This episode was originally published on Dec. 13, 2021. It was updated and republished on Dec. 19, 2022. 

This Week on One Detroit Arts & Culture:

Marvel author Saladin Ahmed discusses Spider-Man series, working in Detroit and diversity in comics

You might know Eisner award-winning comic book author Saladin Ahmed from writing the Marvel comics “Ms. Marvel,” “Black Bolt” and “Miles Morales: Spider-Man;” or maybe you’ve read his original series “Abbott,” a supernatural mystery set in 1970s Detroit. On the heels of his penning his latest Marvel comic book series, ‘The Spine-Tingling Spider-Man,’One Detroit Editor Chris Jordan sat down with the Detroit-based comic book author at Vault of Midnight Comics to learn more about Ahmed’s current projects.

RELATED: Watch One Detroit’s full extended interview with Saladin Ahmed 

Ahmed talks about his subscription-based comic website Copper Bottle and his new Marvel series, “The Spine-Tingling Spider-Man.” Plus, he shares his philosophy on using comics to spark conversations about real-world issues and better represent the diverse audiences that read comic books, as well as how being based in metro Detroit has influenced his writing.

Friendship Circle’s Soul Studio holiday market supports special need adult artists 

The Soul Studio at the Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield-based organization that works with children and adults with special needs, gives adults with special needs the opportunity to hone their creative skills and use their talent to work as professional artists. Every year the artists create special pieces for the Soul Studio holiday market. Bright notebooks, fun T-shirts, and water bottles are just some of the pieces to buy that showcase the artists’ work.

One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith took a visit to the Friendship Circle’s Soul Studio in West Bloomfield to check out the holiday market and Soul Studio’s exhibition, “Community Ties.”

Detroit dance studio Artlab J hosts its 10th annual winter gala performance 

The Detroit-based nonprofit dance organization, Artlab J, hosted its 10th annual winter gala in 2021 at the Andy Arts Center, with the theme “You Are Beautiful.” Since 2012, the dance studio, founded by Artistic Director Joori Jung, has connected individuals of all ages and abilities through the power of dance.

One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith visited Artlab J to talk with Jung about the 10th annual winter gala and talk to the dancers about how they prepared for the winter gala performance.

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