Virtual Event: Joel Christian Gill

presenting

Robert Smalls:
Tales of the Talented Tenth, no. 3

in conversation with TIM FIELDER and NATE POWELL

Date

May
4
Tuesday
May 4, 2021
7:00 PM ET

Location

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Tickets

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes celebrated cartoonist JOEL CHRISTIAN GILL—author of the beloved Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History—for a discussion of the latest title in his acclaimed Tales of the Talented Tenth series, Robert Smalls. He will be joined in conversation by fellow acclaimed, award-winning cartoonists TIM FIELDER and NATE POWELL.

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About Robert Smalls

Do you know the story of the slave who sailed himself to freedom? For the third book in the bestselling Tales of the Talented Tenth series, Joel Christian Gill brings Robert Smalls to life by telling the true story of the enslaved African who pulled off one of the most daring and largest heists of the Civil War. Come along for the adventure as Robert earns a job working for the C.S.S. Planter, escapes to freedom, goes on to become a first-generation Black politician, and makes history by writing and leading the passage of legislation that led to the United States’ first free and compulsory public school system.

Tales of the Talented Tenth is a historical comic series that focuses on the adventures of amazing African Americans in action.

Praise for Robert Smalls

"Joel Christian Gill is a modern day graphic griot. His mastery of visual storytelling coupled with his tireless research make him one of the most important artist/scholars working today." —John Jennings, Eisner-nominated comics scholar and award-winning graphic novelist

"Joel Christian Gill gives Robert Smalls the adventure genre treatment that he deserves. We need so much more of what Gill consistently delivers." —Rebecca Wanzo, author of The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging

Tales of the Talented Tenth is a testament, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, that everyday Black people stand under the sun, with bravery and courage, to represent us. Joel Christian Gills shows how ordinary people fight for our collective liberation and whose stories are not often at the forefront of our historical consciousness.” —Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist

Joel Christian Gill
Joel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He is the author of the award-winning Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History volumes I and II as well as Bessie Stringfield and Bass Reeves in the Tales of the Talented Tenth series. He is currently associate professor of illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Nate Powell
Nate Powell

Nate Powell

Nate Powell is a National Book Award–winning cartoonist whose work includes civil rights icon John Lewis’s historic March trilogy, Come Again, Two Dead, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, and The Silence of Our Friends. Powell has also received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the Walter Dean Myers Award. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, PBS, CNN, and Free Speech TV. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. You can visit him online at seemybrotherdance.org.

Photo Credit: Ben Rains

Tim Fielder
Tim Fielder

Tim Fielder

Tim Fielder is an illustrator, concept designer, cartoonist, and animator born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has a lifelong love of Visual Afrofutuism, Pulp entertainment, and action films. He holds other Afrofuturists such as Samuel R Delany, Octavia Butler, Pedro Bell, and Overton Lloyd as major influences.

 

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