Launching a superhero franchise is a lot of work. The author Shequeta Smith not only created the black female superhero Rayven Choi but also self-published two graphic novels featuring Choi under her Shero Comics imprint, directed a trailer for the series, and launched the second book at Los Angeles Comic Con. Smith was inspired to create her own superhero after a trip to a local comic book store in L.A. “I had trouble finding any books with a black woman on the cover,” says the North Carolina native. So, she decided to create one. “Women make up like 46% of comic book readers, so it’s a no brainer that we should be creating these stories,” Smith says.