A comic titan, professor, and mother to a newborn, Dr. Sheena Howard is defying her wildest dreams.
As hundreds of thousands of fans gather at New York Comic Con, Howard will bring her perspective to the comic industry on panels that focus on women in comics, diversity, and on “Combining Hip-Hop and Comics Culture.”
Howard, the 2014 recipient of the Eisner Award, said she initially approached comics as an academic because of the role it could play in the political space. “It was such a journey to study comics from an academic perspective and have people not believe in me…that when I won the award it took me by such shock to be recognized,” Howard told NBC News.
She has examined comics such as “The Boondocks” as a Ph.D. student at Howard University and said it’s essential to bring that sort of commentary to her creative endeavors.
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