Cartoonist Tom Beland posted this cartoon on the release of Black Panther, focusing on the self-identification aspects of the movie and the importance of representation.
When I made the cartoon, I was hoping that a dozen of my friends were going to like it and maybe a hundred people would like. It was drawn in 15 minutes while discussing what we loved about Black Panther. We saw kids pointing at the poster and identifying with it as well as videos of kids doing the same thing. This seemed like a Natural Choice to draw. I’m glad that it has been embraced on the level it has been. It’s been overwhelming in a positive way . Thank you so much for liking it and sharing it. #wakandaforever
It went ballistic on social media. It was described as ‘awesome’ by Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. Beland says,
“My sister died in October and I’ve been suffering since. Drawing helps me deal with my depression. I have to say that the reaction over my cartoon, something that came out of my head, has been monumentally helpful for my emotional spirit. I so wish she was around to see this. So thank you for the bottom of a heart for a bracing my little cartoon. #wakandaforever”
And Marvel Comics liked it so much that they are turning it into a variant cover for the new Black Panther #1 relaunch. As well as a colour version with Jordie Bellaire.
Retailers have also been told they can use any orders for these editions towards qualifications for other tiered covers for the launch.
1:10 by Yasmine Putri
1:25 by In-Hyuk Lee
1:50 by Olivier Coipel
Meet 200% of orders for Black Panther #172 for Stanley “Artgerm” Lau variant, Pepe Larraz Young Guns variant and Blank sketch variant.
1:100 for Virgin Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
1:500 for Jack Kirby Remastered
1:1000 for Jack Kirby Remastered B&W
Black Panther #1 is published on May 23rd.
BLACK PANTHER #1
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
A NEW DIRECTION FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUñA!
A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed…
Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda!
Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!
Rated T In Shops: May 23, 2018