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Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics

Most people are familiar with Marvel's Black Panther, and some are aware of its connections to Afrofuturism, a framework to understand how the black imagination manifests visions of freedom. This virtual exhibition will explore how themes such as aesthetics, Black feminism, and community, common to Afrofuturism, shape contemporary Black comics. Beyond the Black Panther gives us a view of stories inspired by African folklore such as Is’nana the Were-Spider, science fiction adventures centered on a black female hero such as Matty’s Rocket, or vital social commentary about police violence such as I am Alfonso Jones. The MSU Museum encourages visitors to engage with this exciting topic and expand their understanding of the black speculative tradition in comics. Public programs  will include talks by comic book authors.

MSU Faculty and K-12 Educators: Please contact the Museum Education Team for more information.

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This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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