Comic curator and comic book artist John Jennings will examine the growth, development and current state of underground Black comics in a presentation on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Ursinus College’s Musser Auditorium, Pfahler Hall. Jennings will focus on how Black artists have used the medium to counter mainstream images and portrayals of Africa and African Americans.
Jennings is the author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, Vol. 1, which was nominated for two GLPY Comics Awards in 2009. The GLYPHS are awarded each year at the East Coast Black Comics Convention for outstanding work in the comics medium that pertains to the depictions and concerns of African Americans.
Jennings is an associate professor of visual studies at SUNY – Buffalo.