NYC // Harlem’s First Black Comic Book Festival @ The Schomburg | Jan. 12
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White Scripts and Black Supermen - Black Masculinities in Comic Books

‘White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books’ by Johnathan Gayles, PhD

On January 12th, Harlem’s Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture will hold the historic neighborhood’s first Black Comic Book Festival, presented by the Schomburg Junior Scholars and Jonathan Gayles, PhD (Georgia State University).

The dynamic event celebrates the rich tradition of black superheroes, where attendees of all ages will enjoy a day full of activities, including a film screening of Gayles‘ White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books, which looks at early hyper-masculinity of Black men in comics.

A pop-up art exhibition, Black Kirby, will pay visual homage to legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby whose work consists of Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, and the first known Black superhero — Black Panther.

There will also be panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and exhibit tables with premiere black comic book artists from across the country.


Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-2200




Registration is required via email: [email protected]. Learn more here.

Watch: White Scripts and Black Supermen Trailer

Through interviews with prominent artists, scholars and cultural critics along with images from the comic books themselves, this film examines the degree to which early Black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about Black men. From the humorous, to the offensive, early Black superheroes are critically considered.

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