Lecture: Knowledge of All Things Black and Super

Apr 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Lecture: Knowledge of All Things Black and Super photo

Durham, NC poet and playwright, Howard Craft discusses the use of comic book mythology in exploring the politics of race, economics, and identity. Craft is the creator of The Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1 a play that premiered in 2011 and was subsequently adapted into comic book format before its broadcast on North Carolina’s own WUNC as the first African-American superhero radio serial. It is also the source of a forthcoming graphic novel. The Jade City Chronicles follows superhero Herald MF Jones a young black man who through his uncle learns he has superpowers including the ability to fly and to produce balls of energy that he uses in bringing justice to Jade City.

Luis Franco, artist and illustrator of The Jade City Chronicles, joins Howard Craft for this special evening at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in conjunction with the Trenton Doyle Hancock: WE DONE ALL WE COULD AND NONE OF IT'S GOOD exhibition. A comic book signing with Craft and Franco follows the lecture.

Howard Craft is a two time winner of the North Carolina Central University New Play Project and the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship. His play, The Wise Ones, was selected as one of the Raleigh News and Observer’s top productions for 2005 and his work Caleb Calypso And The Midnight Marauders was selected as one of the best scripts for 2009, followed by The Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1 in 2011 by The Independent Weekly. He is a two time NC judge of the National Endowment of the Arts, Poetry Out Loud program and has taught playwriting workshops for adults through the North Carolina Writer’s Network.  He is currently an artist in residence at the Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




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