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So Here's What Happened with Stephanie Williams, Cowriter of Nubia and The Amazons

Ep. 32

In this new episode of So Here's What Happened! Carolyn and LaNeysha chat with comics writer and creator Stephanie Williams about her latest work, the highly anticipated story of Nubia and the Amazons, for DC Comics. The ladies chat about how Stephanie, co-writer Vita Ayala and their creative team use the story to speak to representation and issues affecting women, as well as the history of Nubia and Themyscria in issue 1 of this new chapter in DC canon.

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So Here's What Happened with Vita Ayala Cowriter of Nubia & The Amazons for DC Comics

In this new episode of So Here's What Happened!, and the second discussion with members of the Nubia & The Amazons creative team, Carolyn and Neysha chat with author Vita Ayala, about the various avenues aspiring writers and artists can enter the comic industry, how Vita got on their own path into working with mega brand DC and Marvel as well as creating their own original work.They of course, got into the ways Vol. 2 of the Fight for Themyscira, Nubia shows that every good leader questions themselves and seeks the wise counsel of their peers, while being able to encourage those who look up to them. In this new issue writer Stephanie Williams, and her creative team show how nuanced and multi-faceted these women are in their speech, leadership and fight styles. But the threat to them grows ever closer as a specter from the past and beyond Doom's Doorway seeks revenge.Nubia & the Amazonsis a mini comic series written by Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala, with art from artist Alitha Martinez. The creative team for the series also consists of BeccaCareywith lettering, Mark Morales with inks, and Emilio Lopez with coloring.Nubia & The Amazonstakes place after the thrilling events of Infinite Frontier, Nubia becomes queen of Themyscira, but the new title also brings challenges.Check out the links below to follow and learn more about about Vita and their work.Website: DefinitelyVita.comTwitter: @DefinitelyVitaNubia & The Amazonsisavailablewherever comics are sold.