinn fame, along with Emanuela Lupacchino—then buckle up because I’m going to break it down for you.”