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London meets Wakanda with 'Black Panther' inspired zine

INSPIRED: Wakanda Zine

RELEASED YESTERDAY (Feb 9), Wakanda Zine pays tribute to the people of Wakanda, the fictional African nation ruled by Marvel hero and king, the Black Panther. Created by stylist Matthew Josephs, Wakanda Zine imagines what the pages of a Wakandan street style magazine might reveal.

Styled by Josephs, 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 whilst conveying the strength of the people of Wakanda.

“I’m a classic geek, growing up on videogames and comics,” explains Josephs. “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.”

Uzochukwu continues: “I’ve worked with Matthew before so I was excited to get the call about the shoot. I’ve been introduced to Wakanda and Black Panther through Matthew’s eyes. For me, to be able to work with people of colour and capture the strength from each is really mesmerising.”

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

Inspired by the upcoming release of Marvel Studios, Black Panther and the portrayal of women in particular, she writes: “From what we’ve seen so far, our representation in this movie is going to be brash, brave and sometimes bald-headed.

“We are warriors, set to save the world. Our blackness is front and centre; Wakanda is an African country that doesn’t exist in real life, but it already has a place in our hearts and its women look fierce and fabulous.”

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

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is released at cinemas nationwide from Tuesday 13 February.

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