DC Comics Digital First is proud to announce the new digital-first anthology series, Represent!: Stories of Personal Experiences, Unheard Voices, and Social Revolution.
As comic books have a history of offering readers an escape, with thrilling tales of good vs. evil entertaining fans for decades., now the true power of comics as a medium is that it can tell any kind of story with power, style, and resonance. Inspired by real-world events such as George Floyd killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the shooting of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in March in her Louisville, Kentucky home which ignited a summer of protests calling for change and bringing further attention to incidents of police brutality against Black people, Represent! draws on these tragedies to tell a powerful story.
Fueled by the above events, “It’s a Bird,” which tells the story of a young Black birdwatcher gifted with a pair of binoculars that allow him to learn the stories of Amadou Diallo, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
Writer Christian Cooper said about the project,
“Marie and (VP, Global Publishing Initiatives & Digital Strategy) Bobbie Chase approached me about possibly doing a comic story that tapped into my experience. I thought, “I don’t know, DC Comics? Superheroes? Not sure how that’s going to work.” We kicked around a couple of ideas. They said they had gotten the title, I’m not sure exactly from who, but somebody pretty high up in the DC food chain: “It’s a Bird.” It took me half a beat. “Oh…I get what you did there.” Once I had the title, the story wrote itself.”
Alitha E. Martinez, the series artist added,
“Not a lot of people know—I came back into this country as a child, and I was deported. I know how those children in lockup feel. I know how it feels to have your birthday changed. I know how it feels to have everything taken from you. That’s something I kept pressed inside of me for many years.
So when I see this new wave of outrage, I realize it’s a long history. It’s never-ending. I wish this story could have been that punctuation of, “…and we all lived happily ever after.” But it just keeps coming. It wasn’t until the colors (by Emilio Lopez) came in that it really hit home for me—something that really hit on that experience. Because it never goes away. It just gets layered.”
When asked about the project, executive editor Marie Javins stated,
“This digital series is designed to showcase and introduce creators traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream comic book medium. We’ll highlight both new and familiar voices, beginning with ‘It’s a Bird’ by writer Christian Cooper and artist Alitha E. Martinez, a semi-fictionalized account of Christian’s very real evolution from a kid with a pair of binoculars to a man in an unexpected media spotlight after an altercation with a woman walking her dog in Central Park.”
Represent! (2020-) #1
Jules, a Black teenager, is given a pair of old binoculars as he heads out for a morning of birdwatching in Central Park. He soon learns the binoculars show him a lot more than birds, and maybe they keep him safe, too.
- Written by Christian Cooper
- Pencils by Alitha Martinez
- Inks by Mark Morales
- Colored by Emilio Lopez
This first chapter is available now, offered for free on participating digital platforms including readdc.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more with additional chapters of Represent! available digitally in 2021.
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