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Get Your Fandom on with Dr. Shamika Mitchell, a Champion of Muslim Comic Book Artists

Get Your Fandom on with Dr. Shamika Mitchell, a Champion of Muslim Comic Book Artists

Finding a harmony between one's imaginative work and confidence can be a battle, something that SUNY Rockland educator Dr. Shamika Mitchell knows through her work. She directed the second all-Muslim board of makers, gamers and cosplayers at San Diego Comic-Con International a year ago.

That board, Super Salaam! Muslim Nerds, Geeks, and Fandom, was the second of its sort. A year prior to that, Dr. Shamika made Comic-Con history by facilitating the main all-Muslim board at the 2018 New York Comic-Con assembling. (Sidenote: Check out her popping lipstick!) Through her work in the realm of comic books, Dr. Shamika is no more odd to the difficulties Muslim specialists face.

Dr. Shamika Mitchell at Comic-Con

Dr. Shamika Mitchell and her Salaam Fandom board at New York Comic-Con.

Muslim creatives should continually explore a variety of social mores inside and outside of their confidence personalities. Numerous specialists battle to find some kind of harmony, wherein they protect their relationship with Allah (S) while utilizing their abilities skilled by Him to grasp their motivated articulations. With social circles moving their voices and option to sharpen their aptitudes, they are frequently wedged between ultimatums to shed their masterfulness by their coreligionists and Muslimness by their non-Muslim colleagues.

Luckily, alongside Dr. Shamika's work at Comic-Con, there are developing activities that feature the one of a kind social layers (confidence, race, sexual orientation, national personality, and so on.) typified by Muslim creatives and fill in as more secure spaces for them to assemble and focus their encounters and voices. In 2019, Haute Hijab co-supported the Black Muslim Authors assembling at the Islamic Center at New York University. The #BlackMuslimGirlFly Film Festival is additionally an incredible case of a safe innovative space to talk about craftsmanship without having one's strictness addressed.

Getting the message out

Dr. Shamika as of late talked with Haute Hijab about how she chose to focus Muslim funnies subsequent to going to the 2017 Muslim Women's Leadership Program at Union Theological.

"We should concoct some activity plans. I needed to accomplish something that was Muslim focused – regardless of whether it was Muslim scholars or Muslim ladies essayists – I needed to accomplish something to that effect. Since I was so knee-somewhere down in funnies, [I decided], you comprehend what, let me ... let me set forward certain boards on Muslim funnies."

"I've submitted board proposition to New York Comic-Con previously. Not all that much. It is extremely difficult to get a proposition affirmed. Regardless of whether they love your board and it does truly well, it doesn't ensure that they will acknowledge your proposition one year from now. It was in 2018 that I got two yeses, and one of them was for [the] Salaam Fandom [panel]. I was close to myself with fervor."

Dr. Shamika extended her boards, introducing them the nation over and globally. "I proposed it for the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, and they said yes! Thus, we did the Super Salaam board. I proposed again for the 2019 New York Comic-Con, and they said yes. I concentrated on cosplay for that one. Presently, we're making a beeline for Chicago for C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) in March this year.

Dr. Shamika Mitchell at New York Comic-Con

Dr. Shamika presents with her New York Comic-Con specialists.

The United States Embassy of Algiers additionally welcomed Dr. Shamika to their Comic-Con. "I was out there for around four days. Salaam Fandom was very generally welcomed. Individuals were truly energized. I've likewise been conversing with certain distributers to locate the best method to assemble the Salaam Fandom treasury. In this way, I'm putting it out there!"

Huge Tent for Creatives

Dr. Shamika's system of creatives keeps on developing; she doesn't limit herself to working with specific sorts of Muslims. "I push intersectional, comprehensive Islam. Somebody who is Nation of Islam has the same amount of room as somebody who is Shia, Sunni, Wahhabi or Salafi. We're across the board ummah. My drive isn't to have a board brimming with individuals who look or sound like me. I need to get however much of an intersectional portrayal as could reasonably be expected."

Through Salaam Fandom, Mitchell likewise gives a stage to Muslims making content that doesn't really fixate on their Muslimness. "There [is] space for Muslim substance. I don't trust in disparaging individuals and [categorizing] just the individuals who do Muslim substance as the genuinely strict. On the off chance that you [are a Muslim and] need to [feature Muslims in your] content, fine – if not, fine. We simply need to know you and what you're taking a shot at so we can bolster [and] elevate each other as important and develop the being a fan.

Muslim Diversity and Creativity

Numerous specialists battle with being proudly Muslim, said Dr. Shamika, in their need to make and the push back they get from Muslim people group therefore.

"In my own discussions, a few people would prefer not to feature their Muslimness because of a paranoid fear of being decided as accomplishing something haram. Individuals would prefer not to be derided. There are those specialists who state, 'On the off chance that I approach and state I am a Muslim craftsman, it might influence what number of appointments I get.' There are additionally individuals who, on account of their own dubious relationship with the deen, may not feel that it is something that they may need to transparently distinguish [as Muslim] in light of the fact that they're not 110 percent looking, acting or seeming like what a 'decent Muslim' ought to be.

"[Then] there is this progressing observation in the West [by non-Muslims and Muslims] that so as to be Muslim, you must be ultra-universal, fundamentalist and preservationist, and that is the main sort of Islam. In the event that you're not that, at that point you're not so much Muslim. They truly push a paired for us that they don't push for themselves, regardless of whether they're Christian, Jewish, Hindu [or] whatever."

Dr. Shamika includes that "In the being a fan network, as a result of this Westernized, Orientalist idea about Islam, [the artists] feel like it is possible that you are on one side of the double or the other. The significance for Muslim specialists to make from a real spot is for them to comprehend what their identity is and realize that they don't need to put on a Muslim act. They don't need to perform Muslimness to be truly Muslims. Simply carry on with your life. In the event that you're distinguishing as Muslim, at that point your life is a piece of Muslim reality and not some made thought regarding being a decent Muslim."

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