WDtS Mattapan: Black Comics and Sequential Art

Saturday, May 30 12:00pm to 1:30pm
BPL - Mattapan Branch
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
25 seats max

In Frances Gateward and John Jenning’s The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, the duo writes that “because the black body has been historically linked to physicality and not intelligence, the depictions of Black superheroes already have inherent issues built into the very conventions of the genre.”

And yet, Chris Claremont, writer for Marvel Comic’s X-Men series said that, after some time passed following their assassinations, a “Malcolm X-Martin Luther King-Mandela resonance came into” inspiring the heroic adventures in the comics, because the stories of their lives “just fit.” 

Comic writing is a world far larger than superheroes in tights, from using Black Nationalism as a comedic tool in Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks to exploring fashion and the aspirations of African American women in the works of Jackie Ormes. In this 90-minute drop-in, we’ll discuss comic writers of color, their work and industry experiences, as well as the techniques used to tell a broad array of stories. By the end of this class, students will have an entry-level understanding of how to approach writing a comic as well as a list of works created by artists and writers of color which have escaped mainstream attention. 

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

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