Purr-fection: Getting Your Black Panther Fix

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Marveling at Cambridge's New England Comics Catalog

NeighborMedia stopped by New England Comic's Harvard Square location to ask what they anticipate in terms of customer traffic after the opening weekend of the Disney release of Marvel comics Black Panther. New England Comics is located at 14A Eliot St, Cambridge, MA. Neighbor Media journalist Maurice Wilkey stopped by for a few minutes to interview with Hannah, New England Comic's store manager of their Harvard Square location.

Hannah is the store manager and she has an extensive knowledge of comic market share leaders Marvel and DC Comics. Hannah shared her more than 14 years of comic and graphic illustration expertise to not only reveal Black Panther's first introduction though the Fantastic Four in 1966, but how non-collectors can thoroughly enjoy the new and past releases of Marvel first major super hero of color. Fans of author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will be happy to know he lent his literary writing abilities to Marvel's latest comic book edition of the super hero king from Wakanda. Hannah reveals how the Coates written version preceded the promotion and release of the major motion picture and fans are looking for his first written edition.

She also let Neighbor Media on a sweet free opportunity. There are even free comic book preview options for first time readers interested in checking out the comic book. At last count, Marvel's Black Panther is setting box office records for an opening weekend. Numerous tickets were pre-purhcased online and numbers of community organizations plan to be in attendance during the school vacation week. It is important to note in recent years media images of African Americans in comic books have increased, but they are still not as abundant as their more Euro-centric counterparts in both the pop cultural movie screen or in comics. A movie such as Black Panther, a superhero movie with a majority African American cast - also a rarity - could change several motion picture studios and publishers focused spending during the next few months depending how it does at the bottom line cash register.

Hannah shared numerous bright spots including a thriving comic scene in the Cambridge/Somerville area as well as a multitude of Marvel and DC Comics illustrators with ties right here in the Massachusetts and Greater Boston area. She also shared how today's comics are going in diverse and unchartered directions from reinforcement of positive self image, self-confidence, and re-booting classic comics in a many fun directions for readers. Fans of comics from Marvel to DC, and everything in between, can find something interesting at New England Comics. And during February's Black History Month , there is a special vibrant display with unique comics covering not always well known on famous real life heroes like Congressman and Civil Rights activist John Lewis, and a funky hip hop history lesson themed comic collection.

Hannah said how its not uncommon for many parents to stop by her store with their children usually after major movies to pass along how certain comics influenced their childhood and hope to do the same for them as well.

Even if you are not interested in Black Panther, you should pounce on the opportunity to be an adult-kid, or human-superhuman.