This cultural luminary is the producer, director and writer of “White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books”— a groundbreaking documentary exploring early black superheroes.
The film fosters a new era of scholarly engagement around race and representation in comics.
When asked what was his motivation for the film, Dr. Gayles explained “the much needed serious interrogation of the manner in which black men are represented in comic books and the degree to which this representation reflects broader understandings of race and gender. Anchored by the success of “White Scripts and Black Supermen” Dr. Gayles co-founded the annual Black Comic Book Day at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 2012.
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