"Black People Don't See Themselves In The Future"

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

Posted by July 12, 2012 Comment

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…

(Last Updated July 12, 2012 4:06 pm )

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