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Faces of Color

Faces of Colour

Friday, May 16, 2008

When I think Asian, art and SF I'm more than likely to end up thinking of Manga first, then the various free-to-play massive multiplayer online role playing games; Perfect World for example; then Manwha and modern wuxia stories. I'm less likely to think about Super Hero comics.

Jubilee doesn't have that many fans. Betsy Braddock was originally white. And as for Asian Males? Does anyone actually remember Sunfire?

... Ok, apparently some folks remembered him long enough to kick him up and down M-Day. But my point still stands.

That's why I was so delighted when I realized that the key characters in The Imaginaries were Asian. And that's also why I was so disappointed on reading the last installment almost a month ago and realizing that in this last issue (#4) those key characters had no longer been drawn Asian.

So I emailed the creator. His name and email addy were up on the site and I really wanted to know if I'd read things correctly. It turns out I had. But my follow up email asking if there would be a) more Imaginaries and b) more Imaginaries drawn with the key characters looking Asian didn't get a reply.

Still I heartily recommend reading the initial series, even if the art in the last issue is likely to break your heart at the sudden erasure of a powerful, Japanese superhero and even if New Beginings suggests that the characters are now Caucasian, permanently.

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