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Help Jamal Igle Kickstart his 10-Year Old Superhero Project MOLLY DANGER (6 More Days to Go)

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by Curtis Caesar John
August 24, 2012 11:05 AM
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Jamal Igle - Molly Danger

Courtesy of Newsarama.com, the best website out there for comic book news, comes news of a new creator-owned project from one of the top African-American artists in the industry. 

Comic book artist Jamal Igle, known widely for his work on such books as Firestorm, Superman, Supergirl, Nightwing, and the Iron/Fist Wolvervine mini-series, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own creator owned project Molly Danger

A 22-year veteran of the industry and oft sought after artist, the project was one he’s been kicking around for over a decade and once even intended to be pitched as an animated series. But after finally achieving high industry success he was offered opportunities to draw big name characters and a regular paycheck and could not pass up those opportunities.   But after years of regular work, Igle eventually decided not to be under contract with any of the big-name publishers like DC or Marvel Comics. Wanting to strike out on his own, and pressured by even his mother to pursue his longtime creator-owned dream, he instead chose to focus on Molly Danger

Straight from his Kickstarter page Igle explains his main motivations:

"A few months ago I read Dr. Seuss's "Oh, The Places You'll Go" to my daughter Catie. I'd never read it, or at least I don't remember reading it, but I was profoundly moved by it. It was strange, but it's like a personal metaphor of the way my life has been going for the last two years. There are things happening around me, big things, personal things. Some will happen sooner than later. 

I find myself disturbed by the tone some things are taking in the industry. Darkness where darkness didn't dwell, bitterness for the sake of "relevance". It seems that in certain corners, there's no room for magic, and light. It bothers me more than I can say. This not to say that superhero stories can't be serious, or adult. However you can achieve those things without making them dire, and unlikeable. I need to be the one to make the changes I want to see.

I can only say "I" because my tastes only end at the tip of my nose. There is room for fun, there is room for magic, there is room for genuine good in comics. I need to be the agent of change now. I've been moving towards it, now I need to step up that effort.

Oh, the places I will go."

Molly Danger art

So far he’s raised about $32,708 of its overall $45,000 goal; he has 6 days to go.  If the book is successful, it looks to be a no brainer to translate into a cool, fun television movie or feature film. 

To support Igle on his all-ages project go to his Kickstarter page.

To read the Newsarama article in its entirety  go HERE

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12 Comments

  • Michele | August 27, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    I'll preface my comment by saying, yes creators can create whatever they want.

    We can't just hold Hollywood accountable for the dearth of positive images and (most times)down right erasure, we have to hold ourselves to the standard as well.
    Did he choose to create this work with a white female because 'black books don't sell' ? This is a large part of the problem, minorities behind the scenes contributing to our erasure just to get themselves ahead. Until many take a stand the system will go unchallenged and unchanged.
    truth.com

  • Curtis Caesar John | August 26, 2012 9:58 AMReply

    I thought about all of your thoughts before posting, and although a fan of Igle was at first reluctant to, but then I thought of: 1) the lack of work for mainstream African-American comic book artists, 2) the big contract he gave up to start his own project (personally, I thought he got fired is why he wasn't working for DC Comics). Both combined means that Igle sacrificed a lot to do his own thing. There is a dearth of Black comic book artists AND editors at the major companies. The indies, much like film, is where you can make an impact. Additionally, as you've all seen in the sudden rash of comic book movies, fanboys are QUICK to be genuinely racist toward Black comic book characters. Remember the hubbub with Idris Elba being in Thor? With Laurence Fishburne being cast as Perry White in the new Superman movie? S&A readers only got an inkling of what was actually on the fanboy (and girl) networks and blogs. Even the quick cancellation, and DC's handling, of the new Mister Terrific comic book (while not great was better than most) falls within this argument. If I had a creator owned project, I would have Black characters but would they be the leads? I dunno, I'd have to think about it for a while. To top that off, where does it say that because you're Black that every thing you make has to have Black characters? Should a Black director not be able to make a movie with White, Latino or Asian leads? Is he or she no longer 'down' if they do so? A close friend of mine has a fantastic short film on the market but because no Black folks are on the cover art, though they are in highly significant roles throughout the film, he has gotten very little love from 'Black' festivals. Should Steven Speilberg not have directed 'The Color Purple'? Did the white film community shun him after that? Should Bill Duke not have directed "The Cemetery Club"? As a programmer myself, I'll admit that I do think twice about films without Black leads before watching them, but when viewing everything I make sure to look at it as a whole -- we don't want to do what other film festivals and the studios do to OUR films. While all of your views are valid, I would say to please look at every project from all sides before deciding that they're not worthy.

