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Oshun Honey--Page 01

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The first page in Oshun Honey #1.

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WHAT IS OSHUN HONEY? This comic book was part of a research project for UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender (CRG). I started it so that I would have an excuse to draw (I spend too much time studying for math exams). This comic book aims to answer the question of “how do Black women want to be represented as superheroes?”

Today's comics don't really answer that question. Few major comics even have Black women characters. In academia, though, Grace Gipson's work at Georgia State University (and her recent work as a Ph.D student at UC Berkeley) gives an in-depth answer, but it's long and hard to read for non-academics. This comic relies on Gipson's survey of many Black women students at GSU, which asked them to create their own superheroines. Those surveyed made highly detailed characters, complete with descriptions of appearance, powers, back-stories, and villains. I had a chance to speak with Gipson, and we selected three of the most interesting characters to star in this story. These three are Eclipse, Oshun Honey, and Alana the Black Warrior Princess.

I hope you enjoy this story.

WRITER, ARTIST and LETTERER: Morgan Randall

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Grace Gipson and the CRG staff, for making this project possible!

My website:
escher33.weebly.com

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