Own Voices Comics

#ownvoices is a social media hashtag, first suggested on Twitter by Corinne Duyvis in September 2015 as a tool “to recommend kidlit about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group”. It is related to, and overlaps with, the “We Need Diverse Books” movement/non-profit organization. As a tool and a movement, #ownvoices can be used to describe any marginalized group within any genre of any art form; it is purposefully unrestrictive.

Try out these #ownvoices comics in The Seattle Public Library collection, where the creators (writer[s]) or artist[s]) share a marginalized identity with a protagonist:

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

The Eisner Award winning graphic novel from Singaporean-based Malaysian creator Sonny Liew tells the fictional story of Singaporean comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, whose life and art parallel and evolve alongside the actual history of modern Singapore.

I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings

This timely graphic novel tells the story of Alfonso Jones, a young African American teen killed by an off-duty police officer in New York City. Now, as a ghost, Alfonso is carried along on through the afterlife on a subway train full of victims of shootings, while his loved-ones and community attempt to cope and make meaning of his death.

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection edited by Hope Nicholson

Published as a Kickstarter project through Alternate History Comics, Moonshot features stories of identity and culture from North American Indigenous creators. Stories of Indigenous futurisms and traditional forms are told by creators of many communities, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Anishnaabe, Cree, Mi’kmaq, Caddo, Haida, and Sioux.


Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Indian-American teenager Pri badly wants to connect with her mother’s homeland, to find out more about her father’s identity, and learn why her mother came to America, but these topics are off-limits as far as her mother is concerned. That is, until Pri finds an old pashmina stuck in a trunk in the closet, which, when worn, transports her to an idealized and magical India.

Discover more #ownvoices comics at The Seattle Public Library

~posted by Mychal L.

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