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 7 p.m. July 16 at Lynnwood Library.
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 10 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.
The program is sponsored by the Lynnwood Library and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. 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