“A good idea is never in the minority”
Was my smile inducing thought when I opened twitter today to view Ga-Congressman John Lewis’s San Diego Comic Con cosplay photo.
The 1960’s civil rights warrior who defied oppression and withstood inhumane abuse on the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and who director Ava DuVernay cinematically immortalized in the award winning film Selma, made a move that let me know we shared an idea that time has come. Specifically, comic book art and aesthetic are timely ways of teaching history.
”We have told the story in many ways to many different audiences. but this is an attempt to reach hundreds, thousands, and millions of young people. And people not so young.”Congressman John Lewis.
What we are experiencing is a nuance in expression. Honorable and righteous defiance to oppression, abuse, and straight up disrespect is now hoorayed, conveyed, displayed and portrayed with a super hero aesthetic. More importantly, the wisest and realest among us recognize the edification value in using comic art as the prime medium for depicting history and history in the making. I muse at the idea that perhaps the upcoming Onxycon, ECBACC, and DragonCon cosplay events will be attended by costumers with a fetish for righteously heroic history makers. Or maybe, Party City might hawk Bree Newsome and James Tyson costumes in time for Halloween. Hell, I wouldn’t be mad if it came with a Confederate Flag for repeated at home removal reenactments.