Exclusive: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jen Bartel to partner on new comic book

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:45:17 AM. National Book Award and MacArthur 'genius' grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates has announced he will author a comic book with Marvel Comics Illustrator Jen Bartel.

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates confirmed that he is writing a comic book about X-Men character Storm with Marvel Comics illustrator Jen Bartel.

In Coates’ Black Panther comic book series, the title character, T’Challa, was married for a while to Storm. Coates met Bartel for the first time at the New York Comic Con this month. Bartel, known among other things for her work on the Jem and The Holograms comic, had illustrations of Storm. Coates bought one and posted it on his Twitter feed, mentioning only that they “got to talk about collaborating.”

Got to talk collaboration with the incredible @heyjenbartel Stay tune!! pic.twitter.com/IurihdWcWX

— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) October 8, 2017

In an interview Wednesday about his new book We Were Eight Years in Power, the 2015 MacArthur fellow confirmed the collaboration. “I guess there’s no point in being coy about it, yeah, there’s going to be a  book, myself and Jen Bartel, who is amazing,” he said.  “I’m not sure when.”

Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me. His Nov. 2 appearance at the Philadelphia Free Library is sold out. A full interview with him is set to appear in The Inquirer on Sunday, Oct. 29.

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