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Black Comic Books: Vita Ayala and ‘Puerto Rico Strong’

This week, Worldview presents a series of conversations with Black comic book writers on how they view the world, their art, and their industry. Today, we talk with Vita Ayala. They made a name writing Wonder Woman, Batman Beyond, and Supergirl. They recently published The Wilds with Black Mask Studios. After Hurricane Maria, Ayala joined Latino artists to create an anthology of comics. Proceeds go to helping Puerto Rico hurricane recovery. The work is called Puerto Rican Strong. It traces the long history of Puerto Rican resistance from colonization. Ayala joins Worldview to discuss Puerto Rico, as well as how the comic book and media industries represent race, gender, and colonialism. 

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