[AniFemTalk] Black fan magic

As we reach the end of Black History Month in the US and Canada, let’s celebrate and signal-boost the contributions of black fans in English-speaking Japanese pop culture fandom.

  • Which are your favorite images from #28DaysofBlackCosplay?
  • Which black creators do you think everyone should be following on social media?
  • Which black artists create fanart and/or anime/manga-influenced art you love?
  • Which black writers in western fandom create articles you want to see read more widely?
  • Which posts about the experience of being black in Japan and/or in western fandom do you recommend?
  • Are you a black fan who wants to promote your work, recommend resources for other black fans, or simply share your experience in the comments? (Shout out to Minami Sakai, an independent manga artist who gave us an interview shortly after we launched!)

Please credit all creators and link to their own sites and/or social media accounts!

Image from Crunchyroll co-production Children of Ether from creator LeSean Thomas

 

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  • MegaCharizardXXZ

    Here is a link to my to my own fan art page http://hyenaprincess.deviantart.com.

    Here are some links to some indie Black oel manga and anime artists that I know of:

    https://www.princesslovepon.com/archives/

    http://sparklermonthly.com/shop/ebooks/chimaka-digital/

    https://www.youtube.com/user/DeadstarSeries/videos

  • Blusocket

    No comments? Really? Wow, that is…sad. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot to contribute, but I did a little research and maybe I can get the ball rolling. I know of a few black anime reviewers on youtube: BlackCriticGuy, uberhikari, and MelinaPendulum (who mostly discusses Western media but has done a video series on Sailor Moon Crystal.) There’s also the 3BlackGuys podcast which discusses anime and manga among other nerdy pursuits, and ThatBlackAnimePodcast which JUST started in January (!!!!).

    Finding black fan/artists is more challenging–there are more of them, in my experience, than bloggers, youtubers, podcasters, etc. but there aren’t any general, centralized aggregators for black content creators in anime fandom (as far as I know) and recommendation lists can be hard to find. @panacotta-cupcake on Instagram does have gorgeous, colorful, anime-inspired original art, though!!

    I really hope more people contribute and add more recommendations! This is a great discussion topic and i’m always super excited about promoting marginalized content creators in fandom.