NOTE: POSTPONED AS OF 2/8/2017, NEW DATE TBD – A Conversation with Joel Christian Gill & John Jennings 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Thursday, February 9, 2017 Cambridge Public Library, Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge
Joel Christian Gill is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and recipient of the 2016 Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 1.
John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award–winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and the illustrator for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred.
First, we set up our sales table while waiting for our guest speakers to arrive. We brought a piles and piles of Will Eisner’s books (20% off!) as well as some of Denis Kitchen’s work and most of Paul Hornschemeier’s books.
One final reminder that TOMORROW (Thursday, 3/6) is the official start of our Will Eisner Week events (including a sale of 20% off all Eisner-related books). It also happens to be the 97th anniversary of Eisner’s birthday. The start time for our evening event has been variously reported, but since it was in the BOSTON GLOBE as starting at 6:30pm, it will be starting at 6:30pm.
At the invitation of Stephen Weiner, director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA, Harvard Square comic shop The Million Year Picnic will participate in Will Eisner Week 2014 as its Boston metro-area representative, hosting or co-hosting a series of events, notably two at the Cambridge Public Library. First, to honor the 97th anniversary of Will Eisner’s birth, there will be a Q&A session between cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier (author of MOTHER, COME HOME; THE THREE PARADOXES; the NEW YORK TIMES best seller LIFE WITH MR DANGEROUS; LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR; and ALL AND SUNDRY) and underground comics legend Denis Kitchen (cartoonist; author; founder and publisher of Kitchen Sink Press (1969-1999); founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; and Mr. Eisner’s friend, publisher, and agent for decades) at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at the Cambridge Public Library. Books by both authors will be available for purchase, and there will be a book signing after their presentation.