"From pulp magazine origins to recents cinematic triumphs, superheroes mirror our culture. Uniquely American and reflecting enduring values, these characters are a window on inspiration and aspiration defining our society."
Future Bear is a hybrid fine art/comic project that uses our historical knowledge of the past to visually explore an uncertain future. Future Bear is a polar bear from the not-so-distant future who uses her special abilities to reach out to present-day humans to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. This is a collaborative project between artist Rachel Simmons and historian-writer Julian Chambliss.
White Scripts & Black Supermen
Through interviews with prominent artists, scholars and cultural critics along with images from the comic books themselves, this film examines the degree to which early Black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about Black men. From the humorous, to the offensive, early Black superheroes are critically considered.