This is a written response to the following youtube video by Sawyer7mage.

I came across this today, and it made me really rethink about why I started to draw my comic in the first place. I’ll be the first to admit, that it’s not popular, and doesn’t have many readers, but at the end of it all. I don’t care. This lead me to think about something else Lesean Thomas told me one of the few times I’ve sat and had enough time to pick his brain, and he later spoke of when The Legend of Korra came out. We don’t prefer to see heroes that resemble ourselves, but the problem is that at the moment we, black people, only see white skin, and so we turn to personality.

I agree with Lesean in this point, but only this point, because in this day and age the younger generation is learning that skin color doesn’t matter, but I will also admit that it is also a lack of active participation. Sawyer brings up One Piece, and if you’ve never read it, I suggest it, as it’s a fully fleshed out world, regardless of what you think of the art it’s full of different things to see, and is about as close to our world as anime has gotten in years, and I think it’s a good example of what a diverse world could be, I’d even say Dragon Ball is equal to this, but I don’t think we should really forget that most anime and manga, deal with race in different ways. The Japanese have been very good about that, granted you’d think you’d see more people of color, but the truth is, you very rarely see an actual “white” person in anime, and when you do they’re usually “Blonde Hair” an “Blue eyes” complete with western names, however when you see a colored person. It’s very obvious they’re of African decent or otherwise.

I would wager that race does not really matter, OUTSIDE of the United States, inside of the U.S. it’s a coin toss. Hispanics and Blacks are predominately consumers of video games, and most of the characters are white. The reason for this is mostly due in part, to the types of games that are made, and the truth is…if you have a game with a night level…Black and Mexican folks can’t be seen on the screen. This has been tried and tested over an and over. There’s an interesting bit on how Devil May Cry’s Dante, was even created, and the first thing the creator will tell you is that originally, Dante, was going to be a dark skinned character, but the lighting at the time, wouldn’t allow it. Think about that, a black Dante…

Either way you slice it, this is a subject worth exploring as technology starts to change the game. I hope to see more people of color take lead roles in movies, and games, but even more, I want to see a fantasy realm that mimics our own, with diversity, and see that movie, video game, book, reach the heights of fame and start um…