For many lovers of literature, if you mention Geekdom then you may automatically see Oscar Wao – the Dominican geek who serves as the protagonist in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Though fiction, the book, which introduced many of us to its author Pulitzer Prize winner, Junot Diaz, continues to shine the light on the real life issues affecting black and brown nerds. Thankfully, Junot, ever the activist, maintains this sense of realness. He sat with us in the midst of releasing his newest book, and you will want to catch this interview.
We also talk with the founder of Pyroglyphics Studios, Shawn Alleyne, who blessed this issue with the incredible cover illustration of Junot Diaz. Aside from the illustration, Shawne also shares his passion for not only creating stunning images but telling good stories about superheroes of African descent. Speaking of storytellers, Steven Barnes has been weaving great tales for decades, and while he is known for work that any geek worth his weight will recognize, his talent has taken him far beyond Sci-Fi.
This is definitely the issue you’ll want to check out.