Comic book historian to discuss superhero characters as historical lenses

Andrew Wahl

T. Andrew Wahl

Which superhero do you identify with? What’s your superpower? Why are we drawn to the heroic and superhuman?

Learn about popular superheroes with journalist and comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl at four community discussions in Snohomish County:

  • 2 p.m. June 13 at Marysville Library
  • 7 p.m. July 9 at Stanwood Library
  • 7 p.m. July 16 at Lynnwood Library
  • 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Granite Falls Library Mini Comic-Con

All events are free and sponsored by the libraries, Friends of the Marysville Library and Friends of the Granite Falls Library, and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Wahl’s interactive multimedia presentation engages teens and adults by exploring heroic characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man and examines how superhero characters evolved in response to shifting social mores and historical events.

“Recent blockbuster movie and television franchises indicate that fans of all ages continue to be fascinated by superheroes,” said Marta Murvosh, teen librarian at Marysville Library. “These community discussions will show people who are more familiar with the screen incarnation of superheroes how these fascinating characters are portrayed in graphic novels and comic books.”

Wahl will guide the audience in a conversation that connects comic book superheroes–and the occasional villain–to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology. Wahl has selected ten comics and graphic novels in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection that highlight significant points in U.S. history. To view this booklist, visit bit.ly/WahlsList.

Humanities Washington is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking. The Speakers Bureau helps nurture thoughtful, engaged communities across Washington. For information about T. Andrew Wahl, visit humanities.org/programs/speakers/2015-16-speakers/TAndrewWahl

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