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Join us on November 18th at 2pm for Experiencing Comics: A Conversation on Uncaged and House of Whispers with John Jennings, Stacey Robinson, and Dr. Nalo Hopkinson (Department of Creative Writing, UC Riverside). The discussion will be moderated by Rachelle Cruz (Department of Creative Writing, UC Riverside).


UNCAGED: HERO FOR HIGHER is a digitally remixed, visually dynamic, gallery comic-installation by critically acclaimed graphic arts duo Black Kirby. Black Kirby is Stacey Robinson (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) and John Jennings (Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside). UNCAGED will examine the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage in his various formal expressions since his creation in 1972. The exhibition will also unpack the multiple connotations of Luke Cage in media culture as an index for the many tensions regarding the black body and the sometimes disruptive meanings projected upon it.


Image courtesy of the artists, based on a sketch by Denys Cowan, colors and art direction by Black Kirby. Black Kirby's work appears in tandem with Harlem's superstar clothing designer D.W. of Pop's Barbershop. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Piranha Jones Memorial Foundation.

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