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  • Gone are the days of exclusively white, masculine heroes and objectified women
  • Gone are the days of exclusively white, masculine heroes and objectified women
    Qahera the Superhero (2014) ©
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How new superheroes are fighting oppression

Comic book heroes are becoming a medium through which to discuss sensitive social issues. And from Kamala Khan to the Burka Avenger, leading the march is an army of powerful Muslim women.

Location North America / Northern Africa / Southern Asia

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It's February in New Delhi, and thousands of people are swarming amongst more than 100 stalls selling comic books and action figures. Harry Potter is in their midst, accompanied by the likes of Wonder Woman and Spider-Man. This is Comic Con India, and since its humble beginnings in 2011, more than 50,000 people have turned up to relish mutual geekdom for the fourth year running – a testament to the growing prominence of comic culture in Southern Asia. [1]

While the success of Comic Con India has been buffered by the popularity of Western comics, original ...

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