'Ms. Marvel' Volume 1 'No Normal' Wins Big At 2016 International Comic Book Festival In Angouleme

At a time where diversity continues to be a heavy subject in all forms of media, it appears that Marvel is ahead of the game.

That is to say, if you haven't read "Ms. Marvel" volume one by G. Willow Wilson yet, which features Pakistani teenager Kamala Kahn, you're missing out.

According to an official Marvel press release, G. Willow Wilson's "Ms. Marvel" volume one "No Normal" comic took home the prize of Best Series at the 2016 International Comic Book Festival in Angoulome. For those not familiar with the awards, it's the equivalent of winning best picture at Cannes International Film Festival.

G. Willow Wilson told the press that working on "Ms. Marvel" has been unifying for her and the team at Marvel in a time where the world is often riddled with conflict.

"At a time when it sometimes seems the world is in a state of constant conflict, it is a privilege to work on a series that unites us through adventure, humor and a celebration of our common humanity," said Wilson.

Wilson and "Ms. Marvel's" win of Best Series was a first ever for Marvel comics, the only American comic book publisher to be recognized for contributions to the international comic book community.

Unfortunately, "Ms. Marvel" volume one winning Best Series came after a very controversial short list of eligible comics. According to Fusion, of the 30 titles considered for the Grand Prix, not a single title was written by a woman.

After several male authors removed their names from the running in protest, two female authors, Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds, were added.

Though it appears that diversity in comics still has a long way to go, "Ms. Marvel" volume one "No Normal" winning Best Series is a least a sign that things are headed in the right direction.



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