  • BluTopaz | August 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Also re: your friend's short film; have you considered why it has been rejected by Black film festivals, aside from the cover art? Are the non-Black actors on the cover art the protagonists, heroes, main villains, etc. with Black supporting characters? If so, why would this qualify as a Black film that should be featured in Black film fests? And how much "love" has it received from "other" film festivals?

  • BluTopaz | August 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    There are always too many excuses why the imagery of Black women and girls is either re-shaped, denigrated or excluded altogether, and it's reached the exhaustion point. It's not a matter of not being "down". No other group of people is asked to review all the different scenarios as to why their image has been excluded/not thought about/removed from a project, and all the reasons why they should STILL consider supporting it. For the reverse: I remember the hoopla over the Princess Frog, when a lot of Black mothers were turned off because the prince was not a Black man. The comments were along the lines of, 'my sons need to see a positive Black role model, don't want my girls pining for a non-Black guy', etc. . Now here we have a Black artist who has created a White female hero character for little girls (which is certainly his right), and your suggestion is to look at all sides of the project before dismissing it. Right now we don't know any other sides other than what we imagine. The Spielberg analogy is ridiculous, given that he had already directed how many White films with White heroes, leading ladies, etc.? Why would White audiences shun him? I know Igle did not choose to have his project featured on this site, but as far as I'm concerned he can request money from the people who look like his heroine. Perhaps the White adoptive father of the little Black girl who created the adorable natural haired brown Muppet will produce a personal project starring her; THAT is a Kickstarter project I would donate to. And using the inevitable racist fanboy backlash is a cop-out. Those morons could be just as incensed that Molly Danger was thought up by a Black person. And for the record, one of the only chick flicks I ever enjoyed is Hope Floats starring Sandra Bullock & Gena Rowlands, directed by Forest Whitaker. Different kind of media content; that movie did not ask me to give money to support an artist who created a smart, brave little girl who does not look like my nieces.

  • Katie | August 25, 2012 5:05 AMReply

    I was seriously going to donate and share with my friends, but I'm personally not going to. Right now in this stage of my life, I'll donate to films that tell the stories of African descended people, particularly girls and women. What are we getting out of this anyway? White girls will get yet another chance to dream & fantasize themselves as a amazing character who does amazing things and Black girls yet again get left out in the cold. But heaven forbid the mothers, sisters, grandmas, and aunties of those Black girls don't support this mess with the strength of their backs like mules. It has a black face behind it (most certainly not in front) and we have to donate for the sake of the community. So let's say I donate to the project, Igle makes his whatever, and his dreams comes true. What does the African diaspora get? A "thanks", a cotton tee in 100% black collective stupidity, and the chance to veraciously live though him knowing that we've made the place a brighter, whiter place? Because that's all I got.

  • Carl | August 26, 2012 2:16 PM

    So KATIE...blacks must have black characters to have your support? All black all the time? Black artists can't expand their racial casts without simple minded folks like you talking shit? Sounds pretty pathetic.

  • Katie | August 25, 2012 8:04 PM

    @BONDGIRL Maybe, but like you said, that hasn't been affirmed. Maybe he's doing this to gain white people's approval, I don't know. What I do know is he's in the industry that's is documented to having an hatred for Black women/girls. There are very few black men that are successful in the industry that don't hate black women/girls. I will be side-eyeing him until he proves to me that he doesn't have that mindset.

  • bondgirl | August 25, 2012 6:33 PM

    I immediately felt that too, but then I realized that he may be doing his part to assist our community behnd the scenes. Is he mentoring a young black aspiring animator to work for Marvel or DC? Is he adding fully fleshed supporting black characters to this comic? Is his intention to make his next comic a hero of color? A lot of our power can come from being behind the scenes as decision maker, and not always in front view. So if he can answer those questions in the affirmative, maybe it's worth the investment.

  • Mark & Darla | August 24, 2012 9:25 PMReply

    Sorry, have no miscellaneous cash left after paying health, eye, dental, life, retirement, SS, accident and emergency room insurance for me and my daughter.

  • Geneva Girl | August 24, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    I was excited to hear this until I saw the picture of Molly Danger. My ten-year old is an avid comic book reader and I'd love her to read a comic with an ethnic-looking girl character. I'll still buy this for her, but a bit reluctantly. Please let us know when the series is available for purchase.

  • Micah | August 24, 2012 9:08 PM

    I totally understand how you feel, GG. I donated to the kickstarter with some reluctance because of it. However I still think the basic idea is great want to support a talent comic-creator who happens to be African-American.

  • Jerome | August 24, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    Jamal is a fantastic artist and a very generous man. His art is a great example of how sequential art is not just pretty pictures, but how each panel adds to the story — and he is a brilliant storyteller. Break a leg, Jamal!

    (I'll definitely contribute to his project. )

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