Yup. It’s another long one!
Let’s start with the disclaimer. The following represents the opinions of Me as an individual and not Me as a representative of CCI, where I have been on volunteer staff for many years.
For quite a few people the primary leave-behind of The Black Panel was not the news that Blokhedz landed a deal at Simon & Schuster, nor the news that Urban Ministries, Inc. launched the Guardian Line, a collective of comics aimed at the Christian market, and hired a black woman to write one (or more?) of its books.
What clouds that panel is the ignominious treatment of a female audience member by certain of the panelists. For me, the secondary stunner was the message delivered by the level of gender-based creator cluelessness on display by another panelist’s wearying myopia. And the continued attacks against her and anyone else who has expressed doubts? Not helped the cause much.
Because this is even longer than the longish ones, and I’ve gotten complaints about letting the long ones go up without a break, this ONE time I'm going to capitulate. The rest is under the jump.