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A Conversation on Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

February 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

To celebrate the recent release of Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books (published by Yoe Books, an IDW imprint), join comics historian and author Ken Quattro, cultural anthropologist and artist Stanford W. Carpenter, PhD and author, editor, art director, graphic designer, cartoonist, and comics historian Craig Yoe for a conversion about the book and the exploration of this little-known history. Moderated by senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, Calvin Reid.

Free to attend!

About the Panelists:

Ken Quattro and his involvement in comic book history led to his being named an historical consultant on the 2017 Hollywood film, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.” Quattro is the author of hundreds of book, magazine, and online articles. He has also provided source material for television programs and many other comics histories. He attended both Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan, studying Fine Art and journalism.

Stanford W. Carpenter, PhD is a Cultural Anthropologist, Artist and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Comics Studies. Stanford has performed extensive research using anthropology, archives, data mining, ethnographic methods, and interviews to reconstruct and track cultural phenomena, creative processes, events, distribution networks, and institutional practices. Stanford is an experienced educator who uses anthropology to give lectures and teach courses on artistic production, comics, media studies, pop culture, visual arts, and identity in a variety of educational settings including liberal arts colleges, research universities, arts institutions, and museums. Stanford has authored numerous articles and cartoon based projects that address research related topics including the introduction of Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books by comics historian Ken Quattro.

Craig Yoe is an author, editor, art director, graphic designer, cartoonist and comics historian, best known for his Yoe! Studio creations and his line of Yoe! Books. Vice magazine has called Yoe the “Indiana Jones of comics historians.” Publisher Weekly says he’s the “archivist of the ridiculous and the sublime” and calls his work “brilliant.” The Onion calls him “the celebrated designer,”The Library Journal,”a comics guru. “BoingBoing hails him “a fine cartoonist and a comic book historian of the first water.” Yoe was Creative Director/Vice President/ General Manager of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and a Creative Director at Nickelodeon and Disney. Craig has won an Eisner Award and the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

Calvin Reid is a senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, the trade news journal of the book industry, editor of PW Comics World, PW’s online coverage of the comics and graphic novel marketplace, and editor of The Fanatic, PW’s twice a month e-newsletter on comics and pop culture. Reid has covered the book industry as a reporter and editor since he joined Publishers Weekly in 1987. He reports on general book industry news in addition to his coverage of comics and graphic novels in the book trade. He is a cohost of More to Come, PW’s weekly podcast on comics and graphic novel publishing, and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation.


February 11, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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