Dr. Khurram Mehtabdin and Dr. Omar Mirza are doctors by day, comic book creators by night. Their series, Zindan: The Last Ansaars, is the bestselling comic book in Pakistan through CFxComics. Since their 2014 debut, they’ve seen a 150% increase in sales at United States Comic Cons. A saga of South Indian superheroes and supervillains set in the 17th century Mughal Empire, it focuses on two orphans who struggle with their traumatic pasts as they recapture evils unleashed from the prison Zindan. I interviewed the creators at New York Comic Con 2016. Sheltered from the crush of Harley Quinns, Deadpools, and My Little Pony cosplayers, we sat in their red exhibition tent and discussed feminism in Muslim culture, Pakistani immigrant identity in the context of 9/11, and which preteen YouTube sensation they most identify with.
Dr. Patricia (Tia) Powell is Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, Director of the Einstein … Read more