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Faces of Color

How You Can Participate

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Because there are people who've been asking and wanting to do something in the Carnival but have been worried about time constraints, finals, homework, work projects, looking after the kids and illness - here's a handy list.

Ways to participate:

Submit an article, essay, etc of your own with link

Submit an article, essay, etc of some one else's with link
  - Bonus points for getting them to contact me giving permission to post.

Create and submit your own art with a link to it.
  - The submission needs to show PoC in a SciFi or Fantasy setting. People means faces and significant bodyparts

Submit someone else's art with a link to it.

Please see guidelines about what is a relevant article/essay link.

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Feeds (And Other Admin)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

There are currently two livejournal syndication feeds.

OfColor and SFColorCarnival.

There are some very eager people in the blogsphere and I thank you. Now does anyone know how to merge the two? If not I guess there will simply be two.

Also TheAngryBlackWoman.Com has offered to host an issue. So that's a start and makes me look forward to having a second issue.

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Da' Rules

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

For Us. By Us. About Us.



A Blog Carnival is an odd combination of e-zine and link collection. The blogsphere is large and expansive. A Carnival typically collects together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. Like a magazine it has submission deadlines, a publishing date and is posted in issues. And like a traveling carnival it moves and is hosted on individual journals and blogs.

Below are the guidelines to what types of link are eligible for the People of Color SF Carnival.

Please note due to the possible extra traffic and attention that a submission here might acrue; WE WILL NOT LINK YOU IN THE CARNIVAL WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. The issues being tracked and talked about are too important to wait for permission. There's been a rule change.

However permission is only required for Carnival submissions. If someone forwards a link to the carnival's del.ici.ous account, that link will be tagged and archived there as general information.


Eligible Submissions:


  • Posts on Science Fiction and Fantasy environments in such works as; books, comic books, television, film, if written about a person or character of color or from their perspective.


  • Posts on Science Fiction and Fantasy environments in such gaming systems as tabletop roleplaying, video console or computer games, PBEM, or Journal/PB gaming if written about a person or character of color or from their perspective.


  • Posts about visibility or lack of visibility of people of color in Science Fiction and Fantasy environments such as books, comic books, television, film or in gaming systems as tabletop roleplaying, video console or computer games, PBEM, or Journal/PB gaming.


  • Posts about how native peoples of color are portrayed in such Science Fiction and Fantasy environments


  • Posts about references (news articles etc) to native people in such Science Fiction and Fantasy environments


  • Posts written about a person color who works with or helps create books, comic books, television or film in such Science Fiction and Fantasy environments.


  • Posts written about a person color who works with or helps create gaming systems as tabletop roleplaying, video console or computer games, PBEM, or Journal/PB gaming



  • Posts that are fanfiction written about character of color or from their perspective.


  • Meta posts about fanfiction concerning the lack of presence or use of the Characters of Color in media fandom / livejournal fandom.


  • Posts about conventions appearances with actors of color from SciFi / Fantasy TV Shows or Movies.


  • Posts about events pertaining to People of Color in SciFi/Fantasy.


  • Posts linking to news and announcements that are specifically about Persons of Color in the SF community.


  • Discussion posts or rants about science fiction/fantasy news from or about persons or characters of color (Example SciFi's intent to produce EarthSea, or a new actor/character for the tv show Heroes)


  • Analysis or rants about tv shows or movies without characters of color from the perspective of a person of color


  • Posts of a relevant comic or an illustration or other artwork pertaining to Characters of Color in SF


The links accepted and used in a Carnival are at the sole discretion of that issue's host-editor. However, the host-editor's style and presentation, of the links and any information about what they discuss, is subject to review prior to posting.

There is only one exception to the link rule - The Wanted Section.



The Wanted Section:

In creating this Carnival hours were spent trying to get information about Illustrators of Color who did SF&F art. A couple of things were found among YA and Children's Books. But these weren't always in a SF theme. The Wanted Section is always open for any links to galleries, private or public or to illustrators of color preferably depicting people of color. In general permission is not needed from the creator in order to promote them here, but per link/image good judgement should apply.

Submissions to The Wanted Section should be headed up with that title. Host-editors are always to put up any links to People of Color SF art in The Wanted Section, under that header. Any extra links and information should be forwarded to the next host.

A simple hour of looking for an illustrator might turn up a link that helps inspire someone to continue making art that makes us visible. It's possibly the easiest way to participate in the Carnival. And some images may end up under our rotating 'Faces of Color'.

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Why A Carnival?

Monday, May 7, 2007

Because Lt. Uhura should have had more lines. (ST: TOS)

Because Kevin Sorbo was jealous of Keith Hamilton Cobb and wrote him out. (Andromeda)

Because among other butchery, the SciFi Channel made Ged white. (EarthSea)

Because Forrest was a plot point and Graham was an extra. (Btvs)

Because Ronon Dex is not a savagely sexual wild man. (SGA)

Because Aiden Ford deserved better. (SGA)

Because Goliath showed up only to get killed. (Marvel: CW)

Because Vixen should have been more than the other woman. (JLU)

Because Carl Lumbly should be remembered for MANTIS.

Because Milestone Media deserved more love.

Because there should be more shows like Afro Saumrai

Because there should be more heroines like Jade and Juniper Lee.

Because Bianca Lawson tried out for the role of Cordelia Chase instead of Kendra. (BtVS)

Because Pete Ross drowned in a sea of nothingness (Smallville)

Because it can feel isolating among other journalers and bloggers.

Because it could encourage other People of Color to speak up more.

Because there are illustrators of color who don't get to put faces like theirs on the front of a SF book.

Can you think of more reasons? I'm sure you can.

PoC SF Carnival: We Exist. And We Are Not Invisible

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