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Changing Image of Blacks in Comics

Exhibit Extended - Available until March 29

Level 3 Cousins Gallery
Free and open to the public

The Cousins Gallery will host a traveling educational exhibit that includes an extensive collection of comic books, comic strips, action figures, buttons, statues, trading cards, posters, and original art, curated by Comic Book Professor William H. Foster III.

If you missed Professor Foster's presentation on the history and significance of African Americans in comics, check out his interview with 9News Photojournalist Byron Reid and Reporter Nelson Garcia, as well as his interview with Steve Chavis, Co-Host of First Take with Lando and Chavis, and Public Affairs Manager of Jazz 89.3 KUVO/KVJZ.

Professor William H. Foster IIIBio:

William H. Foster III has been a writer since the age of 8 and published since age 11. Poet, essayist, playwright, and editorialist, he has written 15 books and 10 plays. He is presently a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Professor Foster holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Masters degree from Wesleyan University.

A long-time comic book collector and researcher, Professor Foster has been an expert commentator for both CNN News and National Public Radio. He was a consultant on the historical image of Blacks in both comic strips and comic books for the Words and Pictures Museum of Fine Sequential Art in Northampton, MA, and also a consultant to the 2004 exhibit “Heroes, Heartthrobs, and Horrors: Celebrating Connecticut’s Invention of the American Comic Book” presented by the Connecticut Historical Society.

His exhibit on the “Changing Image of Blacks in Comics” has been displayed at a number of venues across the country, including Temple University’s Paley Library, the 1998 Comic-Con International Comic Arts Conference, the 2000 Festival of Arts and Ideas, and in 2012 for the Texas Visual Arts Association in Dallas.

He is the author of two collections of essays on Blacks in Comics; “Looking for a Face like Mine” (2005) and “Dreaming of a Face like Ours” (2010).

For more information visit his website.



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