Sana Amanat

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Sana Amanat
Sana Amanat introduces Barack Obama.jpg
Amanat presenting President Barack Obama a copy of Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 at a reception for Women's History Month.
BornJune 22, 1982
New Jersey, United States
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Editor
Notable works
Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel

Sana Amanat is an American comic book editor.[1][2] Her notable credits include Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel. She co-created Marvel's first solo series to feature a Muslim female superhero, Ms. Marvel, which gained worldwide media attention.[3]

Early life[edit]

Amanat was born into a Pakistani family. She lived with her parents, who were Pakistani immigrants, in a predominantly white New Jersey suburb. Throughout her childhood, Amanat had trouble fitting in and struggled with self-identity. This was because she often saw women who were blonde and white idolized in society while Muslims were often demonized. As a result, she wished to become a pretty white girl. It wasn't until later in her life that Amanat realized that the ideal person is a one who is good at heart.[4]

Career and Education[edit]

Amanat studied political science with a focus on the Middle East at Barnard College at Columbia University in 2004.[5][6]

After college, Amanat worked in magazine publishing for a few years. She then worked for an indie comic book company. There, Amanat learned about graphic storytelling. Two years later, the company went out of business.[5]

Amanat's next career move was to join Marvel Comics in 2009. According to Amanat, an executive at Marvel approached her for the job because she was different than their average employee. She said that the executive told her she had "something different to offer than the regular fanboy who has read comics since he was a kid. [She has] a different voice, and [they] need [her] voice in order to change Marvel."[7] Currently, she is the Director of Content and Character Development at Marvel Comics.[5] In 2014, she co-created Marvel's first solo series to feature a female Muslim superhero called Ms. Marvel.[3] The comic spent several weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List and also won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in 2015.[5] Ms.Marvel sells much more digitally than in stores, has at times been Marvel's top digital seller overall.[8]

Inspiration[edit]

In her Ted Talk, Amanat stated that "the big idea behind Ms.Marvel [was] very much about minority representation, the bigger idea was about finding your authentic self". While creating the comic, she drew on her own experience as the child of Pakistani immigrants in the New Jersey suburbs in hopes that the next generation will not experience identity rejection as she did through a relatable superhero. Numerous young and ethnic letter writers were excited to see Kamala Khan who looked like them and came from a similar background.[5]

Comics[edit]

  • True Believers: Thanos Rising (2018) [9]
  • Generations: Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel (2017) [9]
  • The Mighty Captain Marvel (2017) [9]
  • Hawkeye (2016 – 2018) [9]
  • All-New Hawkeye (2015 – 2016) [9]
  • Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps (2015 – present) [9]
  • Daredevil (2015 – present) [9]
  • Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX (2015 – present) [9]
  • Max Ride: First Flight (2015 – present) [9]
  • Ms. Marvel vol. 4 #1–... (November 2015 – present)
    • Volume 5: Super Famous (tpb, 136 pages, 2016, ISBN 0-7851-9611-0)
      • "Super Famous" (with G.Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa, in #1–3, 2015–2016)
      • "Army of One" (with G.Willow Wilson and Nico Leon, in #4–6, 2016)
      • "The Road to War" (with G.Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #7, 2016)
      • "Civil War II" (with G.Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa, in #8-11, 2016)
      • "The Road to War" (with G.Willow Wilson and Mirka Andolfo, in #12, 2016)
      • "Election Day" (with G.Willow Wilson and Mirka Andolfo, in #13, 2016)
      • "Damage Per Second" (with G.Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Nelson Blake II, in #14-17, 2017)
      • "Meanwhile in Wakanda" (with G.Willow Wilson and Francesco Gaston, in #18, 2017)
      • "Mecca" (with G.Willow Wilson, Marco Failla, Nelson Blake II, and Valerio Schiti, in #19-22, 2017)
      • "Northeast Corridor" (with G.Willow Wilson, Diego Olortegui, and Valerio Schiti, in #23-24, 2017)
  • Ms. Marvel vol. 3 #1–19 (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, February 2014 – October 2015)
    • Volume 1: No Normal (tpb, 120 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-9021-X) collects:
      • "Garden State of Mind" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in All-New Marvel NOW! Point One #1.NOW, 2014)
      • "Meta Morphosis" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #1, 2014)
      • "All Mankind" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #2, 2014)
      • "Side Entrance" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #3, 2014)
      • "Past Curfew" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #4, 2014)
      • "Urban Legend" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #5, 2014)
    • Volume 2: Generation Why (tpb, 136 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9022-8) collects:
      • "Healing Factor" (with Jake Wyatt, in #6–7, 2014)
      • "Generation Why" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #8–11, 2014–2015)
    • Volume 3: Crushed (tpb, 112 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9227-1) collects:
      • "Loki in Love" (with G.Willow Wilson and Elmo Bondoc, in #12, 2015)
      • "Crushed" (with G.Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa, in #13–15, 2015)
    • Volume 4: Last Days (tpb, 120 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9736-2) collects:
      • "Last Days" (with G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, in #16–19, 2015)
  • Ultimate Spider-Man Infinite Digital Comic (2015 – present)
  • All-New Hawkeye (2015) [9]
  • Elektra (2014 – present) [9]
  • Rocket Raccoon (2014 – present) [9]
  • Daredevil (2014 – 2015) [9]
  • Hawkeye (2012 – 2015) [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tahir, Sabaa (February 4, 2014). "ESSAY: Why Muslim Ms. Marvel succeeds in her debut". Washington Post. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Be The Hero: Get to Know Sana Amanat's Story". Makers. September 18, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Wills (November 6, 2013). "Marvel Comics brings back Ms Marvel as a 16-year-old Muslim". Mail Online. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Cavna, Michael (June 17, 2016). "The Pakistani American Marvel editor who is trying to make comic books more diverse". Washington Post. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Thomson-DeVeaux, Amelia. "A New Kind of Superhero | Barnard College". barnard.edu. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Vera, Ruel S. De. "The marvel behind the new Ms. Marvel". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Thomas, Janelle Okwodu, Mickalene. "Sana Amanat Is Changing the World of Comic Books From the Inside Out". Vogue. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Cocca, Carolyn (2016). Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 183. ISBN 978-1501316579.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Sana Amanat". Marvel Entertainment. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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