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Comic convention highlights work of independent comic book artists of color

Courtesy of Maia Williams

There's a comic convention happening this weekend in Detroit that will spotlight artists and writers of color, and women.

"MECCAcon: the Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts" runs September 18-19 . The two-day event is the brainchild of organizer Maia "Crown" Williams.

"I feel like diversity is very important for our city to succeed and progress.... You can draw and create many black characters in mainstream comics ... but are you paying people of color to create them, to write them."

Detroit-born Jiba Molei Anderson is a leading creator in the comic world. He will lead a panel during the event called "the Complexion of Comics."

"It is more, way more than the characters. It is about the people behind the scenes that you see creating the characters."

Anderson is the creator of the comic series The Horsemen, and his company is GriotEnterprises.

For a full schedule of events taking place at MECCAcon go to their website.

Listen to the full interview above.

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