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STUDENT RECEIVES ‘SPECIAL THANKS’ IN MARVEL COMIC

Quade Reed

Creative writing major Quade Reed has received credit in the Marvel comic “The Unstoppable Wasp.”

The Conway native said reached out to Jeremey Whitley, the writer, on Twitter to say, “Thanks,” for writing about a character with cerebral palsy, Taina Miranda. Although Reed sent the Tweet during the Thanksgiving holiday, Whitley responded and promised to get back with Quade.

“So like a week or so later, we exchange a couple emails, and he sends me the script preview with one,” Quade said.

The junior had participated in a workshop taught by Sandy Longhorn, assistant professor of creative writing, titled Forms of Illustrated Narrative and Illustrative Narrative, and he was currently taking an editing course. Quade said both prepared him for the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback to Whitley.

“After I had looked it over and proposed my edits, he sent me another [direct message] on Twitter that said, ‘Also, I’d love to include you in the special thanks for that issue. How would you like to be listed?’” Quade said.

The mention in the comic book falls in line with Quade’s goal of becoming a comic book writer. “I’ve got stories to tell and the unique perspective to tell them from, so nothing is ever going to stop me,” Quade said.

On campus, Reed serves as president of the Francophone, vice president of the Model United Nations and script editor for the Vortex.

With regard to his favorite comic characters, he favors Oracle and Lobo as his favorite superhero and supervillain, while admitting that Lobo is perhaps more anti-hero.