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  • heroes.

  • We will have them inspiring figures who push us to be all that we can be.

  • These heroes can come in many forms celebrities, political icons, religious figures, even family members or teachers.

  • For me, these heroes could be found in comic books.

  • Through comic books.

  • I can experience endless adventures and allow my imagination to run wild.

  • And I am not alone.

  • Just over 10 years ago, QuickBooks for a struggling, nearly bankrupt industry that had to sell off the right to its most popular characters just to stay afloat.

  • Now it's a multibillion dollar franchise that regularly smashes box office records that the cinema has launched hundreds of YouTube channels and frequently sparks online debates between thousands with over six million daily readers.

  • In the US alone, comic books are an integral part of modern pop culture on their impact cannot be ignored.

  • Comic books offer their readers the chance to escape from the mundane reality of today.

  • The exciting possibility of tomorrow, and this applies doubly so, too young readers whose heroes are by far the start of the show, heroes like Wonder Woman, Superman or Captain America embody or what we wish we could be whether that's an uncompromising commitment to justice, unwavering optimism or simply the belief in being a good person.

  • It is these powerful allegories on embodied principles that attracts so many readers, including myself, to comic books every day.

  • My first introduction to comic books was years ago now when an uncle bought me a video game based off the popular comic book character off Batman.

  • From there, I moved quickly into the film franchise is fascinated by the realism focused angle off the Nolan trilogy of Batman films.

  • Then, finally, I embraced the roots of the genre, the crazy, insane world of comic books drawn in by the ship possibilities for storytelling that now lay within my reach.

  • I remember my first time in a comic book shop issues and volumes lining every wall, being overcome by a sense of just wondrous curiosity, the feeling that I'd stepped into an entirely new world that was now mine to discover I was absorbing as much of this world's I could whenever I could.

  • But as I got older and as I read, I began to feel like something was missing.

  • I was absorbing as much of this new world as I could but was struggling to find a character with whom I could relate to on a deeper level, and I still haven't my heroes have been failing me.

  • This industry pulls in new fans just like myself every day.

  • But the characters presented in this medium relatable on a deeper level.

  • This is what I call inclusivity, and without it, a story falls apart.

  • After all, what use is a story if no everyone can relate to it as a member of the LGBT Q plus community, I've always valued the feeling of inclusivity, the feeling that I could see myself in, a character presented within the media.

  • But I never felt like that character had to be a white bisexual mail for me to properly relate this to me is the difference between diversity and inclusivity.

  • Within the media.

  • A character isn't relatable just because they're diverse.

  • The same as a character isn't relatable because they're white or straight.

  • This is something the industries have failed to recognize.

  • There have been some successes, however, in achieving both diversity and inclusivity.

  • One such example is Batwoman, a lesbian vigilante, D.

  • C's first lesbian superhero to headline a comic book transcended her original purpose of being created as a love interest for Batman in 1956.

  • This was done in a somewhat ironic attempt to dissuade accusations of homosexual themes within the Batman comic books.

  • At the time, however, after being relaunched in 2006 a character has undergone massive changes, becoming the strong and independent character that readers know in love today.

  • Another example of inclusion done right is the Muslim hero Kamala Khan, a k a Ms Marvel.

  • She is now a firm fan favorite due to her youthful optimism and groundbreaking achievement for being the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic book we feel included.

  • When we can relate to these characters on a deep personal level, it is the variety of their storytelling that makes them inclusive.

  • The stories they're able to tell these have ranged in their comics from Ms Marvel dealing with high school or various supervillain plots, or Batwoman dealing with her father.

  • The same goes for the X Men.

  • They're inclusive and popular because they have still is a metaphor for the same feelings of exclusion and persecution that everyone's faced on at least some level for decades, it is the variety of their journeys and storytelling that makes them inclusive.

  • They are not just defined by their differences, but instead they are well rounded and complex.

  • This is a key factor that I believe publishers have missed in their recent attempts to modernize.

  • Diversity is not a short cut to inclusivity One recent failed attempt, this shortcut took place in 2015.

  • The corporate publisher Marvel decided to launch a new branding initiative called All New All Different Marvel.

  • This was coming right after a reboot that many fans felt was unnecessary and poorly executed, as such enthusiasm was already lacking for this new initiative.

  • But I only continue to drain as Marvel made what were, at least in my opinion, massive inclusivity blunders.

  • These included swapping out characters rather than creating new, interesting and unique ones with an inclusive range of backgrounds such as Ms Marvel.

  • Some examples would be they swapped our Iron Man for a teenage African American girl hulk for an Asian teenager and thaw with a woman suffering from cancer.

  • These swap ins or stories were all great individually and modernized the characters but marvels decision to implement them all at once appeared is simply, ah, wholesale sprinkling of diversification and alienated many fans from the power of these narratives.

  • This was precisely the opposite of what Marvel had intended with this new initiative, and I believe it was due to reactions like mine when reading comic books over the past couple years, I didn't feel included.

  • I felt marginalized.

  • To me.

  • It seemed like Marvel was simply responding to criticism, creating diverse characters for the sake of diversity and taking the easy route.

  • Despite all of this, the responsibility to embrace true, authentic inclusivity does not lie solely with the publishers.

  • Writers and artists have the hardest role to play.

  • It's their responsibility to create these inclusive characters and to write these story lines and not be afraid to push boundaries when it comes to reflecting their audience.

  • And that's where it's the publisher's job.

  • They've got to give these creative teams the freedom they need to explore these new perspectives.

  • And then there's us, the fans, the ones who read and buy comics.

  • It's our responsibility to embrace this inclusivity.

  • It's with our consumer power on our purchases that we can let the industry know when they're doing something right.

  • We must embrace true, authentic inclusivity and accept that an industry must evolve to survive.

  • And for comic books that evolution is going to come in the form of characters.

  • So many fans switched off or disconnected from material, sometimes without even trying it.

  • And this was because they didn't like seeing their favorite characters being replaced.

  • So please writers, artists, editors and, of course, the fans.

  • Everyone in the industry we all love, embrace true, authentic inclusivity and be as brave as the heroes we aspire to be.

  • Thank you.



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失敗的英雄:為什麼多元化不如包容勇敢? (Failing Heroes: Why Diversity Isn’t As Brave As Inclusion | Isaac Glover | TEDxZurich)

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