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Looking for a Face Like Mine Paperback – June 28, 2005
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
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The book is unfortunately short. It is under one hundred pages and gives little more than a paragraph about each image of African Americans discussed. The only two works that do not get this brief treatment is Fast Willie Jackson, an Archie-like comic, and underground comics (or comix, given their x-rated nature) by Richard “Grass” Green. Most of the essays reference one of Green’s many works, but in not entirely clear or specific ways so that the title would have to be read to understand Foster’s statement about its controversial content.
I would have appreciated some images in the book for this reason, perhaps a page from Green’s Super Soul Comix for a better impression of the art style and execution of representation while reading Foster’s argument that it was positive and not perpetuating racist stereotypes.A few pages of images from Foster’s exhibit would be invaluable aid for readers.
I would recommend reading this in combination with Jeffrey A. Brown’s Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans. Looking for a Face Like Mine chronicles that African-American stories and creators exist, and go beyond only superheroes, while Brown goes in depth on the origins of businesses and characters, stories, successes, and influences on fans that generates a bigger picture.
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