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Marjorie Liu is First Woman to Win Comic Writing Prize

Marjorie Liu at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con. Photo courtesy of Pinguino K via Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons 2.0.

Half-Chinese American Marjorie Liu became the first woman to win “Best Writer” in the Eisner Awards (similar to the Emmy awards but for comic books).

In the award’s 30-year history, Liu became its first female honoree for her work Monstress — a story she described to Time Magazine as about “young women who fight, who tame, who are consumed — and who become monsters in their own right.”

The series began in 2015 and is published by Portland-based Image Comics. It’s set in a matriarchal society and deals with both feminist and racial issues. According to Liu in an earlier interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the series emphasizes the inner power necessary to deal with constant dehumanization and the power of female bonds.

Sana Takeda, the Japanese illustrator for Monstress also won a couple awards with Liu for their series: “Best Publication for Teens” and “Best Continuing Series.”

Liu shared this year’s Eisner award for “Best Writer” with Tom King (author of Batman). In addition to being an award-winning comic writer, she is also a New York Times best-selling novelist and a former attorney.

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  1. RE: Marjorie Liu is First Woman to Win Comic Writing Prize: I’m curious about the description of Ms. Liu as half-Chinese as opposed to bi-racial or hapa. If you wanted to specific, you could say her father is Chinese and her mother is ???.

    How do people who are hapa (half-half) or mixed race or multiple ethnic heritage prefer to be identified? I’m not criticizing the writer. I just want to know more.

    It also seems that when individuals, especially celebrities, are from an African American and another ethnic background, they usually get labelled African American, e.g. President Obama. Why?


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