Stereotypes are found almost everywhere in the society. The judgements can be based on looks, gender or even skin color. But is it right to make these generalizations? Don’t actions and values trump appearance? Are there individuals who take these stereotypes head on?Je Suis Superhero attempts to shed light on these questions with comic books and its creators as backdrop.
Comics are considered a window to the world and often depict the workings of the society – they are a visual medium, are relatable and often times humorous. But more importantly they overemphasize stereotypes – the superhero is almost inevitably anglo male who possesses superhuman powers and thanks to decades of an unchallenged point of view, comics often depict women in minor or outright inferior roles.
Dr. Singhal is a global voice in entertainment education. He teaches and conducts research in organizing for social change, civic participation, corporate citizenship, the entertainment-education strategy etc. Dr. Singhal is the founding member of Global Consortium on Entertainment Education and his work on Entertainment Education has been featured in NY times. He has also co-authored a monograph “Pop culture with a purpose: Using Edutainment Media for Social Change”. He holds the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative in UTEP’s Department of Communication.
Andrew is the Curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, the only museum of its kind in the western United States. He is recognized as an authority in the subject of comic art, and knowledgeable in a variety of disciplines throughout the field. His writing credits include The Looney Tunes Treasury, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, The Marvel Comics Holiday Special and many articles, columns and interviews on comic books, comic strips, and animation. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity.
Adam Elrashidi is a journalist born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently works as a producer for Al Jazeera English’s award-winning, social media-driven current affairs show “The Stream”. As a cartoonist, Elrashidi’s work has been featured on CNN.com, the Huffington Post, Aslan Media, Game Informer Magazine, and Muftah.org. At the University of Minnesota, he served as the editorial cartoonist for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper, earning two regional Society of Professional Journalists awards.