New to the collection is a graphic novel biography, The Life of Frederick Douglass, written by David F. Walker with art by Damon Smyth. It tells the story of Douglass’s life through beautiful illustrations. He lived during the 19th century, was born into slavery in Maryland, learned to read even though it was forbidden to slaves, and ended up becoming one of America’s greatest writers. He worked to abolish slavery and believed in the equality of all. He also was one of the most photographed Americans of the 19th century, even more so than Abraham Lincoln! “Frederick Douglass was acutely aware of the fact that photographs could be used to help define his image in the public eye and, as a result, also influence how white people viewed blacks. In many pictures, his eyes are cast directly at the camera, an uncommon practice at the time, which resulted in a seemingly defiant expression” (Walker, p. 99). His photos were taken without him smiling because he didn’t want to portray “the racist caricature of a ‘happy slave’” (Wikipedia).
If you are not a fan of the graphic novel medium, a biography is a good way to try it out because the illustrations really bring the person’s story to life, which is helpful when learning about historical subjects. It’s not unlike how “Hamilton the Musical” resonated with people and presented a different way of re-telling history, so, too can a graphic novel achieve the same.
We were very excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson to campus last week. Wilson, who is the author of our One Book text Ms. Marvel, gave two lectures on campus. She had much to say about heroes, identity, pop culture, and much more. She is currently the writer for Wonder Women, one of DC Comic’s premier titles. She has a new comic series out called Invisible Kingdom, and a new novel called The Bird King.
Additionally, Wilson explores the background and development of the character Ms. Marvel. She talks about the difference in writing a new character and writing a legacy character (such as Wonder Women). She offers advice to writers and talks about her writing process.
These events were made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson (first lecture), One Book, One College, April 10, 2019
G. Willow Wilson author of Ms. Marvel (second lecture), One Book, One College, April 11, 2019
In preparation visit of author G. Willow Wilson, faculty and students will the significance of the award winning comic Ms. Marvel, which is the 2018-2019 One Book selection. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.
Iva-Marie Palmer, author of the Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook series, will talk about writing middle-grade novels with a graphic component. Attendees will hear about how this process differs from the typical novel, as well as the nuts and bolts of working with an illustrator. The illustrator of Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook, Marta Kissi, will join via Skype to talk about her side of the story. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.
Tommy Hensel, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, discusses the program Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America. He discuses previous and upcoming programming with a special emphasis on This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium.
The Mosaics Program, G. Willow Wilson, and Ms. Marvel
Sundus Madi-McCarthy and Nina Shoman-Dajani club advisers for the Arab Student Union and the Muslim Student Association discuss G. Willow Wilson’s graphic novel Ms. Marvel and the ways that it presents main character Kamala Khan’s identity as a Muslim woman superhero.This program will run from September 208 to May of 2019. This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium.
Faculty member Carey Millsap-Spears discusses the importance of studying popular culture in preparation for the upcoming One Book program on the graphic novel Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium.
Librarians Tish and Troy give a brief overview of Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, which is the 2018-2019 One Book text. They also discuss the program themes. This program will run from September 208 to May of 2019. This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium.
On gaming day at our 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium, we had a session on the classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons. In honor of this event, I want to pass along some nerdy D&D analysis from the 538 blog, “Is Your D&D Character Rare?” They have released a table of the the most popular races and classes in D&D. This is gaming data analysis on steroids. Check it out!