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Harlem Week

Luke Cage: Harlem’s Super Hero

This HARLEM WEEK virtual panel discussion celebrates the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, the largest international annual comic book event, with an exploration of Harlem-based superhero, Luke Cage. Learn from comic creators and television producers about his rise from the comic book page to hit Netflix series while tackling the issues of gentrification, policing, and racism.

Panelists include New York Times best-selling author Brian Michael Bendis; Cheo Hodari Coker, creator and former showrunner and executive producer of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix; former Marvel writer and editor Jo Duffy; and award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator David F. Walker. Featuring analysis by Professor Jonathan W. Gray whose forthcoming project, Illustrating the Race, investigates the representation of African Americans in comics and moderated by Apollo Community Programs Director and former comic book editor, L. Adé Williams.

Community Partners for this event: HARLEM WEEK, Inc. & Midtown Comics, Inc.

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