WSYX/WTTE Columbus: Ohio State Professor Hopes to Inspire Diversity in Comic Movies

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An Ohio State professor is designing a class around comic books.

While doing that, Frederick Luis Aldama is looking at why one demographic seems under-represented when the books are made into movies.

 His latest book, “LatinX Superheroes in Mainstream Comics” explores the absence of Latino characters in comic book movies.

“Surprisingly all of the encyclopedias and documentaries maybe mention one or two, even though we are a 50 to 60 a list type superheroes,” he said.

Aldama said Batman’s Bain is actually a Latino supervillain, born on a Caribbean island.

“Here we could’ve had this great opportunity for Chris Nolan to actually bring in an A List super villain that’s Latino but instead we picked Tom Harding,” Aldama said.

The professor said he hopes his book and his students will inspire change.

“It is through story that we can bridge social differences,” he said.

Originally posted to ABC6 News on October 20, 2017 by WSYX/WTTE


About the Author:

Frederick Luis Aldama
Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University. In the departments of English as well as Spanish & Portuguese he teaches courses on and Latino & Latin American cultural phenomena, including literature, film, TV, music, sports, video games, and comic books. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. He is the author, co-author, and editor of thirty books. He is editor and coeditor of 7 different academic press book series, including the World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction series with the University of Texas Press. He is founder and director of the White House Hispanic Bright Spot awarded LASER/Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research. In 2016, Aldama received the Ohio Education Summit Award for Founding & Directing LASER. He is founder and co-director of Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute at The Ohio State University. He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award. In 2017, Aldama was awarded Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and inducted into the Academy of Teaching. This same year he was also inducted into the Society of Cartoon Arts.