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Wakanda Zine inspired by Black Panther launches

Title pays tribute to people of Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the Marvel film.

With the Black Panther movie being widely praised, a new magazine has launched paying tribute to the people of Wakanda, the fictional African nation ruled by the Marvel hero and king.

Created by stylist Matthew Josephs, Wakanda Zine imagines what the pages of a Wakandan street style magazine might reveal.

Combining influences that span Afro Futurism, Punk and the streets of London, each look was brought to life by photographer David Uzochukwu, creating a world of optimistic fantasy while conveying the strength of the people of Wakanda.

“I’m a classic geek, growing up on videogames and comics,” explains Matthew. “I’ve read the Black Panther comics so it was a dream to imagine the world of Wakanda as it might look on the pages of a Wakandan street style magazine.

“Seeing black people on the pages of a Marvel comic left a lasting impression on me and the Dora Milaje! A whole other level of female representation. That’s very punk and is something we wanted to bring out on each page.”

A personal essay about the impact of representation, written by Gal-Dem editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, can be found within the pages.

A limited run of the Wakanda Zine will be available across the country in independent cafes, cinemas and restaurants.

Black Panther is released at cinemas nationwide from today (Tuesday February 13).

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