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Kingdom Come – Enter The Black Panther

Kingdom Come – Enter The Black Panther


With roughly a month remaining before Marvel’s highly anticipated blockbuster, Black Panther hits national theatres I can’t help but think of how crazy a time this is for something that has been for so long a dream for by so many. I look at the various reactions across social media, the tweets of joy, the Facebook posts organizing movie screenings all across the nation and it’s a powerful moment.

I see this building hype in momentum in two vital parts. First and foremost I saw this from the position of a near lifelong comic book fan who wondered if such a film would ever be created. The question of if the Black Panther would ever make it to the big screen and why had he not made it there  yet has been on the minds and on the lips of comic book fans for years. So, for many of us, this is a dream come true. This is a long time request, hell a demand finally being realized.


On the flip side, you have the contingent that is excited that we are seeing an all-black powerhouse cast put together with no expenses being spared for essentially what folks have dubbed The Blackest movie ever created. Yes there’s a whole lot of black in that last statement. It’s a lot of black, blackity black, the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice, once you go black you never go back. Anything that you can imagine that encompasses the joy and the pride of being black within this world is being showcased right now through the presentation of Black Panther.

For many, it’s much bigger than just a really good comic book being turned into a movie. This is a chance for people for a race of people that have forever and always contributed creativity created art and push culture to the limits each and every day finally getting something that showcases just how Grand are people are. An All-Star once in a lifetime cast no expenses being spared the Black Panther is.


As I look at these two sides preparing for the release of this film I don’t want the moment to be lost solely on the Black Panther. Don’t get me wrong, the story of the Black Panther in itself is amazing but for those who did not come up in the comic book world who were not begging for this movie 10 years ago, I want you to stop and take a second to add some perspective. Google it yourself, talk to your comic geeks’ friends and get familiar with the history of Black characters in the comic world. It’ll add even more joy to the moment. Learn about Indie legends like Brotherman, trendsetters like Milestone, learn how Dwayne McDuffie made Jon’s Stewart’s Green Lantern the face of the Green Lanterns to millions of kids via the Justice League Cartoon. Do the knowledge of Luke Cage prior to his Netflix debut. There is a rich history out there. We’ve always been here and hopefully, in one month we take center stage and never give it back.


Long live the King!!

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Samurai Sit Down: AmalgamPhilly Comic Shop Owner Ariell Johnson

Samurai Sit Down:  AmalgamPhilly Comic Shop Owner Ariell Johnson


In a year where the upcoming wave of comic based material will very heavily feature characters of color there was big news recently made by a young Philadelphia entrepreneur Ariell Johnson. Her AmalgamPhilly comic book & coffeehouse has been all the rage with fellow comic book fans, gamers and more as she reflects the importance of diversity in comic business spaces as well as in the comics themselves. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Ariell Johnson so get comfy and check this geeked out edition of Samurai Sit Down.



Thanks for taking some time from your new business to talk with us. To start can you share your earliest comic memories and what was it that turned this hobby into a professional goal?

I started reading comics in high school, when my friend would let me borrow his comics, I didn’t buy my first comic until I was in college. It was Storm & Illyana Magik, a four issue mini-series, and I got it off of eBay.

The idea came when a local coffee shop that I would frequent on Fridays, after buying my books from Fat Jack’s, closed. It was such a great coffee shop, I loved the vibe so much, it was owned by a young black woman, and it was just everything to me. A home away from home. Her closing made me want to create the kind of space that she had created, but incorporating comic books into the mix.

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Marvel Unveils “Phase 3” with Long Awaited Black Panther Film

Marvel Unveils Long Awaited Black Panther Film – Will This Finally Bring Change?

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The Tricks and Treats don’t get going until this Friday but Marvel president Kevin Feige decided to let a gang of blockbuster treats loose on the public at the special Marvel Live event at Disney’s El Captain Theatre in Hollywood , Ca yesterday. Reaching all the way out to 2019, Marvel made is cinematic plans known for its Phase 3 round of films. Breaking the 6 movie per phase outline that had been in place, Phase 3 is packed with 9 projects. We will see the return of Captain America and Thor along with a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. The Avengers will top off the Phase with “Infinity War Part 1 & 2 in 18′ and 19” respectively. In addition to the familiar faces from the past films, Marvel is releasing new character works with Dr Strange, Captain Marvel, Inhumans and the much anticipated, highly demanded Black Panther.

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This signals the first solo feature films for a woman and a person person of color in the Marvel universe since Elektra and Blade. The announcement of an official Black Panther movie is the answer to requests that have existed since Marvel took to the big screen to reintroduce its characters a decade ago. Black Panther fans and fellow creators of ethnic characters have longed for the day where representation of them was done right on the biggest of stages. Now as the plots of all the respect franchises prepare to converge, T’Challa the Ruler of Wakanda is being thrust right into the center of things. As one of the most important characters in Marvel it would have been a total injustice not to make this movie, but as a black fictional writer myself I can speak to the skepticism that was felt every time we heard a Black Panther movie rumor.

Black comic fans watched as DC elected not to stick with a Green Lantern story line that featured John Stewart but rather follow the Hal Jordan plot origin. This was in spite of the fact that most people, especially the kids, were more familiar with Stewart due to his role in the highly acclaimed Justice League animated series. If it wasn’t last-minute changes of heart, Black characters were often presented with some type of flaw that kept them from being seen as completely human. They were malcontent drunks like Hancock, laughable buffoons like Handy Man or Meteor Man or the undead/semi living like Spawn or Blade. We couldn’t just get  a strong, attractive, intelligent leading character.

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Chadwick Boseman who is most own for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson will take on the huge responsibility of bringing the Panther to life. The success of the BP flim will have far-reaching ramifications beyond just Marvel’s bottom line. There is a gigantic community of comic loyalists who as people of color want to see what the Panther represents displayed to the masses. There are writers and content creators who are still getting told from the larger businesses that “black heroes don’t sell”. And most simply there are kids who want to see movies with lead stars that look like them.

After hearing Marvel’s Co-President Louis D’Esposit, following a Comic Con 3 yrs ago, I seriously doubted that this movie would ever get off the ground.

“He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values… But it’s a little more difficult, maybe, creating [a world like Wakanda]. It’s always easier basing it here. For instance, ‘Iron Man 3’ is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you’re always faced with those difficulties.” – D’Espoit on the “Difficulties” of making BP 

Not long after releasing Thor to record attendance with its completely fictional and man-made environments this man looked us all in the face and lied horribly. Yet, years later here we are.

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I have confidence in the team that Marvel has working on their movies and I see no reason to doubt that T’Challa’s introduction into the Marvel cinematic universe will be anything short of amazing. Hopefully with his emergence into the mainstream people will look on and ask will we now see more characters of color stepping out to hold down their own franchise brands? Will we finally see someone from the vast independent comic circuit strike success in crossing over into a lead role. Will the diverse range and scope of our people be given the fair chance to showcase itself.

Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai