Rider University Professor Writes New Wonder Woman Comic
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — A Rider University professor is the author of a new Wonder Woman comic.
Sheena Howard, a professor in the university’s Department of Communication, Journalism and Media, wrote a story that appears in “Wonder Woman Black & Gold #6”. This is the latest installation in a new anthology series that marks Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary. The comic was released on November 23.
“Every year something even crazier happens to me,” Howard said. “I never thought I would ever write Wonder Woman, but now I really want to do more.”
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A resident of Philadelphia, Howard set the story in her city, in the context of an environmental disaster. It features Wonder Woman relying on her sister, Nubia, to save her from Poseidon and Athena.
For this project, Howard knew she wanted to feature Nubia – credited as one of DC Comic’s first black superheroines.
“Growing up in Philadelphia, there was always this old adage that you have to leave Philadelphia to be successful. I try to remind people that’s not the case. You can achieve your dreams without leaving Philadelphia,” said Howard said.
“So when it was time to write my story, I knew I wanted it to include Nubia, I knew I wanted Diana and Nubia to work together, and I knew I wanted to represent my city. Philly actually has a major historical role in black comics, as the first black comics were created here.”
So how did she end up writing for Wonder Woman? Well, this isn’t Howard’s first encounter with comic book writing. His credits also include co-writing “Superb”, one of the first comics to feature a superhero with Down’s syndrome.
“I’ve been working in comics for a while now. I co-wrote my first comic published in 2016-2017 on a series called Superb. Before that, I had been studying comics since 2008,” he said. she declared.
“I actually wrote my thesis on the comic ‘The Boondocks.’ I made a pitch.”
A professor at the University of Lawrenceville since 2011, Howard became the first black woman to win an Eisner Award, the comics industry’s highest honor, when she received the award for her debut book, “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation”.
Now that the Wonder Woman comic is out, Howard has a busy 2022 ahead of her. She is currently working on a few projects. “I prefer not to say anything until I have the green light to talk about it,” she said.
Howard is also working on a self-help book based on his TEDx Talk and an untitled novel.
“The novel is about a young man who gets trapped, sentenced to 20 years in prison at the age of 18 just before leaving for an Ivy League university on a college scholarship. He then sets out on a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness.”
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