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December 12, 2017

Afar (graphic novel, 2017)


Graphic novel written by Leila Del Duca, illustrated by Kit Seaton. Afar is a coming of age fantasy about two siblings. The main character Boetema can possess other people’s bodies and must solve the problems she and her brother encounter because of her supernatural ability.


Alan Moore

English writer famous for his work on the comic books Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. He also has a fantastic and impressive beard.



Something that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning


American Born Chinese (graphic novel, 2006)

Written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese is about a Chinese-American student adjusting to his all-American school




Bayer Rustin

American social leader in civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.



coined in the 1970s, black action films for black audiences. Usually, the characters have anti-establishment, stereotypical black characters (see: Shaft, Cleopatra Jones).


Boxers and Saints (graphic novel)

Written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang, Boxers and Saints is about Little Bas and his mission to fight against the foreign missionaries and soldiers that are terrorizing Chinese peasants.



Cleopatra Jones (movie, 1973)

This movie follows special agent Cleopatra Jones as she helps local police forces fight the war on drugs.


Dan Clowes

Daniel Clowes is an American cartoonist, graphic novelist, illustrator and screenwriter.



Superhero from Marvel comics

Alter ego: Matthew Michael Murdock

Superpower: Superhuman senses, radar sense



DC comics

One of the leading comic book publishers, best known for Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.



Deebo from Friday

Antagonist from the comedy film Friday. Friday follows two friends on a Friday in urban LA.


Derivative fiction

Based upon one or more preexisting works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted.


Eddie “Rochester” Anderson

American comedian and actor best known for his appearance in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and his gravelly voice.


The Fifth Element (1997, movie)

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.


Frank Miller

American comic book writer, novelist, inker, screenwriter, film director, and producer best known for his comic book stories and graphic novels such as Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300.


Fredric Wertham

German-educated American psychiatrist and crusading author who protested the purportedly harmful effects of violent imagery in mass media and comic books on the development of children. His best-known book was Seduction of the Innocent (1954)


Gene Luen Yang

Wrote and illustrated American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints


Green Lantern

Superhero from DC comics

Alter Ego: Jonathan Stewart

Superpowers: use of a power ring grants flight, force field, and space travel




Superhero from DC comics

Alter Ego: Curtis Metcalf

Superpower: High tech armored suit



Harry Belafonte

American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist



Superhero from DC comics

Alter Ego: Arnus

Superpowers: hand to hand combat, superhuman strength, speed, and reflexes

(sidekick is Rocket)



Jeanette Khan

Publisher of DC comics from 1976-2002


Black Lightning

DC superhero

Alter ego: Jefferson Pierce

Superpower: electric generation and manipulation



John Jennings

Graphic novelist and author who created an adaption of Kindred


Kindred (book, 1979)

Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece. Re-adapted into a graphic novel by John Jennings and Damien Duffy.


Kyle Baker

Drew Truth: Red White & Black, a comic book series written by Robert Morales and published by Marvel comics about the black soldiers who were used to test Captain America’s super serum.


Levar Burton

American actor, presenter, director and author. He is best known for his roles as the host of the long-running PBS children's series Reading Rainbow, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the young Kunta Kinte in Roots. He has a podcast now. It is good, but not better than ours


Lone Wolf and Cub (manga, 1970)

a manga created by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. First published in 1970, the story was adapted into six films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, four plays, a television series starring Kinnosuke Yorozuya, and is widely recognized as an important and influential work.


Lt. Geordi La Forge

 Star Trek character played by Levar Burton


Luke Cage

Also known as Power Man from Marvel comics




Comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.


Masters of the Sun (graphic novel, 2017)

Masters Of the Sun mixes L.A. Gang culture, B-Boy-ism and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a Hip-Hop group from East L.A. who must battle an ancient, alien God sent to earth to continue a Black Curse--which turns drug dealers and gangsters into zombies. The Black Eyed Peas, in collaboration with Marvel Comics, released an original graphic novel in August 2017.



MAUS by Art Speigelman (graphic novel series, 1986)

Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.




Monstress (comic series, 2015-present)

Written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda, Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.



John T. Guthrie

Researcher and scholar in the area of student motivation as it relates to literacy


Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner

Harvard researcher and professor who identified seven distinct intelligences. This theory of multiple intelligences has emerged from recent cognitive research and "documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways," according to Gardner.


Niobe: She is life (comic, 2015)

a coming of age tale of love, betrayal, and ultimate sacrifice




A Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.



Persepolis (graphic novel, 2000)

a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.



Princeless (graphic novel, 2011)

Written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by M Goodwin, Princeless is about a headstrong princess who is in need of no prince.


Prison Industrial Complex

Describes the attribution of the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies for profit.


Richard Pryor

an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets.


Ricky Ricardo

Played by Desi Arnaz, Ricky Ricardo is the husband on the American sitcom I Love Lucy.


Rigoberta Menchú

political activist from Guatemala. Menchú has dedicated her life to publicizing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous feminists during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and to promoting indigenous rights in the country. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.


Road to Perdition (graphic novel, movie)

Road to Perdition is a series of fictional works written by Max Allan Collins. The comic book of the original series, with art by Richard Piers Rayner, was published by DC Comic.  This work was later turned into a film in 2002.


Ruby Rhod

Character from the movie The Fifth Element (1997) about a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon.


Ryan Coogler

Director of Black Panther the movie


Scott McCloud

An American cartoonist and comics theorist. He is best known for his non-fiction books about comics, Understanding Comics (1993), Reinventing Comics (2000), and Making Comics (2006).


Sergio Leone

an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. His movies include The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) and The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), the Dollars Trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars(1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); Once Upon a Time in the West (1968); Duck, You Sucker! (1971) and the crime drama Once Upon a Time in America (1984).


Shaft (movie, 1971)

Action-crime film about a private detective named John Shaft who is hired by a Harlem mobster to rescue his daughter from the Italian mobsters who kidnapped her.


Shonen Jump

Based on Shueisha's popular Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, Shonen Jump is a monthly publication retooled for English readers and the American audience.


Sidney Poitier

Bahamian American actor, film director, and diplomat


Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Creators of Marvel Comics



Superhero from DC comics

Alter ego: Virgil Ovid Hawkins

Superpower: Electromagnetic


Tuskegee Syphillis Trials

“Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilisin the Negro Male.” The study initially involved 600 black men – 399 with syphilis, 201 who did not have the disease. The study was conducted without the benefit of patients' informed consent by the US Public Health Service. The purpose of this study was to observe the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama under the guise of receiving free health care from the United States government.


Stranger Comics (publisher)

incubator and aggregator of content, developing and designing franchises for multi-media platforms


Ta Nehesi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates is an American author, journalist, comic book writer, and educator. Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly as they regard African-Americans.


The Falcon

Superhero from Marvel comics

Alter Ego: Samuel Thomas Wilson

Superpowers: martial arts and flight


The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (graphic novel, 1988)

The Killing Joke depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman's desperate attempt to stop him.This DC graphic novel provided the Joker "with a sympathetic back story as it presented some of the villain's most vile offenses."



Superhero from Marvel Comics

Alter Ego: Brunhilde

Superpowers: superhuman abilities and mediumship with spirits





Kingdom of Wakanda, fictional nation from Black Panther, in North East Africa


Will Eisner

American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry.  In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel".





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