Heroic Girls: One of the core ideas of Heroic Girls is that by providing better and more varied role models for girls, pop culture can have a positive impact on the real world. Looking over your body of work, is it safe to say that you share that belief?
Jeremy Whitley: No doubt. That was part of my motivation for creating Princeless in the first place. I was looking to create a comic with a heroine whom my daughter could see her self in. Adrienne is a princess, but she is also a warrior. She doesn’t need a prince to save her. Unstoppable Wasp as a book had largely the same mission statement. We had Nadia and Janet (the original Wasp), but we also introduced a cast of other girl geniuses that reflected the real world population of New York City. We have Taina (our Puerto Rican engineer and robot maker), Shay (our African-American physicist), Ying (our Chinese chemist), and Priya (our Indian American botanist). The group reflects both a diversity of experiences and a diversity of expertise. Everybody is a bit different, but they have two shared passions: science and saving the world.
Marcotte, John. “Interview: The Unstoppable Wasp’s Jeremy Whitley”. Heroic Girls. 8 Jan. 2019
I sat down with Keith Chow of Nerds of Color to talk all about Misty and Danny Forever, Princeless, Pirate Princess, and My Little Pony. Our conversation ranges pretty widely, from the projects I’m working on right now to current issues that are being discussed throughout the comics industry.
Keith Chow and I met when I got scheduled to be part of the Nerds of Color: Hard NOC Life panel at Awesome Con in 2015. Keith and I had never met but we instantly hit it off. At the same show he picked up a copy of the “Princeless: The Pirate Princess” and some of my issues of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” for his daughter.
A few months later we bumped into each other at San Diego Comic Con at a fantastic get together put together by Nerds of Color and Black Girl Nerds. We got to chat a little in the midst of the insanity, but then we bumped into each other again at the airport on the way out. We sat down to grab some dinner and talked for so long that I almost missed my flight. I’ve been waiting to have an excuse to get on the Nerds of Color podcast and talk about all the things we had only just had a chance to touch on at the airport. The oncoming release of “Secret Wars: Secret Love” and issue #2 of the “Raven: The Pirate Princess” ongoing series gave us a good opportunity to sit down and talk all about those books and everything else going on with me and with comics as a whole. Enjoy!
Since our conversation Secret Love came out, has now sold out through Diamond Comic Distribution, and is now scheduled for a second printing which Marvel Comics has scheduled for September 30th.
August 19th saw the launch of my first project with Marvel Comics in “Secret Wars: Secret Love” for which I wrote the story “Misty and Danny Forever”.
The story follows an alternate version of Misty Knight and Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist) in a time where they have decided to settle down and leave their superhero days behind them. But what they discover is that the realities of married life present just as many struggles as the world of mystic kung-fu. It also guest stars several of your and my favorite Heroes For Hire crew including Luke Cage, Colleen Wing, Jessica Jones, and a few younger additions to the team.
The reception to the anthology and to this story in particular has been phenomenal, especially as it pertains to the topic of representation in comics. It addresses questions of race, natural hair, interracial marriage, and characters with disabilities. The early preview we posted on the Black Girl Nerds website got people really excited, so I sat down with Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds to answer some questions about Misty, Danny, interracial relationships in comic books, and – of course – bantu knots. Check the link and let us know what you think!
Be sure to check out the amazing Black Girl Nerds website and all of the great content they have. Black Girl Nerds is providing some of the most interesting, insightful, and positive commentary on pop culture from a black female perspective. If you don’t know Jamie and the crew, you need to get on that immediately Follow them on twitter at @blackgirlnerds.