Big Issues: Agents Of The Realm, M.F.K., and the ascent of black women in webcomics

Each week, Big Issues focuses on newly released comic books of significance. This week, they are Agents Of The Realm by Mildred Louis and M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder, two online series that showcase the outstanding work being done by black women cartoonists in webcomics. (Note: This review reveals major plot points.)

In January of last year, Miz Caramel Vixen, co-creator of the multidisciplinary website Vixen Varsity, launched #BlackComicsMonth, a Twitter hashtag dedicated to spotlighting black comics creators over the course of Black History Month in February. The hashtag quickly caught on with the larger comics community, spawning a website that continues to shine that spotlight year-round, proudly proclaiming that “Every Month is BlackComicsMonth!” (For more on the creation of #BlackComicsMonth, check out this A.V. Club interview with Miz Caramel Vixen.) The hashtag and its creator are doing important work expanding awareness of black creators in an industry …

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