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In the wake of her HBO deal and a comic short with Marvel’s Vernomverse imprint, Okorafor lands yet another high-profile deal with Marvel.

The highly anticipated Black Panther movies comes out next year on February 9. To keep fans excited about the release, Marvel has asked the Hugo and Nebula award wining novelist Okorafor to contribute to the series. How exciting!

Black Panther is a comic book story line that first appeared in 1966. It tells the story of T’Challa, the head of the fictitious African country Wakanda, and his exploits as a superhero named Black Panther.

Okorafor has been commissioned to expand the story line by writing three issues in Marvel’s digital-first series. Her twitter message suggests that there could be more issues.

Her stories will be published under the title Black Panther: Long Live the King.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three-issue release will debut under Marvel’s ComiXology imprint. It will be released bi-weekly starting from December 13.

By contributing to the series, Okorafor is in very fine company. Ta-nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay have been contributors in the past. We are curious about how Okorafor, as an African writer, might imagine Wakanda and approach the characters differently. Fingers crossed.

Okorafor said on Facebook that she has written the first issue and has the summaries for the other two detailed. Ever the hardworking writer!

Congrats to Okorafor!

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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