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Nearly a century after it devastated the Mississippi Delta, The Great Flood of 1927 remains the most catastrophic river flood in American history. The Flood disproportionately impacted African Americans in the affected states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi: it is estimated that of the nearly 700,000 people who lost their homes to The Flood, more than half a million were black. The Great Migration of African Americans from the south to northern and Midwestern industrial cities began in large part because of The Flood, as families forced into segregated relief camps eventually chose to seek a better way of life far from their southern roots. Set during The Great Flood, “Strange Fruit” is a provocative, fully painted piece of historical fiction by J.G. Jones and Mark Waid that examines the heroic myth while exploring themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature. In 1927, more than just The Great Flood threatens the small town of Chatterlee, Mississippi. As the rising river and broken levees ravage the former plantation town from the outside, racial and social tensions tear at it from within. But when an otherworldly being falls from the sky and challenges everything this divided community believes, it may change things – forever. In commemoration of Black History Month, join the True Believers Graphic Novel Book Club this February as we read and discuss the powerful and literary graphic novel “Strange Fruit” by J.G. Jones and Mark Waid. “Strange Fruit” is available in hardcover from BOOM! Studios and may be found at your local comic shop or public library. It is also available in electronic format on the Amazon, Comixology, and Hoopla digital platforms. NOTE: New members are always welcome! You don't have to read the book(s) to participate in the Meetup (but it does make for better conversations AND you'll have more fun). A few words about our Meetup location: The Glen Ellyn Public Library is located in beautiful downtown Glen Ellyn. The Library offers free parking within its lot and is within walking distance of the Glen Ellyn Metra station. Several good local restaurants are near GEPL, so once our meeting officially adjourns at 12:30pm we’ll unofficially continue the conversation over lunch at a local eatery. Join us for a legendary epic meal! About the Authors: J. G. Jones is an American illustrator best known for his work on “52,” “Final Crisis,” “Wanted,” and “Wonder Woman: The Hiketia.” Mark Waid is one of the most respected and prolific writers in comics, having written thousands of comic books and graphic novels for nearly every publisher over the last thirty years. “Irredeemable,” “Kingdom Come,” and “Superman: Birthright” are just three of Waid’s many career standouts. “Strange Fruit” has been described as a “deeply personal passion project” for both creators. Note: “Strange Fruit” takes its title from the protest song first popularized by Billie Holliday in 1939. Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees Pastoral scene of the gallant south The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh Then the sudden smell of burning flesh Here is fruit for the crows to pluck For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop Here is a strange and bitter crop Songwriters: Lewis Allan / Maurice Pearl / Dwayne P Wiggins Strange Fruit lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Will Eisner Week is an annual series of events held around the world celebrating comics and sequential art, graphic novel literacy, free speech, and honoring the legacy of comics and graphic novel pioneer Will Eisner. Will Eisner Week runs from March 1st through March 7th and incorporates Eisner’s birthday on March 6th. The importance of Will Eisner to cartooning, comics, and graphic novels cannot be overstated. As an artist, author, teacher, and entrepreneur, Eisner’s pioneering career literally spanned the history of the comic book industry and helped define the visual narrative and the language of comics as we know them today. With the 1978 publication of "A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories," Eisner brought the sophisticated storytelling he’d been championing for decades to a more mature audience and injected the term “graphic novel” into the public consciousness. Will Eisner was ever an evangelist for comics and the idea that comics are a unique and genuine form of literature, the very principle the True Believers Graphic Novel Book Club is founded upon. True Believers are encouraged to celebrate Will Eisner Week by reading a graphic novel! Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon says, “Eisner was unique in feeling from the start that comic books were not necessarily this despised, bastard, crappy, lowbrow kind of art form, and that there was a potential for real art.” In celebration of Will Eisner Week you may read ANY graphic novel, or consider these award-winning graphic entries: • "Blankets" by Craig Thompson • "Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science” by Philippe Squarzoni • "Drama" by Raina Telgemeier • "Maus" by Art Spiegelman • "My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book One" by Emil Ferris • "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi • “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Or read an outstanding work by Eisner himself, such as: • "A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories" • "A Family Matter" • "Last Day in Vietnam" • "The Dreamer" • "To the Heart of the Storm" • "Comics & Sequential Art" Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on what they read during the week with fellow True Believers by posting comments to this Will Eisner Week Meetup listing. For those True Believers that can't always make our regular Meetups, reading a graphic novel and sharing your thoughts with the group during Will Eisner Week is a great way of participating in our community! “Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching up to him.” –John Updike For more information on Will Eisner and Will Eisner week, visit http://www.willeisner.com All artwork and graphics © Copyright Will Eisner Studios, Inc.
Who did Nick Fury call for help at the end of "Avengers: Infinity War?" We'll see for ourselves (finally!) as Captain Marvel debuts on the silver screen in the latest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! March is Women's History Month - let’s go to the movies and help THIS woman make box-office history! NOTE: We'll meet in the lobby of Cinemark Seven Bridges in Woodridge between 11:00am and 11:15am in time for the 11:30am 2D Digital screening of "Captain Marvel." Still the best movie price in town! Film Synopsis: When Earth is caught in the crosshairs of an interstellar war between two alien races, U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers must fulfill her destiny to become the most powerful hero in the Marvel Universe. ‘Nuff said! Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Lashana Lynch, and Jude Law as “The Beaver.” And don't forget Goose the Cat! Running time 2 hours 8 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language. After the movie y'all are invited to stay together for food, fellowship, and tomfoolery at a nearby establishment!
It's time to get your geek on, True Believers – C2E2 is here and celebrating its tenth anniversary! The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – affectionately known as C2E2 – is the premier comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga, cosplay and video games. From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to panels, autograph sessions and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, celebrities and cosplayers to deliver a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago. The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2019 will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago beginning Friday, March 22 through Sunday March 24. Buy your tickets in advance from Graham Crackers Comics and save yourself $10.00 per day (and the delay of having to wait in line) versus buying them at the door! Tickets are on sale NOW at all Graham Crackers Comics locations in Illinois and Wisconsin AND available online at http://www.grahamcrackers.com at the prices shown below: • Friday $30.00 • Saturday $45.00 • Sunday $40.00 • Three-Day Pass (best value) $75.00 If you purchase your tickets online, mark your purchase to pick up at the Graham Crackers store nearest you to save yourself shipping charges. Please note: tickets almost always sell out at Graham Crackers the week before the show. If you plan to attend C2E2 this year, do yourself a favor and plan ahead. Show Floor Hours • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Panel & Screening Hours • Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM • Sunday: 10:45 AM – 5:00 PM For complete information (including up-to-date guest lineups and parking details) visit http://www.c2e2.com