It’s day three 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: Roxxy Haze
You’ve probably seen one of her many viral posts on Facebook or Twitter and laughed. The multi-talented entertainer sings, cosplays, acts and is a comedian. Now she’s expanding her resume to include comic book writer.
Haze is the perfect mix of theatre kid and blerd—lots of musical, whimsical references with a fun, Black nerdy mix. She’s been able to build her fans by just being her funny self at festivals and conventions.
Her latest comic which will be in the upcoming anthology, Noir Is The New Black! slated to drop this month. The graphic novel will include dozens of Black writers, artists and letterers who collectively came together and created a noir themed book where Black writers created a variety if stories that fit into the noir style.
Noir is a type of storytelling that usually includes mystery, crime and stories where morals can or will be challenged. Most associate noir with old school black and white movies like Humphrey Bogart.
From the Kickstarter of Noir Is The New Black!
Black Noir maybe the world’s best kept secret in entertainment. A variation on the Noir fiction genre popularized by writers like Dashiell Hammett or Mikey Spillane. Except Black Noir blends this classic style with an African American point of view. A unique and powerful perspective brought to modern literature by authors such as Walter Mosley, Chester Himes or Paula L.Woods. In movies too, the Black Noir genre proved very popular, from the late 1960s to the 21st century. And while, many of these early movies, like Shaft, Sweet Sweetback’s Badassss Song (both,1971), Cool Breeze (1972) or any Pam Grier movie, were often part of the so-called “Blaxploitation wave”, the most recent efforts have put black moviemakers in charge of their own creations. Directors like John Singleton, Carl Franklin, F.Gary Gray and, of course, Spike Lee have explored the Black Noir genre in many interesting ways. Where do comic books stand in the midst of all this?