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Help Jamal Igle Kickstart his 10-Year Old Superhero Project MOLLY DANGER (6 More Days to Go)

Help Jamal Igle Kickstart his 10-Year Old Superhero Project MOLLY DANGER (6 More Days to Go)

Courtesy of, the best website out there for comic book news, comes news of a new creator-owned project from one of the top African-American artists in the industry. 

Comic book artist Jamal Igle, known widely for his work on such books as Firestorm, Superman, Supergirl, Nightwing, and the Iron/Fist Wolvervine mini-series, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own creator owned project Molly Danger

A 22-year veteran of the industry and oft sought after artist, the project was one he’s been kicking around for over a decade and once even intended to be pitched as an animated series. But after finally achieving high industry success he was offered opportunities to draw big name characters and a regular paycheck and could not pass up those opportunities.   But after years of regular work, Igle eventually decided not to be under contract with any of the big-name publishers like DC or Marvel Comics. Wanting to strike out on his own, and pressured by even his mother to pursue his longtime creator-owned dream, he instead chose to focus on Molly Danger

Straight from his Kickstarter page Igle explains his main motivations:

A few months ago I read Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” to my daughter Catie. I’d never read it, or at least I don’t remember reading it, but I was profoundly moved by it. It was strange, but it’s like a personal metaphor of the way my life has been going for the last two years. There are things happening around me, big things, personal things. Some will happen sooner than later. 

I find myself disturbed by the tone some things are taking in the industry. Darkness where darkness didn’t dwell, bitterness for the sake of “relevance”. It seems that in certain corners, there’s no room for magic, and light. It bothers me more than I can say. This not to say that superhero stories can’t be serious, or adult. However you can achieve those things without making them dire, and unlikeable. I need to be the one to make the changes I want to see.

I can only say “I” because my tastes only end at the tip of my nose. There is room for fun, there is room for magic, there is room for genuine good in comics. I need to be the agent of change now. I’ve been moving towards it, now I need to step up that effort.

Oh, the places I will go.”

So far he’s raised about $32,708 of its overall $45,000 goal; he has 6 days to go.  If the book is successful, it looks to be a no brainer to translate into a cool, fun television movie or feature film. 

To support Igle on his all-ages project go to his Kickstarter page.

To read the Newsarama article in its entirety  go HERE

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I'll preface my comment by saying, yes creators can create whatever they want.

We can't just hold Hollywood accountable for the dearth of positive images and (most times)down right erasure, we have to hold ourselves to the standard as well.
Did he choose to create this work with a white female because 'black books don't sell' ? This is a large part of the problem, minorities behind the scenes contributing to our erasure just to get themselves ahead. Until many take a stand the system will go unchallenged and unchanged.

Curtis Caesar John

I thought about all of your thoughts before posting, and although a fan of Igle was at first reluctant to, but then I thought of: 1) the lack of work for mainstream African-American comic book artists, 2) the big contract he gave up to start his own project (personally, I thought he got fired is why he wasn't working for DC Comics). Both combined means that Igle sacrificed a lot to do his own thing. There is a dearth of Black comic book artists AND editors at the major companies. The indies, much like film, is where you can make an impact. Additionally, as you've all seen in the sudden rash of comic book movies, fanboys are QUICK to be genuinely racist toward Black comic book characters. Remember the hubbub with Idris Elba being in Thor? With Laurence Fishburne being cast as Perry White in the new Superman movie? S&A readers only got an inkling of what was actually on the fanboy (and girl) networks and blogs. Even the quick cancellation, and DC's handling, of the new Mister Terrific comic book (while not great was better than most) falls within this argument. If I had a creator owned project, I would have Black characters but would they be the leads? I dunno, I'd have to think about it for a while. To top that off, where does it say that because you're Black that every thing you make has to have Black characters? Should a Black director not be able to make a movie with White, Latino or Asian leads? Is he or she no longer 'down' if they do so? A close friend of mine has a fantastic short film on the market but because no Black folks are on the cover art, though they are in highly significant roles throughout the film, he has gotten very little love from 'Black' festivals. Should Steven Speilberg not have directed 'The Color Purple'? Did the white film community shun him after that? Should Bill Duke not have directed "The Cemetery Club"? As a programmer myself, I'll admit that I do think twice about films without Black leads before watching them, but when viewing everything I make sure to look at it as a whole — we don't want to do what other film festivals and the studios do to OUR films. While all of your views are valid, I would say to please look at every project from all sides before deciding that they're not worthy.


I was seriously going to donate and share with my friends, but I'm personally not going to. Right now in this stage of my life, I'll donate to films that tell the stories of African descended people, particularly girls and women. What are we getting out of this anyway? White girls will get yet another chance to dream & fantasize themselves as a amazing character who does amazing things and Black girls yet again get left out in the cold. But heaven forbid the mothers, sisters, grandmas, and aunties of those Black girls don't support this mess with the strength of their backs like mules. It has a black face behind it (most certainly not in front) and we have to donate for the sake of the community. So let's say I donate to the project, Igle makes his whatever, and his dreams comes true. What does the African diaspora get? A "thanks", a cotton tee in 100% black collective stupidity, and the chance to veraciously live though him knowing that we've made the place a brighter, whiter place? Because that's all I got.

Mark & Darla

Sorry, have no miscellaneous cash left after paying health, eye, dental, life, retirement, SS, accident and emergency room insurance for me and my daughter.

Geneva Girl

I was excited to hear this until I saw the picture of Molly Danger. My ten-year old is an avid comic book reader and I'd love her to read a comic with an ethnic-looking girl character. I'll still buy this for her, but a bit reluctantly. Please let us know when the series is available for purchase.


Jamal is a fantastic artist and a very generous man. His art is a great example of how sequential art is not just pretty pictures, but how each panel adds to the story — and he is a brilliant storyteller. Break a leg, Jamal!

(I'll definitely contribute to his project. )

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