“Black People Don’t See Themselves In The Future”

The Dark Horse Comics panel has been running through a lot of their current and future projects at San Diego Comic Con, and we can expect a panel report from Keysha Couzens later in the show.

But one quote stuck out about Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander talking about pitching a science fiction film which had a number of black people. They were  told by a studio executive that he could save them all time, by changing the race of the black characters. Because, as Tony quoted him, “black people don’t like science fiction – they don’t see themselves in the future.”

Tony pointed out the irony, after both of them working on Will Smith and Denzel Washington sci-fi projects, but that the Dark Horse Comics series Concrete Park was a direct result of that conversation…


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Billionaire George Lucas, filmmaker and founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., speaks during the opening ceremony of the company's Sandcrawler building, home to Lucasfilm's Singapore unit, in Singapore, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Lucasfilm Singapore, which is working on movies including Transformers 4 and Avengers 2, is expanding as it increases its workforce in the city-state, the only location outside the U.S. where the San Francisco-based company has a regional headquarters, it said. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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