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Lebo Comics Festival
October 12 @ 7:00 pm - November 18 @ 9:00 pm
Comics Now and Then
7 pm, Thursday, October 12
John Kelly, executive director of ToonSeum
With the gigantic popularity of recent major studio films, comics and its characters have never been more popular. But the art form of illustrative narrative dates back to at least the Cave Man. John Kelly, the executive director of Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, will present an overview of comics history and how the ToonSeum, one of the very few museums of its type in the world, plays a role in this significant transformation of popular culture.
Visible Pictures: Tales of Comics Script Writing with Yona Harvey
7 pm, Monday, October 23
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when making a Marvel comic? What are the steps of telling a story in words and pictures? Until recently, poet and writer Yona Harvey wondered, too. She was a sporadic comics and graphic novel reader—off and on since her college years—and considered herself a fan rather than creator. Then Yona’s friend and author of Marvel’s current Black Panther run, Ta-Nehisi Coates, tapped Yona on the shoulder, asking her to try her hand at comics script writing for World of Wakanda. He thought a poet writing comics would be a fun experiment. Yona thought it would be madness. It turned out to be a little bit of both. Whether you’re a comics fan, zine maker, occasional reader or simply curious about comics, you’ll want to hear about Yona’s adventures. She’ll discuss what it’s like collaborating with accomplished female artists like Afua Richardson (All Star Batman, Mad Max, World of Wakanda) and Alitha Martinez (Iron Man, Archie Comics, World of Wakanda), Marvel’s decision to diversify its comics content and creators, her experience working on a Marvel creative team, the process of learning-as-you-go script writing, and more. Yona Harvey is the author of Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in poetry. She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda, a companion series to the bestselling comic, Black Panther. She also co-wrote Marvel’s Black Panther and The Crew.
Suffrage and Sappho: 75 Years of Wonder Woman!
7 pm, Thusday, November 16
Wonder Woman first appeared in Sensation Comics in 1942. Since that time she has been recognized as the foremost female superhero, influencing generations of creators and characters. Join us for a presentation of her history, the background story of her creation, and the ongoing story of her influence, both in comics and the world. Presenter Wayne Wise is a comic book writer, artist, retailer, and scholar living in Pittsburgh. He has a BA in History and an MA in Clinical Psychology. He is a published author and pop culture journalist. He has taught classes on Comics and Pop Culture at Chatham University and has taught seminars on Writing for Comics at Seton Hill and Point Park University. He serves on the Board of the Pittsburgh ToonSeum where he has presented numerous lectures and workshops.
6:30 pm, Saturday, November 18
Learn, Make, Play at this all-ages, after-hours event at the library! Explore the history of comics with hands-on displays from Copacetic Comics and the Toonseum, get creative with comics and zine related art making, play with our green screen, and get a face painting. Super hero costumes admired but not required.