Watch: Marc Bernardin talks the power of comic books and being a black nerd

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Feb 23, 2017, 7:30 PM EST

Comic creator Marc Bernardin (Genius, The Authority) has made some of the coolest indie books of the past few years, so we caught up with him to dig into the medium and talk about what it's like to be a black creator.

Bernardin looked back at his first comic convention as a creator and the moment someone asked him to sign his 'book. He said it was the first real proof that someone actually read something he wrote and cared about it. He also touches on the simple appeal of comics as an artistic medium and how thin the barrier is between creator and reader. You don't need a massive budget or a Hollywood studio — just a handful of people and a great idea. It's about teaching someone, and affecting them with your story.

Bernardin then digs into how black writers get into the genre in the first place, and how for a long time, comics often didn't appeal to black readers. If that ten-year-old kid doesn't see him or herself in the story, then why would they pick it up and fall in love with comics?

Check out the two-part interview below and let us know what you think.

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