Fort Greene store:
Monday, April 3, 7:30 PM
Immigrant Writing Series:
Comics as a Force for Social Change
John Jennings & Damian Duffy present Kindred
Thi Bui presents The Best We Could Do
As comics continue to gain popularity in mainstream media, the notion of the comics creator as a community organizer and cultural worker becomes increasingly relevant. New York Times bestselling illustrator John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, based on the seminal sci-fi novel of slavery by Octavia Butler), along with debut author Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, the story of an immigrant family’s journey from Vietnam to America), discuss the important role of comics in today’s turbulent political landscape. Bui and Jennings will explore how comics authors and illustrators can foster social change both by creating work that gives underrepresented communities a voice and brings new, diverse talent into the spotlight, as well as by using their influence to shake up the culture and norms of the book world.