Celebrate #28DaysOfBlackGirlsInComics with sociologist, author, poet, visual artist and comic book writer Eve L. Ewing.
It’s day eighteen of #28DaysOfBlackGirlsInComics and it’s exciting to see people thrilled to see this type of content. Let’s get right into it!
Support Black girls in comics: Eve L. Ewing
Publisher’s Weekly called Eve L. Ewing “A versatile, deeply perceptive, and imaginative thinker dedicated to the revolutionary potential of art”. Ewing is a sociologist and writer from Chicago. Her many works include the poetry collection 1919 and nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. Furthermore, Studio 360 called her “the Zora Neale Hurston” of her generation. But don’t take their word for it, let Ewing’s awards and honors from 2011 to this year in 2021 tell you.
Ewing’s Work in Marvel Comics
In addition to her other writing, Ewing made significant contributions to Marvel Comics and her work on Riri Williams. She wrote Ironheart 1-12, Marvel Team-Up 1-3, Outlawed, and Champions 1-5. Ewing also co-wrote Fearless #2 and Marvel #1000. Most certainly, her work on Ironheart is essential. That is to say, it allows Riri Williams to be written by a fellow Black woman, and one of similar awesomeness. Ewing may not be a technological inventor like Williams, but her expertise of sociology and command of language makes her, too, a force to be reckoned with. And thus, don’t sleep on Riri Williams, and don’t sleep on Ewing.
Be on the lookout for Ewing’s first book for young reader’s, Maya and the Robot, coming in summer 2021 by Kokila Books. Ewing is also currently working on her next book: The (Mis)education of Black and Native Children and the Construction of American Racism by One World.