2/13/2020 Staff

Artists to Our Own Stories: Reclaiming Voice Through Comics and Storytelling

Joshua Luna 
Comic Book Creator, Artist and Writer

Graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art and an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Sequential Art,” Joshua Luna is a professional comic book artist and creator. His works explore themes such as diversity in pop-culture, racial hierarchies, institutional power, and the erasure of identity. 

He is best known for his work as co-creator and writer in the sibling duo "Luna Brothers" with his brother, Jonathan Luna. Original works by Joshua Luna include ULTRA, GIRLS, and THE SWORD, published under Image Comics. The Luna Brothers have also provided art for SPIDER-WOMAN: ORIGIN (Marvel Comics), written by Brian Michael Bendis and Brian Reed. Joshua’s work concentrates on female superheroes and the representation of the LGBTQ+ community in his work, as he advocates for stories told by marginalized groups. 

This Common Hour emphasizes visuals and multimedia, underlining Joshua’s work and how he explores his Asian American identity while finding healing through art and storytelling. The topic discusses the notion of power within narratives, who gets to decide and tell stories, and how to foster a sense of agency and self-determination through creative outlets. In addition, Joshua’s experience as a “military-brat” and Asian American invites him to speak on the nuances of citizenship, belonging, assimilation, and navigating through a world that places whiteness in positions of power. 

This event was proposed by Trinity Tran Nguyen '22/Asian American Alliance and Mark Villegas and is sponsored by the Asian American Alliance; Alice Drum Women’s Center; and The Fulton Bank Fund.

 
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